Millions of parents in America name their children John, Matthew, Jacob, Mary, and Daniel. These names have a direct correlation to the Holy Bible, relating back to spiritually-minded men and women written about in the greatest selling book of all time. Yet many of these parents never call on their children to live the type of spiritually dedicated lives as the individuals who inspired generations to choose the same name for their offspring. It really is an amazing fact that some parents do not consider the Biblical origins of a name when assigning it to their children. I thank God for the parents who do.
Millions of Americans have filed for bankruptcy over the past fifty years. Many of them are completely unaware that the concept of forgiving the troubled debtor from his debts comes from Deuteronomy (See Deuteronomy 15:1-11). Bankruptcy should only be used as a last resort, and it is possible to file bankruptcy and still eventually pay the debts you owe. Many people just need some breathing and reorganizing time to get their finances in order. I wonder how many atheists would reject filing a much needed bankruptcy if they knew the origin of the law. Probably not many would change their plans to relieve their financial burden even if the concept comes from a God they refuse to believe even exists.
Have you ever heard the idiom “handwriting on the wall”? It is commonly used when someone just doesn’t get a message that everyone around them seems to understand. Let’s say a small business is about to shut its doors, and one of the employees refuses to believe all the warning signs. Another employee might say to the individual, “C’mon, Harry, can’t you see the ‘handwriting on the wall’?” This idiom has its origin in the Book of Daniel (see Daniel 51-30). A supernatural hand – no arm or body attached – wrote a message on a wall in the royal palace for King Belshazzar to see and for Daniel to eventually interpret. This idiom has lasted throughout the ages. Many of my atheist friends use this phrase dozens of times a year without ever investigating its origin. I doubt they would stop using it if they did discover where it came from.
Whether we are discussing the Ten Commandments or Good Samaritan Laws, the Bible and its teachings are so ingrained in our everyday lives that it really is an amazing fact that the citizens of America would put up with keeping the Holy Bible out of our public schools. Our names, our phrases, and our laws are based on a book that we won’t allow our students to read inside our schools. Perhaps we need to move away from using the shadows of the Bible in our daily lives and get back to practicing the lessons taught in the Bible.