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Mermade

My public high school offered a course on Bible as Literature. Unfortunately, I could not take it because I was in AP English Literature. I am glad it was an option, though. It was the most popular English elective for seniors. I am from Los Angeles, so a considerable percentage of the students who signed up for it were not Christian. Although all of the teachers were Christian, I think my school did a pretty good job at rationally and objectively looking at the Bible as opposed to religiously. It was taught as literature, a book containing numerous stories. The only book conservative Christians had a problem with at my school was "Inherit the Wind." I don't care for it myself, but that's because I do not think it is has a lot of literary value. I do believe in evolutuion, though, and I see no contradiction with the story of Genesis and Darwin's theories.

I agree with you, Happy. I think the Bible should be part of the cirriculum at public schools. Once I studied the Bible a little more in depth (I'm Catholic -- my Protestant friends generally know a lot more about it than I do) I began to read Western lit with a different "lens." I picked up so many more Biblical allusions. It really enriched my study of English, not to mention deepened my spirituality.

There is A LOT of misunderstanding about the Bible and world religions at large. Religion (not just Christianity) is used to justify ignorance, anger and fear. I wish my high school offered a course on world religions so that maybe, just maybe, our country's understanding about religion and thus other people will improve. Heck, I think offering such a course would be rather "American." This is the melting pot, right?

Reading the Bible cover-to-cover is a bit tedious (as you know). I like that old joke, "If God is the author of the Bible, why wasn't he a better writer?" Or something.

matt

There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

Galations 3:28

What a radical statement! The end of sexes in Christ! How can this be though? Merely rhetoric? A neat philosophy that looks good on paper? No, something must happen to get there...

Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?

Matthew 16:24-27

Truly, the self has a never-ending desire for recognition, fame, riches, and love from others! For how can one know they're alive unless they receive such things? It seems to me that we constantly try to dethrone God, and place self as the king of our life. I must agree with Jesus...those things can get you only so far in life, until you realize it was all for nought...thus, crucify the self! For the end of want, is the beginning of life! But of course, it's never that simple...you can't use self-will to deny the flesh. That's religion, and religion is an evil construct of man used to constrain and formulate God. Look what it's done over the years...but I reckon they just didn't know...

Thus, you've got to make a decision to die to the world, and say, "Wonderful Jesus, I simply can't do this on my own. Even though I've tried helping others and the world without You, it only further inflates my feeling of self-love. Jesus take this life, and I trust you to use it toward your Will."

I'm talking about the end of self; when your will dies!! Then you begin to live! Do you understand what I'm saying? Are you willing to give up your job, your finances, your family, everything, to truly live? I would say that the Christian life is an ever-increasing participation in the death of Christ.

For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.
John 3:17

Yes! God is a good God. He did not come to condemn, but to tell us the truth, that this is life...

The LORD has appeared of old to me, saying:

“ Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love;
Therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you.

Jeremiah 31:3

LindaJoy

The Bible in public school classrooms? NO, NO, NO and NO. To say that there may be some abuses is an understatement of gigantic proportions. Here's an idea- if students come across a Biblical reference in another piece of literature, the teacher can give them the place it is found in the Bible and tell them to look it up for themselves. My girls were raised without that book and they both have masters degrees. Their Biblical ignorance hasn't seemed to have been a problem. This foundation of Western culture excuse is the perverbial Trojan Horse!

Maria

Speaking as a Christian homeschooling, stay-at-home mom, I must say I find this post interesting and the comments intriguing and overall entertaining. However, I would like to share a few things with you.

As a Christian and a homeschooler, I could really care less if the Bible is taught in state schools or not. Because, I firmly believe that the federal government has no right to be telling the parents, who's children attend public school, what they should or should not be teaching. I believe it should be left to the parents of the children in each school district to decide, not the federal government. Does anyone remember the "PTA" and the locally elected "School Board". I mean there was a time when these to organizations decided what would and would not be taught in their local school district.

If the "local majority" voted to allow the Bible in a "local school district" then so be it. If the "local majority" voted not to, then so be it.

Image a "local community" deciding for it's own "local school district" what is best for its "local students". Ummmm, I think it's called "local control".


Samara

I second Maria- and also agree that as a Christian, it's very important to understand where people of other faiths are coming from & what they believe so that one doesn't make a fool of oneself when engaging them.

sdsharpe

There are always problems when public schools teach the Bible. Read what Christopher Ruddy thinks about this issue.

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Dave

I don't think teaching the Bible in public school would be a good idea unless it was not compulsory.

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