In today's multicultural swamp, where moral relativism is the order of the day, it has become increasingly difficult to assert the truth of Biblical Scripture in face of the idea that nobody and everybody has the “truth.” So how do people of faith assert the truth of Christianity? By demonstrating how the fruits of Holy Scripture are the benevolent results of a truth-bearing seed.
The American Idea
We know that communism was based on a mountain of lies and produced a civilization of murder, enslavement, and impoverishment. And we know that adherents to Islam will believe any lie that advances their religion. The fruits of Islam have led to terrorism, poverty, and despotism.
The American idea, as promulgated by the Founding Fathers, was based on the teachings of the Bible, and the fruits have been incredibly good and abundant: freedom, happiness, and prosperity. That doesn’t mean that America hasn’t had its faults and shortcomings. It took us a while to shake off slavery, an institution that was virtually universal when it was introduced into the New World. But we did rid ourselves of the evil of slavery at great human cost. Since Americans are human, they are subject to mankind’s depravity. However, it is this nation’s general adherence to Biblical principles of morality and political economy that have mitigated its own tendencies toward depravity.
It is the American idea that has attracted immigrants from all over the globe. There is no other country on earth that people are clamoring to get into. They know instinctively that America is the place to live, rear children, work, and prosper. They may not know that the American idea is based on the truth of Biblical precepts, but they do know that America works as a society, regardless of the negative forces that are trying to tear it down. We are the only nation that invokes the blessings of God in the simple statement “God bless America,” which every president has iterated over and over again in speeches to the American people and the world. That is why America is considered the most religious nation in the world, despite the fact that Islamic countries constantly invoke Allah without gaining any blessings, and communist countries like Cuba and North Korea invoke Marx and Lenin as they continue to subsist in misery.
Of course, the humanists and atheists will claim that the Bible was written by human beings and is therefore full of error, and thus cannot claim divine inspiration. You cannot prove the existence of God, they claim. But to Christians and Jews the Bible is the Word of God. Therefore, God exists. We know that God exists because He made all that exists: the sun, the stars, the earth with all its incredible beauties. God’s existence shines through the eyes of an innocent child, the playful babes of animals, the delightful personality of a cat or a dog, the shape of the human being so unlike anything else on earth. Who could have designed the peacock’s tail if not the God Who has created such living wonders? And look at man, given the gift of language and intellect, and the ability to create works of art and magnificent music and poetry.
The Bible vs. Other Religious Books
Why is the Bible the truth and not the Koran or other religious writings? Because the Bible is the early history of man’s relationship to his Creator. It is the statement of God’s law, which must be of God, because no man-made legal system would demand of humans what the Bible commands. The fact that man has rebelled so constantly against God’s law is proof that it is above man’s law because of its divine origin. Man has tried time and again to usurp God’s authority only to bring disaster on himself and his society.
God’s world is a constant reminder of His truth. The sun rises in the east and sets in the west. Every human being lives through a programmed cycle beginning at conception, and passing through infancy, childhood, young adulthood, middle-age, old age, and death. The programming is God’s truth within us, moving us through all the stages of life, inexorably, to its end. Unless we acknowledge God’s work in our lives, and the necessity of using that time and those gifts, we see no purpose to life. Nihilists who believe in nothing usually wind up committing suicide or killing others.
To deny God is to deny truth. It is to deny all that makes life worth living. When we live with the knowledge of the God of the Bible and are willing to adhere to His Word, we accept His guidance. The Bible has been described as the human being’s user manual, written by the Creator. The Founding Fathers, much to our benefit, adhered to that manual and created the greatest, freest, happiest, and most prosperous nation in all of human history. Without the truth, it would have never been possible.
- Samuel L. Blumenfeld
Samuel L. Blumenfeld (1927–2015), a former Chalcedon staffer, authored a number of books on education, including NEA: Trojan Horse in American Education, How to Tutor, Alpha-Phonics: A Primer for Beginning Readers, and Homeschooling: A Parent’s Guide to Teaching Children.
He spent much of his career investigating the decline in American literacy, the reasons for the high rate of learning disabilities in American children, the reasons behind the American educational establishment’s support for sex and drug education, and the school system's refusal to use either intensive phonics in reading instruction and memorization in mathematics instruction. He lectured extensively in the U.S. and abroad and was internationally recognized as an expert in intensive, systematic phonics. His writings appeared in such diverse publications as Home School Digest, Reason, Education Digest, Boston Magazine, Vital Speeches of the Day, Practical Homeschooling, Esquire, and many others.