by Dr. Lawrence Wilson
© December 2018, L.D. Wilson Consultants, Inc.
The Bible as a guide means using the Bible to guide most aspects of society. These include education, the justice system, child-raising, marriage, work laws, and the health care system – just to name a few areas. The Bible is also a book about history, geography, government and social science. Most important, perhaps, it is a wonderful guide to learn ethics and moral behavior.
The Bible can be used to help physicians treat their patients with dignity and respect, no matter who they are. Attorneys can use the Bible to guide their understanding of justice.
Statesmen, politicians, businessmen, merchants, housewives, husbands, teachers and many others can also use the Bible to guide their thinking and their behavior.
THE BASIS FOR WESTERN CIVILIZATION
In fact, the Bible is the basis for Western civilization. Some will debate this, but if you study the matter, it is clearly the truth.
British common law was the system of law that governed the British empire and was also the basis and context for the United States Declaration Of Independence and Constitution. This body of law is based, in large part, upon the Hebrew and Christian Bibles. As Great Britain and the United States have slowly abandoned the principles of the common law, their societies have decayed and degenerated.
THE OLD WAY - BLIND ADHERENCE TO THE BIBLE
For years, many Americans and Europeans followed the teachings of the Bible in a rather unconscious or blind manner. In Europe, people were forced to follow certain Biblical principles by their kings and queens. The monarchs had converted to Christianity during the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Since they were the rulers, the common people had little choice but to follow their orders.
In America, there was no official government religion forced upon the people. In fact, forcing oneÕs religion on others was prohibited in the US Constitution and Bill Of Rights.
However, forcing was not needed, at least not at first. Most of the people who came to America did so to practice their religion freely. Most were devoutly religious Christians, something that is not taught in our schools today.
Among the largest Christian religious denominations were Catholics, Eastern Orthodox, Protestants, Anglicans, Baptists, Mennonites, and Charismatics. A small number of the early Americans were Jewish. ALL of them loved the Bible!
They wanted to guide their lives, and run their society, according to its teachings. This fact should also be taught in our schools.
As a result, the society was shaped by the Bible in many ways, and continues to be, even if this is not acknowledged as much, today. Values such as truth, honesty, not stealing, and loving and caring for all, come from the Bible. This also needs to be taught in schools today.
THE CHANGE IN PERSPECTIVE
In the past 100 years or so, the truth of the Bible has been questioned like never before, in both America and Europe. Secular teachings such as communism, socialism, homosexuality, use of marijuana, and others have taken hold in these nations. Like rebellious teenagers, people are embracing the opposite of the Biblical teachings in many areas of life.
Some people go so far as to call the Bible homophobic, bigoted, sexist, racist, Islamophobic, xenophobic, misanthropic (woman-hating), narrow-minded, and cruel (circumcision). This is a common theme on television today.
Some of this movement has to do with nations becoming more prosperous. People who experience few economic hardships come to believe that they donÕt need God in their life, as long as they have a car, a television, a refrigerator and other technological devices.
There has also been a takeover of the education system, justice system and other key areas of society by the world socialists, who represent what are called the Rogues on this website. This has been done quietly, at first, although now it is becoming apparent to many people.
WILL PEOPLE RETURN TO THE BIBLE TEACHINGS?
Many are returning. For example, the evangelical Christian movement is growing, particularly in America and in some unusual places such as Communist China. Through television broadcasts and other outreach efforts, the Biblical message of hope, love and healing is spreading around the world.
At the same time, secular systems of education, government and health care are not working well throughout the world. More people realize that they have a wonderful guide as to how to organize society, and they only need consult it.