The most popular book of all time, the JudeoChristian Bible, is much more than the contemporary definition of religion.
Knowledge of the Bible keeps a person way ahead of the times. One of countless illustrations of this is that Jesus pointed mankind to the Old Testament health prescription. Some 3,500 years ago the book of Leviticus had scores of Bible rules for avoiding problems of sickness that cause death. The benefits of quarantine and effective medicines were not recognized by the medical profession until the late 1700s, over 3,200 years later.
How could approximately 40 authors from different locations and walks of life—shepherds, farmers, tentmakers, physicians, fishermen, prophets, philosophers and kings—record a cohesive message except there be supernatural content inspired by God? It was written over a period of some 1,500 years, from around 1445 B.C. (the time of Moses) to about 100 A.D. The Bible was written in three languages. Despite all of these differences written over many decades, the Bible delivers a unified message.
Knowledge of the unalienable rights of man and the importance of human equality comes from the Bible. Over a hundred years ago, the highly recognized Democratic Review proclaimed the United States to be “. . . the great nation of futurity.” “. . . disconnected from and superior to everything in history that had [ever] preceded it.” The article continued, “The American people having derived their origin from many other nations, and the [Creator-based] Declaration of national Independence being entirely based on the great principle of human equality . . . [was the] beginning of a new history” (Henry Kissinger, World Order, Penguin Press, New York, p. 243).
In Genesis we learn about marriage, government, and the church, the institutions that prospered America. Honorable marriages enable husband and wife to live life on an even keel with peace of mind. Children are taught to appreciate the true meaning of Christmas, Good Friday and Easter. They learn to respect the property of others and be outstanding citizens.
Dr. Benjamin Rush emphasized five reasons “for preferring the Bible as a schoolbook to all other compositions.” Dr. Rush was a distinguished physician and scientist. He was the youngest signer of the Declaration of Independence and served in the Cabinet under President John Adams.
Man does not invent the truth. Truth, morality, justice, and honest communication have been intimately related from the beginning. God created man in His image. Scientists remind us there is much that we will never know about the cosmos. People who want to know the truth about life turn to their Maker for answers. Jesus came to tell us the truth, but, more than that, He is the Truth. Truth does not change with shifting human opinions. While revisionism is darkness, God’s truth cleanses and redeems the faithful, John 17:17. Winston Churchill said, “The truth is impossible to disprove. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.”
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Joseph Story wrote, “I verily believe Christianity necessary to the support of civil society.” In fact, it was Christian leaders who insisted upon First Amendment religious freedom from government sectarianism (Joseph Story, American Jurist and Law magazine, April 9, 1833, pp. 346-348).
We have reason to be optimistic that the best days are yet to come, but all of us, as did early Americans, have work to do.
~ D. Norris