Is the Bible unsuitable for children? According to two Bavarian
attorneys, the answer is yes. According to a Conservative News Service
report, dated August 4, "A German government minister has been asked to
reclassify the Bible as a book considered too dangerous for children
because of its violent content."
The report continued to say, "Two lawyers from Bavaria made the
request in a letter to Family Minister Christine Bergmann, in which they
said the Bible contained 'bloodthirsty and human rights-violating
passages.'" The lawyers claim that the Bible "preaches genocide, racism,
enmity towards Jews, gruesome executions for adulterers and homosexuals,
the murder of one's own children and many other perversities."
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It is best not to dismiss this story as another episode from "The
Twilight Zone." Remember that it was only a few years ago when the
suggestion that children in America's public schools not be allowed to
pray or read the Bible in their classrooms was considered ludicrous.
Likewise, only a few years ago, few people would have ever dared to
suggest that homosexual conduct would be granted social acceptance,
political correctness, or legal protection.
The truth is, the Bible is vilified and demonized in many of
America's schools, colleges and universities. It receives no better (or
even worse) treatment from the media and Hollywood elite. Likewise,
newspapers, magazines and television broadcasts repeatedly attack the
Bible's veracity and trustworthiness. As a result of this attitude, the
suggestion that the Bible is unfit for children to read will be
propounded in this country in a short matter of time.
However, this "anti-Bible" philosophy contradicts the greatly held
and believed philosophy of America's great statesmen and leaders. John
Quincy Adams said, "I have myself, for many years, made it a practice to
read through the Bible once every year. My custom is to read four to
five chapters every morning immediately after rising from my bed. It
employs about an hour of my time."
Benjamin Franklin added, "We have been assured, Sir, in the Sacred
Writings that 'except the Lord build the House, they labor in vain that
build it.' I firmly believe this; and I also believe that without His
concurring aid we shall succeed in this political building no better
than the Builders of Babel." Patrick Henry agreed. He opined, "The Bible
is worth all other books which have ever been printed."
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Consider the words of other Founding Fathers. George Washington said,
"It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the
Bible." Daniel Webster warned, "If we abide by the principles taught in
the Bible, our country will go on prospering and to prosper; but if we
and our posterity neglect its instruction and authority, no man can tell
how sudden a catastrophe may overwhelm us and bury all our glory in
profound obscurity." Noah Webster stated emphatically, "Education is
useless without the Bible." Even Thomas Jefferson declared, "The Bible
makes the best people in the world."
Similarly, Andrew Jackson said, "That Book, Sir, is the rock on which
our republic rests. Abraham Lincoln said, "But for this Book we could
not know right from wrong. I believe the Bible is the best gift God has
ever given to man." Theodore Roosevelt proclaimed, "No educated man can
afford to be ignorant of the Bible."
Great generals like Douglas MacArthur also revered the Bible. He
said, "Believe me, Sir, never a night goes by, be I ever so tired, but I
read the Word of God before I go to bed." Robert E. Lee expressed a
similar perspective. He said, "The Bible is a book in comparison with
which all others in my eyes are of minor importance, and in which in all
my perplexities and distresses has never failed to give me light and
America's moral and cultural decline is directly related to the
Bible's waning influence in our society. Far from being unsuitable for
children, the Bible is the one sure compass that can give them direction
and purpose for a better tomorrow. If we really loved our children, we
would do our best to make sure they understand this.