The Influence of the Bible
Today it seems that there are forces in the world that are trying to remove Christianity from our society in the name of Pluralism, saying it’s not constitutional or not fair to those who hold to another faith. When one truly studies the history of our nation one will find that the good things that made our nation safe, secure and free had its roots in Christianity.
During the time of American Revolution, French philosopher, Voltaire, once said that Christianity will become a thing of the past before he died. He has been dead now for over 200 years and Christianity is still around.
If you were to remove everything that has been influenced by the Bible from our society, here are a few of the many things you would have to get rid of.
Since Creationist’s and Evolutionists both believe that our planet is over 2000 years old, why is our dating system marking us in the 21st century? Because it marks the birth of the Savior of mankind who was born in a manger in Bethlehem. If our time starts somewhere, why not start it at a time when the Creator of the universe took the form of man.
Within the last 50 years, there has been such hatred towards Christianity that scholars have changed our time system from BC (Before Christ) to BCE (Before Common Era), and AD (Anno Domini = The year of our Lord) to CE (Common Era). One article reported that, “Not all the world is Christian, so it makes no sense for a Jew, a Moslem, a Hindu, a Witch, a Druid, or an atheist to refer to the date as being in the year of "their Lord" when they don't follow him”. How amazing that up until this last generation most people who were not Christian did not have a problem with it.
Science and Astronomy
Even though today’s public school students have been devoid of the how the Bible played a key part in Science, here are just a few things that show how God and the Bible played a part in this subject.
Names of Stars and Constellations - The naming of the stars and constellations, like Orion, were named by God. We find this in the oldest book in the Scriptures, Job.
The Earth – For many years the earth was thought to be flat until explorers proved otherwise. Around 600 BC the Prophet Isaiah recorded in Isaiah 40:22 that the earth was round.
The Second Law of Thermodynamics - Originated in the Garden of Eden from in the Book of Genesis.
Meteorology – Some of the principals used in this field have their origin in the Book of Job.
Zoology - The Classification of Animals are by kinds which have their origins from the account of Creation found in the book of Genesis.
The Structure of Authority
Marriage - No matter what faith you practice, since the beginning of time, there has always been the understanding of a relationship of a man and a woman and them becoming as one flesh. The very institution of marriage originated from the Book of Genesis. How sad that our government has to write a constitutional amendment to remind America what a family is.
A generation ago if a man cheated on his wife or divorced her, he had a really good chance of losing his job or being passed over for promotion. Corporate leaders believed that how a man ran his home determined his success which originated from the Bible.
In regard to relationships the meaning of love has been replaced with lust. True love can wait, while lust is now and is never satisfied. In the book of Genesis Jacob loved Rachel and worked a total of 14 years for her. To him it seemed but a few weeks. Our music echoes the lustful relationship that is heard on the radio such as:
• Its now or never
• Gotta have it now
• Lady, willpower, its now or never
Without the influence of the bible we would never know the difference.
Civil Government – The United States three Branch Government originated from Isaiah 33:22 as well as other laws that are found in our Constitution. Maybe that is why the Constitution is the longest lasting in world history. Did you know the Declaration of Independence mentions God four times (Creator, Nature’s God, Supreme Judge, and Divine Providence)
Before the influence of Darwin, law students were taught from Blackstone’s Commentaries of the Law which used the Law of Moses as it’s foundation. The ideal that was taught was that the Law was universal and unchanging and that it kept a society in check.
Swearing in of a witness – For hundreds of year’s people who were giving testimony at a trial had to put their hand on a Bible and swear that they would tell the truth so help them God. Now that is considered unconstitutional.
When I re-enlisted in the Navy, I was informed that the statement “the year of our Lord” would no longer be repeated and the phrase “So help me God” would not be required any longer.
Capital Punishment – When human government was established in Genesis 9 one of the commands of the Lord was if a man killed another his life would be required (9:6). For many years when Capital punishment was the law of the land our crime rate was low because the law was a deterrent to not commit murder. When Capital punishment was removed, there was no accountability for evil men.
Prior to Roe vs Wade in 1973, an unborn child was considered a human being and those who would abort would be guilty of murder. Now there is no accountability and millions are aborted every year. If a woman is murdered during her pregnancy her killer is charged with two murders. What is the difference if the child still dies?
Our society has dehumanized the name of the unborn child to fetus (from the Latin meaning young one). When the influence of the Bible is removed, a society can justify the meaningless murder of millions of children.
Adultery, Sodomy, and Fornication – These crimes were at one time against the law and were enforced. Now those laws have been removed and allowed. In the area of Sodomy, the father of our country George Washington remarked that this type of lifestyle destroyed the moral fabric of any civilized society.
Origin of Language – Before Darwin’s publication of the Origin of Mankind, linguistics held that the origins of language have their root in Hebrew. Over 22,000 English words have their root in Hebrew. That’s more than the roots of Greek, Latin, and French.
The earliest Chinese language (2000 BC) used picture words or picture grams. Many of the symbols used were influenced by the early events of Genesis. One example:
To Prohibit = Tree + (Divine) Command
Before the ninetieth century nearly every college and university used the Bible as the foundation of their education. Many of our founding fathers believed and promoted that the Bible needed to be the foundation of all learning. See what the founders of Harvard said concerning education.
“Let every student be plainly instructed, and earnestly pressed to consider well, the main end of his life and studies is, to know God and Jesus Christ which is eternal life, and therefore to lay Christ at the bottom, as the only foundation of all sound knowledge and Learning.”
It does not matter what’s next in life, what does matter is who you will follow? Who you follow will determine where you will go.
What will it be? Man’s philosophies that will always change and lead one to destruction or will you follow an all loving Creator who loves you and gave his life so you and I could spent eternally in heaven?
How does anyone get to heaven?
First realize that they cannot get to heaven on their own merits. The Bible says that “For all have sinned and come short (that means everybody can’t get to Heaven on their own) of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23)
Jesus Christ (who is the Son of the living God) came to earth and was born of a virgin woman (therefore he was not born of the curse of mankind) he lived a sinless life and died on a cross for all the sins in the world. Three days later, God the Father raised Him from the dead. He was seen of 500 witnesses and returned to heaven. God’s word says that if we believe these things and call upon the Lord, we will be saved. Romans 10:9 - 13