Is God truly sovereign over history? Michael Farris talks about tracing God's hand in the affairs of men, on today's Home School Heartbeat.
In 1524, England was a land of contradictions. The Renaissance was in full bloom. Thanks to the printing press, education was flourishing, and the age of exploration was well underway.
But beneath the surface a struggle for power broiled. The conflict was spiritual, and at its heart was this truth from Deuteronomy 8:3: "Man does not live by bread alone but by every word that comes from the mouth of God."
To feed His people God sent William Tyndale. Trained at Oxford and Cambridge, Tyndale had both a love for the Scripture and an unusual aptitude for language. God used William Tyndale to get His Word into the hands of the ordinary people in their own language.
Bishops and courtiers feared Tyndale's work would promote anarchy as it spread like wildfire throughout the nation. Indeed, much unrest did result. Yet in 1528, Tyndale wrote these prophetic words: "They tell you that Scripture ought not to be in the mother tongue, but that is only because they fear the light, and desire to lead you blindfold and in captivity . . . ."
God had other plans. His light would shine. Thousands of New Testaments sailed undercover to England.
In history, God has the final say. Helping your children see His hand in the affairs of men will make history a fascinating subject. I'm Mike Farris.
Dear HSLDA members and friends:
Nothing in my brief remarks on radio should be understood to disparage the Roman Catholic Church of today. HSLDA takes no position on such issues and my comments were not intended otherwise.
That does not mean that I agree with the actions of the Roman Catholic Church or the Church of England or any other officially established church during the era of Wycliffe, et al.
I think that an objective reading of history will demonstrate the prime importance of getting the Bible into the hands of ordinary people. Without the popular distribution of the Bible, we would not have American self-government and the free world would not exist.
I do not understand current Catholic teaching to say anything contrary to these views concerning the importance of the Bible.
Friends will never agree over all details of history. What is important is whether we agree on what should be done today.
The point I was trying to make on Home School Heartbeat was to highlight the importance of the Bible and its influence in our society. No criticisms of any current person or church were intended.
Next to the Bible itself, the English Bible was--and is- the most influential book every published. The most famous of all English Bibles, the King James Version, was the culmination centuries of work by various translators, from John Wycliffe the fourteenth-century catalyst of English Bible translation, to the committee of scholars who collaborated on the King James translation.
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