In the 18th Century the French philosopher Voltaire, who scoffed at idea of a living God and those who believed in Him, predicted that the Bible would disappear from public life within the next one hundred years. As a leading writer and philosopher in the age of “Enlightenment” Voltaire was celebrated for his progressive ideas regarding religion and the Bible. One of his most scandalous statements, which brought him in direct conflict with the Catholic church in France and resulted in his exile to England, was “If God did exist, it would be necessary to invent him.” Today, over 200 years after his death, the Bible, not only still exists,but is the most popular and best-selling book of all time. Meanwhile, the“progressive” ideas propagated by Voltaire and others like him, continue to cause a new generation to question the existence of God and the relevance of the Bible.
Here at FCS the reading and study of God’s Word is especially important because we believe in the literal interpretation of the Bible, and that every word has truly come to us from God.The Bible itself reveals that the Scriptures were given through the Holy Spirit, to each of the authors who wrote all 66 books of the Bible. We also believe that the words of the Bible are powerful, and can help to change and transform individuals into the kind of person that God really wants them to become in Him. Psalm 1:1-2, “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law he meditates day and night.”
Several years ago our school took part in celebrating the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible. Led by the head of our English department, Daryl Safreed, the faculty and students read the entire Bible out loud to celebrate this anniversary. It took a five-day event to read the entire Bible out loud without stopping. Despite its volume, the Bible itself is actually God’s simple plan revealed to human beings. Think about it, in one Book, God gave us everything we need to know about Himself, about His Son Jesus Christ, and about the Holy Spirit. He gave us the basics of salvation through His Son, Jesus Christ, and how He wants us to live our lives as Christians. In this one Book He provides all the ways and commandments of the Creator of the universe. He gave us a glimpse of what is waiting for us in heaven, but also provides a warning that eternal separation from God is waiting for those who would choose not to believe what is contained in this Book. In truth, we believe that Florida Christian School cannot fulfill its mission unless we faithfully read and apply the Word of God to everything we do. II Timothy 3:16-17, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.”
One of the great privileges of being at a Christian school is that we can teach the “truth” of the Bible to our students. We know that there are no other spiritual truths from any other source that will allow our students to have true spiritual growth. Any other source is just false hope and failed human wisdom which has no ability to change people, because it is not coming from God the Father, the source of life. All other sources of wisdom that our students face in the world today, and will face in the future, have no supernatural ability to change and spiritually transform them in this life.Only the divine truths that are contained in the Bible have this supernatural ability. Hebrews 4:12, “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” 1 Thessalonians 2:13, “For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the Word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth,the Word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.”
The fact is that most Christians have either never read the Bible in its entirety, or have read very little of it.Mr. Safreed, who is now with the Lord, had a love for God’s Word that inspired many of our students and faculty to read the Word and to treasure it. That event reminded all of us just how much working knowledge there really is in the Bible, and how this knowledge can dramatically change and transform the quality of our lives. Today, people like Voltaire, who continue to scoff at the authenticity of God’s Word and all those who believe in the living God, cannot squelch the existence or the relevance of the eternal Word of God. “For the Word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do.” Hebrews 4:12-13.