By Michael Dante Aprile
It is consistently amazing to me how, when the “enemy comes in like a flood,” the Bible continues to be a “standard” against which we can measure true education. We can depend on its absolute teaching and use it as the foundation upon which to stand. I am now convinced of two things. One, that the Bible (or Scripture) is the foundation of ALL of the knowledge we have ever had or will have, and two, that we have within the pages of those sixty-six books the basis for teaching literally every academic subject known to man.
Before you turn on in the pages of this publication, allow me to explain that I have spent the last three years testing this claim. I put the Bible to the test. You might want to check out a tool being developed at openwordbase.com to get a glimpse of Scripture from an academic standpoint.
It is not unusual that most people think different from God on the subject of academics. Many Christians believe that the Bible is simply a book developed for Sunday school. God does not believe this way. He says that the way to “true success” is through His Word. Christian educators and curriculum developers have gone to great lengths to show a Christ-like thought process within the pages of their Christian textbooks by supplementing their contents with Scripture references. Bless their hearts. This is not God’s way. The Word of God was present at the foundation of the earth. The only supplementing that should be done is TO the Bible — not FROM it.
The best way to explain the error in thought here is to briefly explain the difference between knowledge derived from human beings and knowledge derived from God. In this day, society on the whole acquires its knowledge from a basic trust in modern science. In fact, the dictionary definition for “knowledge” is “science.” Modern science derives all of its “knowledge” by the empirical process. It holds true only those things which can be proven by: the senses, by observation, and by experimentation. Empirical knowledge is like shifting sand: it is always changing. On the other hand, knowledge derived from God, most of which cannot seemingly be tested or discovered through the empirical process, is called absolute knowledge. Ironically, the only knowledge that is absolute is that knowledge that is always true, without deviation or change. Once found to be true it is also found to have been that way “yesterday, today, and tomorrow,” unchanging throughout time. It can be looked at as a very reliable standard and anchor.
If one were to look again at the method of using textbooks, which are primarily comprised of empirical knowledge (the reason they must be changed and updated constantly) as the foundation for knowledge in Christian schools, it would appear that this, by analogy, would seem to be like placing the Bible (rock) upon a foundation of that written by the knowledge of man (sand). The pity of this is that our children, having seen the Scriptures in a mere supporting role to what men have written in the textbooks, will come to a point in their life where they will have to decide upon which foundation they should put their weight. If the textbook has been the basis for their learning and understanding of the world in which they live, they are left free and vulnerable to rely upon that, but I believe it is our duty, as parents, before a living God, to give them a solid reason to put their trust in what the Bible can teach them over what is in the man-derived textbooks.
The Bible is Spiritual and living text that feeds the soul, but it is also academic and full of “absolute” knowledge to guarantee that success that we and our children desire from their education. Very few people look at the Bible in this light. Some points to ponder as examples in this equation for learning are as follow. Dr. Gail Riplinger did her studies in the King James Bible version and made some remarkable discoveries: One of which was that this translation of the Bible contains within its God-given, Scriptural text a built-in dictionary of terms complete with definitions. The vocabulary list within the pages of the Bible is far superior to that of the highest institute of learning, and each time one of the words within the Bible is more difficult than the student would understand, the word is followed immediately with the word’s common definition. This was soon to be discovered by the famed Noah Webster who literally transplanted each word and its accompanied definition into what was then the original dictionary of the English language.
Additionally, I have found during a study of the cauldrons God had fashioned within David’s temple that their measurements equaled the exact formula for Pi (I believe that is Algebra). In two sections of the Bible text you can find what was deemed Einstein’s theory of relativity or E=MC2 (I believe that is Physics). Life in the Bible Institute has developed a sample booklet of mathematics examples derived directly from the pages of Scripture. No matter what the subject matter, you might be astounded to find that the Bible had it first. In fact, we have already discovered foundational information for accounting, agriculture, algebra, anatomy, animal husbandry, anthropology, archaeology, architecture, art, art history, astronomy, behavioral science, biology, botany, chemistry, creation science, criminology, earth science, ecology, economics, ethics, finance, geography, geometry, genealogy, genetics, geology, government, health, history, home decorating, home economics, language arts, law, linguistics, mathematics, medical science, metaphysics, meteorology, nutrition, oceanography, philosophy, physical education, physical science, physiology, political science, psychology, science, sociology, topography, topology and zoology, within the text of Scripture. The God Who created everything now living authored this unchanging textbook and placed the foundation for everything we know in it.
The student who makes the Bible the foundation of their study will soon be teaching their teachers. Wisdom is not difficult for God to impart to the mind that is teachable and willing to learn. This very thing was demonstrated through Jesus, Who was found by His parents in the temple discussing the law with doctors of the Law. The Bible did not say, “Well, after all, He was God.” It says rather that, “He continued to grow in wisdom and stature.” Our children can grow in wisdom also through both a spiritual and academic study of the Bible. The wisdom of God is far superior to that of men. According to God, the wisest man that every lived was Solomon. He pointed out that “There is nothing new under the Sun.” Therefore, we know that what took time for men to conceive was first known of God. The Bible is the Word of God and contains literally hundreds of facts that were only discovered by men or women up to 3400 years after being written in the Bible. If the facts concerning medicine in the Bible had been taken seriously by men of science, literally thousands of people would have lived longer lives; during the hundreds of years it took men to realize these truths.
Jesus, we are told, grew not only in Godly wisdom, but also in stature. The word “stature” has the same root as the word “statue.” A statue is something that is made to stand erect on a firm foundation. This is important in the lives of our children. If they are to learn to stand erect and firm, this must be achieved upon a firm and dependable foundation. Textbooks must change constantly, while the Bible stands firm and is the best foundation for your son’s or daughter’s education. If there were no more books in your school library than the sixty-six contained in the Bible, your children would have the best education available.