Texas Lawmaker Wants Bible to Be Used as Textbook in State's Public Schools
DALLAS ‚ÄĒ A Texas legislator wants to require the state's nearly 1,700 public school districts to teach the Bible as a textbook, "not a worship document."
The House Public Education Committee was set late Tuesday to consider ‚ÄĒ but not vote on ‚ÄĒ a bill by Rep. Warren Chisum, R-Pampa, mandating high schools to offer history and literacy courses on the Old and New Testaments. The courses would be elective.
The idea of teaching the Bible in school seems to be undergoing a revival nationally. Two literature classes on the Bible are included on a list of state-approved courses that Georgia public schools could choose to offer beginning next year. Some critics say it would be the first state to take an explicit stance endorsing and funding biblical teachings....
Dear Publican(I like you choice of name), In regards to the J.W. entry, simply giving an example why Christians do not witness. Many cults are told what to say "line for line" and know their thought sequence perfectly. They have trouble though when it comes to Bible knowledge. Most Christians(even faithful devotional types)although they love the Lord and His Word do not "study" the Bible(especially doctrine)and once they have someone from a cult approach them and begin their memorized lines Christians become timid. I believe one of the main reasons is they hear them speak at their doors and do not know how to answer so retreat. J.W. believe the Holy Spirit to be an impersonal power and its a shame that the church does not teach basic Bible doctrine in sunday school so believers may be equipped to defend the faith. Topics to teach are fine but definitely secondary to importance to Bible doctrine.
I think, Saved by Grace, that I agree with you, essentially, for the most part. I can't say that I can make out your parenthetical statement concerning the 'J. Witness and the Holy Spirit'; and you didn't finish your thought, post-parenthesis, regarding the 'reason Christians do not witness'. Could you fill me in, please.
Dear Sirs, Most of what has been said may be true. However, what was the intent of our godly founding fathers? At the time of our country's founding the Bible was in the public school. Even the Bible abolitionists main figure (Thomas Jefferson) when first elected President of the U.S. made sure all schools in his area had Bibles(the seated President of the U.S. at that time also had jurisdiction of the D.C. schools and T.Jeff. first order as Pres. of the U.S. was that "Bibles" should be in issued for all of the schools) Wow! The Bible of course would be ridiculed, etc. but this will be to the good of the few Christians who are at public school which is fewer by the years(even this survey states that 50% are homeschooled) because they will take this home and then the responsibility to teach correct doctrine lies on the parents. There is such a lack of basic Biblical doctrin in todays church and it is getting worse. Partially the reason Christians do not witness(for instance the J. Witness and the Holy Spirit as a power and not a person, most Christians to do engage in dialogue because of so little Bible knowledge on the Holy Spirit). Also, the Bible is a restraint in an unlawful society. Although man cannot know the Bible or be saved without the Spirit of God.
In a static atmosphere, purely academic, I would have to agree with you, Wayne M. In a dynamic one, where unbelievers are exposed to the Word of God, I would have to sympathize with M2's 'Pro'. I am no one to make a peremptory statement concerning the effects of the Bible on the atheist.
Good points, Wayne. My conscience as an RC was plagued over the issue of bowing before images and if you don't go to church on a specific day(I'm referring particularly to days besides Sunday) you're commiting a grave sin.