By Dr. Lawrence Wilson
© January 2016, L.D. Wilson Consultants, Inc.
The Bible as guide means using the Bible to guide many aspects of society. These include education, criminal justice and the entire justice system, and the health care system.
For example, children can use the Bible to learn to read and to learn history. They can also use it to learn geography, government and social science. Most important, they can use it 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 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 one’s religion on others was prohibited in the US Constitution and Bill Of Rights.
However, it 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 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 60 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, narrow-minded, and cruel (circumcision).
WILL PEOPLE EVER RETURN TO THE BIBLE TEACHINGS?
Some are already returning. For example, the evangelical Christian movement is growing, particularly in America and in some unusual places such as Red China. Through their television broadcasts, they are spreading the Biblical message of hope, love and healing around the world.
At the same time, secular systems of education, government and health care are not doing well throughout the world. So it is possible that in the future, more people will realize that they have a wonderful guide as to how to organize society, and they only need consult it.