“It has been over 150 years since the following words were written:
“If you can induce a community to doubt the genuineness and authenticity of the Scriptures, to question the reality and obligations of religion; to hesitate, undeciding. Whether there be any such thing as virtue or vice; whether there he an eternal state of retribution beyond the grave; or whether there be any such being as God. you have broken down the barriers of mural virtue, and hoisted the flood-gates of immorality and crime.”
These thoughts are from the McGuffey’s Reader of 1854, the book from which most of our great-great grandparents learned to read. Yes, they are quite clear, very specific and extremely critical of a mindset that now has taken over our own nation’s thinking process.
Some may think these words are so ancient that they can have no relevance to our modern way of life. However, reading the remainder of the comments from this honored source, it is obvious that we are experiencing today what McGuffey warned about then:
“I need not say that when a people have once done this. They can no longer exist as a tranquil and happy people. Every bond that holds society together would be ruptured: fraud and treachery would take the place of confidence between man and man; the tribunals would be scenes of bribery and injustice. avarice, perjury, ambition and revenge would walk through the land, and render it more the dwelling place of savage beasts than the tranquil abode of civilized, Christianized men and women.”
It can be a bit eerie that a book used as a primary reader 150 years ago could so accurately portray what a society can become when its foundations are abandoned. Is not McGuffey’s term “savage beasts” descriptive of much human behavior today? Was he not right in slating that giving up the principles of the Bible would result in chaos and immorality?
Surely we can see that if abandoning Bible principles results in immorality, then going back to the Bible is the way back to civilized behavior.
Back to the Bible For Doctrine
A major reason for the reign of ethical chaos in our culture is that “religion” has turned away from the Bible to the doctrines of men. There are more than 10,000 different religions in America, most espousing many completely opposing doctrinal beliefs. Had we given heed to Jesus’ prayer in John 17, we would have seen this chaos coming. The solution? Go back to the Bible for our doctrine!
(Part 2 to follow)