CHRISTIAN VIEWPOINT: The Bible brings truth and light

Who do you trust ? Whose words and promises do you believe? Where do you go to find trustworthy reporting on world events?

It is hard to find a clear route through the maze of information and opinion available today. Many people are satisfied with a simple, polarised view of the world while others seek a range of sources.

It has been reported recently that many young people leave our education system lacking a functioning moral compass.

The stark yet vital issue of telling right from wrong is on the political agenda – and it is not a straightforward exercise.

Any parent or teacher, trying to nurture young children and form the foundations of the next generation, struggles with this daily.

Matters of perspective, relativism, religious belief and personal philosophy can collide and confuse.

Into such an important debate those who build their values and lives on the Bible are able to bring a wealth of wisdom and sound advice.

More than that. For Christians the Bible is God’s word, the instructions of the creator to his creation. What better starting point could there be?

Several lifetimes would not be enough to exhaust the study and application of the truth contained in ‘the good book’.

Maybe now is the time to open it wide and let God’s words of truth bring light and clarity to the next generation.

Peter Barfoot

Head teacher St Mark’s CE Primary School, Natland

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9:10am Mon 2 Jun 14

kendal brat says...

Mark. This goody goody Christian morality is a fairly recent innovation, designed to portray Christianity as the 'tea and cup cake' religion of peace and righteousness. As you know, this was not always the case. Christianity, like most other religions has been used and abused to gain wealth, control and subjugation.

The moral guidance espoused in the Bible has been used over the years to support slavery, extortion and murder. It is still currently used to support the subjugation of women and discrimination against those who don't fit the 'biblical' ideal. It is outdated regressive morality.

Jesus understood 'the golden rule' ethic of reciprocity, and his teachings have value from this perspective, although he too supported the barbaric morals of the Old Testament. But there were many other sages around his time saying the same thing, all borrowing evolved morality from more ancient societies.

But Christianity evolved into a political industry of control and wealth creation. Indeed, Christianity's interest in education was no more than a battle between competing churches to influence young minds to their particular faith, to maintain the revenue stream via the tithe extortion (pay a tenth or face eternal damnation in hell).
Society needs to repossess the morality that the church has mischievously purloined. We need to better understand that morality evolves to fit the needs of society, rather than being stuck in the bronze age.
It is also important to understand that to be properly altruistic, we must do good things for our own good feeling, rather than to service the needs and demands of an imaginary supernatural friend.

Your deep misunderstanding about the source, purpose and evolution of morality, and your attempts to pass that flawed reasoning to our children is one of the primary reasons why religions of all flavours should shuffle rather embarrassedly away from the state education system that we ALL pay for.
Mark. This goody goody Christian morality is a fairly recent innovation, designed to portray Christianity as the 'tea and cup cake' religion of peace and righteousness. As you know, this was not always the case. Christianity, like most other religions has been used and abused to gain wealth, control and subjugation. The moral guidance espoused in the Bible has been used over the years to support slavery, extortion and murder. It is still currently used to support the subjugation of women and discrimination against those who don't fit the 'biblical' ideal. It is outdated regressive morality. Jesus understood 'the golden rule' ethic of reciprocity, and his teachings have value from this perspective, although he too supported the barbaric morals of the Old Testament. But there were many other sages around his time saying the same thing, all borrowing evolved morality from more ancient societies. But Christianity evolved into a political industry of control and wealth creation. Indeed, Christianity's interest in education was no more than a battle between competing churches to influence young minds to their particular faith, to maintain the revenue stream via the tithe extortion (pay a tenth or face eternal damnation in hell). Society needs to repossess the morality that the church has mischievously purloined. We need to better understand that morality evolves to fit the needs of society, rather than being stuck in the bronze age. It is also important to understand that to be properly altruistic, we must do good things for our own good feeling, rather than to service the needs and demands of an imaginary supernatural friend. Your deep misunderstanding about the source, purpose and evolution of morality, and your attempts to pass that flawed reasoning to our children is one of the primary reasons why religions of all flavours should shuffle rather embarrassedly away from the state education system that we ALL pay for. kendal brat
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