In a series of articles dealing about Satan and how he deceives people even today, we can not fail to mention two important ways people get deceived.
- They are told history is not important today
- They are told Church is not important today
Both of these statements sound absurd to many people but they are prevalent in today’s society and we are all suffering because people believe in these lies.
First, history is not important. There are five reasons why many people believe this statement.
- Because the way it is taught in school- dates and places etc for standardized tests students often forget the importance of the facts they learned.
- Because they had forgotten the facts they had learned, they assumed they were not important.
- History is taught in many cases in a very boring way- reading out of textbook or group projects.
- Because you can make good grades and not learn much from the process, the student assumes that history is not that important on their own.
- In school today-history is taught in such a way that most other courses are more important. In an era where a good trial attorney or doctor can make over a million dollars a year and the average history teacher in high school is making 1/20 of that yearly salary after the same amount of time- society has figured out what is important and what is not.
Second, The Church is not important. There are five reasons for why people believe this as well.
- The Church does not keep up with the times, it is old fashion and full of history
- The Church is based on the Bible and Bible is nothing more than history
- All throughout history, sinners have gone to Church and it hasn’t helped them
- I used to go to Church many years ago but now that is ancient history.
- All through history, there have cases of cruelty, injustice, and murder committed by people in the Church- why should I listen to them if it didn’t do any good for them?
Notice something strange here. We say that on one hand history is not important but yet we try to prove why the Church is not important and we use history. In fact, I will do the exact same right now. However, I will describe an event in history that could easily have changed the last 100 years and will prove my point. Yet, this event is not being currently taught yet you will learn about it today.
June 1, 1919- The US Senate defeated President Wilson's request to send 85,000 Peacekeeper Army to Armenia.
What this one event caused was a change reaction:
- Nationalist Turkey attacks Armenia and gains back land from Armenia
- The Republic Of Armenia collapses and taken over by the USSR
- Armenians view the Soviets as their saviors and for 71 years gave up their liberty, political freedom, and religious freedom
If the USA had sent 85,000 troops to act as peacekeepers the following 14 Points would not have happened:
- The Republic of Armenia would not have been attacked by Turkey
- The Nationalists would not have taken over in Turkey
- The USSR would not have taken over in Armenia
- In fact the USSR could have easily lost to the White Army with US help
- No Stalin if there was no USSR
- The League Of Nations would have been much stronger- Ethiopia, Rheinland, and China
- No Hitler if we had a strong League of Nations
- No Hitler no WWII
- No WWII No Holocaust
- No Stalin No Holomodor
- No Pearl Harbor
- No Atomic Bombs Dropped on Japan
- No World War II No JFK as President
- No JFK Assassination
So history becomes important, correct? If you still do not believe me, look at the Bible. The Bible according to many is nothing more than a history book. It may be true or may be false. However, to the people who read the Bible it is true. Why? Not because the Bible said it was true but it is because when you read the Bible you can see that people all throughout history make the same mistakes over and over again. If something happened in the past and it happens again right now- doesn’t this prove that did happen? Lust, greed, and power is not the central theme of just Washington D.C. It is a central theme of people in general all through the ages and especially in the Bible. Paul wrote epistles to places where they had established Churches only to find out that once he or others had gone away, they reverted back to their old ways. Sounds familiar, of course it does.
The most interesting argument about the Bible comes from the Protestant Churches. They reject the Church and say that the Bible should be the sole authority not the Church. However, what they do not say is that the Church created the Bible- by putting it together. Without the Church, there would be no Bible. In essence you can not have the child of a person who looks like their parent to be that parent can you? If you reject the Church and her teachings would you also not reject the Bible? You can not have it both ways unless you base your argument on bad history. On top of this Martin Luther, a German Protestant Reformer, took the position that he would eliminate books out of the Old Testament deeming them not to be important. You can easily question what authority Martin Luther had to do this, but the most interesting fact is that two of the books he eliminated were the two books of the Maccabees. The Maccabees dealt with the Jewish revolt against the Greeks who would not allow them to practice their religion. Without the events that were covered in the Maccabees, Jesus Christ would not have been able to come because there would have been no Jews left. This is history, this is why it is important to teach it. It is why people can be deceived because if they know history they will understand these relationships and our relationship with God. Amen