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Topic: BOOK(S) - Begins January 4 / Ends January 11 (01/04/18)
TITLE: Power of Written Word
By Gloria Pierre Dean
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Well; “I cannot.”
Can you remember when you first read a book?
Some of my earliest memories were of reading adventure stories by Enid Blyton. In her Famous Five books, she wrote at length about children solving crimes and this must have impacted me that even today I find myself solving crimes whenever I watch mystery movies. Most importantly I remember listening to stories at my father's knees and in Sunday school. This activity made me feel very happy. My mind would wander off on little trips of imagination as I listened. In those stories good always won against evil.
At school, I received the highest grades in reading subjects such as History and Literature. I think the Father knew that his created beings would find the written word fascinating and he put that desire for stories inside us. There would be no books without the gift of language. As we know there was a time when all the world spoke one language; then came the tower of Babel*. The Bible takes us from the time of Creation until Paul and well into Revelation. Today we feed our souls on that Living Word that was handwritten by patient scribes. We now know that the power of written words is immeasurable. Recent times have seen the rise in sales of ebooks.
‘We can continue reading books without having to buy them in 'hard copy'!’
Parents buy books for their children because they want them to learn from them. People who buy them do, so that they can enjoy them. Many movies are based on books that were written years ago and viewers find them fascinating. One of my favourite movies is Pride and Prejudice and the book was written about a time which we no longer see today, but the movies take us back into that era and give us so much joy.
Employees of modern day schools are often surprised to find that many of the books that children are assigned to read are replete with stories of the demonic and witchcraft. The Bible is not allowed nor are stories of God as Creator; however, evolution is given full reign. The students' beliefs are being influenced in our times.
Children are being taught that ‘many animals have adapted and evolved with webbed feet. Webbed feet help animals propel themselves through the water with ease’ or that ‘the spots on some leopards did not appear overnight. This process took generations of snow leopards to physically adapt to their environment for characteristic spot patterns to evolve.’ In my opinion, such words oppose Creation.
Another plus about books is that brave Christian film producers make movies based on Biblical stories which many of us love. Films have been made about Esther, The Ten Commandments, The Passion of the Christ and The Exodus amongst many others which help bring the Bible to life.
Finally, Jesus described as The Word by John the apostle is the culmination of this article.
*“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 The same was in the beginning with God.”
John 1: 1-2
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