According to CBC’s Here and Now (Newfoundland provincial news), There are many MUN students in this province that cannot find the Atlantic Ocean on a map, or other basic knowledge of the globe. That’s a saddening commentary on the education my peers have attained.
What’s sadder is an equal (if not greater) amount of ignorance and ill education in the church! People who don’t know what’s really in the scripture…why? Because they can’t be bothered to actually study it. They rely on the opinions of men instead of learning for themselves, “whether these things are so” like a Berean. Not only is it expected of a student to crack open their textbooks and study, but it should be expected of a Christian to open their Bible and study it. How else do you expect to be able to listen to someone talk and know if it lines up with scripture or not? By comparing it to a preacher’s opinion, which can err, or by comparing it with the scriptures themselves?
When you were a child and studied for a test, did you study what your friends thought about the material, or the material itself? And how well did that work? Without a doubt, a better score is gotten by studying the actual material. Likewise, unless you study scripture, you’re just not going to get a good understanding of God, of Biblical history, the importance of obedience to Christ, or the rebellious nature of man. In fact, it’s this very rebellious nature which plays a part in why Bibles are going unread by so many professing Christians.
Reading the Bible – really reading it, not just skimming it, not just reading the one or two verses pointed to by your devotional, but really, prayerfully reading it – you find out that it really is what it claims about itself:
For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.
Yes, reading this Book can be uncomfortable at times, yes, you WILL be convicted. You will come to realize with more depth that God is great and mankind is, as a whole, foolish and wicked.
Humanity is supposed to be so ‘intelligent’ these days…yet the generation in Universities and colleges now (my age) can’t find themselves on a map. People think they’re so smart…but in reality mankind is going BACKWARDS not only spiritually but even with their knowledge of their own geography. And without a doubt, other areas of their education.
Yes, mankind as a whole has acquired so much knowledge…but who really has it? Or what? In reality it’s stored in books (which people don’t want to read), and on the internet. Many students make haste for their smartphones, tablets, etc to google something they need to know. Little is kept as head knowledge by many of today’s students. So what happens if you lose your internet connection? That resource you tap into has gone, what knowledge do you have now to help you face life?
For most young people (in reality, people in general), their heads are filled with secular song lyrics, video games and the hotkeys thereof, movies, TV shows, gossip, and other forms of entertainment. Many can recite to you the ‘vital stats’ of their idolized sports stars, actors, or musicians.
But they won’t be able to tell you (without Google) what James 4:4 says, or John 14:15, or recite the Ten Commandments. They won’t be able to tell you what repentance means, or what the significance was of the veil in the temple being torn in two when Jesus died on the cross.
These days…they can’t even seem to point out where each of the seven continents are!
And for many church goers, their heads are filled with: guess what? Secular song lyrics, movies, TV shows, gossip, and other forms of entertainment. Many can recite to you the ‘vital stats’ of their idolized sports stars, actors, or musicians. But most won’t be able to tell you (without using google) what James 4:4 says, or John 14:15, or recite the Ten Commandments. They won’t be able to tell you what repentance means, or what the significance was of the veil in the temple being torn in two when Jesus died on the cross.
These days, they can’t even seem to wrap their head around the idea that they should really read and study their Bible, because a textbook is to a student what a Bible is to life!
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
2 Timothy 2:15
And if you wonder what James 4:4, John 14:15, and the Ten Commandments are, here they are:
You adulterers! Don’t you realize that friendship with the world makes you an enemy of God? I say it again: If you want to be a friend of the world, you make yourself an enemy of God.
If you love me, obey my commandments.
The Ten Commandments:
1. You must not have any other god but Me (Jesus Christ).
2. You must not make for yourself an idol of any kind.
3. You must not misuse the name of the Lord your God (ie take in vain). The Lord will not let you go unpunished if you misuse his name.
4. Remember to observe the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. You have six days each week for your ordinary work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath day of rest dedicated to the Lord your God.
5. Honour your father and mother.
6. You must not murder.
7. You must not commit adultery.
8. You must not steal.
9. You must not testify falsely against your neighbour.
10. You must not covet.
You need to study the Bible to know what it actually says. If you don’t, it’s so much easier to be blown about by every wind of doctrine, so easy for you to get complacent in your walk, so easy to be between lukewarm and cold. For many people, the indoctrination given to them by secular media has closed their minds to the things of Christ and opened them to all kinds of sin, both to tolerate it and to partake of it. This should not be so.
If you are a Christian and you love God, and you can read, what keeps you from reading His word? In the same way that a wife cherishes a love letter from her husband (and vice versa), so too should a Christian cherish and hunger continually for the Word of God…His love letter to us.
Be a Berean!
And the people of Berea were more open-minded than those in Thessalonica, and they listened eagerly to Paul’s message. They searched the Scriptures day after day to see if Paul and Silas were teaching the truth.