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Topic: Reading (01/25/07)
TITLE: Truth: Never Too Old (Or Young) To Learn
By Shirley Hegwood
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Last week, my granddaughter asked me for help with a reading assignment. I was assigned to “hear” her read an assignment from her Social Studies book. It was ablaze with false misdirecting writings being presented as education on acceptable behaviors in life. I was appalled and astonished! What a direct insult in the face of God masqueraded in a textbook. I have not been gifted with the wisdom Solomon had, but neither am I ignorant.
I’m thankful that God doesn’t change the Bible, and that He consistently teaches us all that really matters from one Book. It is never outdated; rather, it records the past, present and future of our existence on earth; from beginning to end and how to live our lives here.
As an English and Grammar book, the Bible exhibits rules of speech and writings. I read several translations of the Bible: Scofield’s KJV, the NIV and the NKJV are my present favorites. The “ye, thee and thous” don’t confuse me—nor do the “findeth, thithers, whithers or goests.” Being a Latin and Greek student, I understand how important endings are to words, how several words can become one word, and that proper word placement in sentences is vital to comprehension.
Math problems on an elementary reading level oftentimes go beyond my comprehension. I believe that anyone who can decipher algebraic equations has received a special gift and calling from God. Math is not my favorite subject, however, as a Math book, the Bible enthralls me with a love for God’s Math. It still conveys that one plus one does equal two; and that time is measured by God; as are the grains of the sands of the seas, or the trees of all the earth’s fields, or the numbers of the hairs of our heads. I am fascinated by terms of old that were used for weights, measurements and coinage. I especially love the measurements of the Temple.
Today’s Health books are inundated with misinformation. In addition to some good healthful information, the reader can also be taught how to become sick. An excellent illustration in point is the encouragement for one to protect themselves from their promiscuities. The Bible simply teaches don’t be promiscuious for in so doing, you not only sin but you can reap the whirlwinds of consequences that effect the body, mind and spirit.
What a Geography book is the Bible! The countries, cities and towns; the seas, rivers and lakes; the mountains, hills and valleys, each having their place on this planet as a contributor to our environments, livelihood, and survival. Biology leaves innumerable trails through all of these geographical areas in the Bible. We have heard how DNA is another step toward man creating a human being. Oftentimes, man has dissected God’s Word and elevated himself, without fear, into an authoritative persona of a god who brings disastrous conflicts and diseases across the world.
Man has yet to supersede the Bible in Geometry or Calculus knowledge. Notable scholars in these fields continue to contribute to modern technology. God speaks…and it happens! I also use my Bible for a Dictionary. It defines “ologies, theories, righteousness, sin” and all the words in between.
Science and medical books abound. Today’s science has reportedly “evolved.” Many medical professionals and scientists are strong believers in the Bible—many are not. We cannot deny that God uses physicians and medicines when He so chooses to alter the course of illness. Neither can we deny that Jesus Christ, teaching and leading others by example, instantly healed diseases of the mind, body and spirit without the first needle or pill. Enough said.
The Bible is the world’s most prolific Social Studies book for all ages. Its pages graphically detail man’s inhummanity to man or their compassion toward each other. The Bible teaches us by examples and promises that good will forever overcome evil. It teaches and exhorts the reader to use the true keys to love, peace and joy in this life. Social Studies proclaim modern man’s answers to excusing sin. The Bible doesn’t theorize or hypothesize the results and consequences of sin. It reveals how, through Jesus Christ, answers to social skills are learned and applied. Enough said.
For just one very tiny example of a very powerful and short reading wherein is a key to unlock a treasure of wisdom, please read I Kings 4:20-34. Etcetera, etcetera, etcetera!
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