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by baldilocks

Yes­ter­day on Face­book, I asked my friends for writ­ing top­ics and received some excel­lent sug­ges­tions. Here is one of the fruits of that request. When moti­vated, I can, some­times, go on.

Another great request: com­men­tary on our spir­i­tual con­di­tion as Amer­i­cans. Vol­umes are pos­si­ble, but only one exam­ple is necessary…for those with “an ear to hear,” as it were.

The fear of the Lord is the begin­ning of wis­dom: a good under­stand­ing have all they that do his com­mand­ments: his praise endureth for ever.

–Psalm 111:10, KJV

My peo­ple are destroyed for lack of knowl­edge: because thou hast rejected knowl­edge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: see­ing thou hast for­got­ten the law of thy God, I will also for­get thy children.

–Hosea 4:6, KJV; empha­sis mine

Ste­fan Molyneux inter­views a uni­ver­sity pro­fes­sor– Dr. Duke Pesta – who says that most of his stu­dents believe that the United States was the first nation/​kingdom/​entity to intro­duce slav­ery into the world.

Of course, there are too many fac­tual refu­ta­tions to this ridicu­lous notion and the fact that the US is the only nation to go to war over slav­ery is most sig­nif­i­cant for com­par­i­son pur­poses. (Please spare me the argu­ments about whether the Civil War really was about slav­ery — unless you’re try­ing to help me sleep.)

That the most obvi­ous refu­ta­tions lie in the Bible is even more sig­nif­i­cant. Even those who don’t read the Bible but are of a cer­tain age have seen the still-​watchable Ten Com­mand­ments. But with hun­dreds or thou­sands of enter­tain­ment media vying for our atten­tion in this era, it’s a safe bet that the num­bers who’ve seen that clas­sic have dropped off and vary directly with the age of those look­ing to be entertained.

Back to the ori­gin of the movie. Egypt is not the only king­dom that enslaved the ancient Hebrews. They were also why-study-the-bibleenslaved by Nebuchadnezzar’s Baby­lo­nia, Assyria and Per­sia. And, of course, ancient Israel had its own ver­sion of slav­ery. But, those who don’t want to know, don’t know.

Two fac­tors which are most star­tling to me about the professor’s assertion.

  • That so few young Amer­i­cans have actu­ally read the Bible, even if it is just to be able to cogently argue against what’s in it, and
  • That young Amer­i­cans know so lit­tle about not only Amer­i­can his­tory, but about on-​going present-​day crimes with respect to slav­ery, which do not involve the United States gov­ern­ment whatsoever.

Those facts are not evi­dence of uni­ver­sity– or even K-​12-​level indoc­tri­na­tion or fail­ure, but of parental desire. Par­ents who want their chil­dren to know what is in the Bible will make sure that they know, even in the face of the myr­iad dis­trac­tions of 2016. And, of course the oppo­site is true.

And this Chris­t­ian says that this fac­toid is emblem­atic of our col­lec­tive — if you’ll par­don the con­no­ta­tions of that word– and spir­i­tual con­di­tion as Amer­i­cans. If the fear of the Lord is the begin­ning of wis­dom and the lack of knowl­edge destroys a peo­ple, then an indi­vid­ual – and a peo­ple — can be fooled and destroyed by any falsehood.

And, included among those false­hoods, appar­ently, is that Amer­ica is the guilti­est of all nations where slav­ery is con­cerned and that, as a result, she deserves to be pun­ished over and above all others.

(Thanks to Instapun­dit)

Juli­ette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game (click on left side­bar image), was pub­lished in 2012. Her sec­ond novel will be done in 2016. Fol­low her on Twit­ter.

Please con­tribute to Juliette’s JOB: Her new novel, her blog, her Inter­net to keep the lat­ter going and COF­FEE to keep her going!

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by baldilocks

Yesterday on Facebook, I asked my friends for writing topics and received some excellent suggestions. Here is one of the fruits of that request. When motivated, I can, sometimes, go on.

Another great request: commentary on our spiritual condition as Americans.  Volumes are possible, but only one example is necessary…for those with “an ear to hear,” as it were.

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever.

–Psalm 111:10, KJV

My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.

–Hosea 4:6, KJV; emphasis mine

Stefan Molyneux interviews a university professor— Dr. Duke Pesta–who says that most of his students believe that the United States was the first nation/kingdom/entity to introduce slavery into the world.

Of course, there are too many factual refutations to this ridiculous notion and the fact that the US is the only nation to go to war over slavery is most significant for comparison purposes. (Please spare me the arguments about whether the Civil War really was about slavery—unless you’re trying to help me sleep.)

That the most obvious refutations lie in the Bible is even more significant. Even those who don’t read the Bible but are of a certain age have seen the still-watchable Ten Commandments. But with hundreds or thousands of entertainment media vying for our attention in this era, it’s a safe bet that the numbers who’ve seen that classic have dropped off and vary directly with the age of those looking to be entertained.

Back to the origin of the movie. Egypt is not the only kingdom that enslaved the ancient Hebrews. They were also why-study-the-bibleenslaved by Nebuchadnezzar’s Babylonia, Assyria and Persia. And, of course, ancient Israel had its own version of slavery. But, those who don’t want to know, don’t know.

Two factors which are most startling to me about the professor’s assertion.

  • That so few young Americans have actually read the Bible, even if it is just to be able to cogently argue against what’s in it, and
  • That young Americans know so little about not only American history, but about on-going present-day crimes with respect to slavery, which do not involve the United States government whatsoever.

Those facts are not evidence of university- or even K-12-level indoctrination or failure, but of parental desire. Parents who want their children to know what is in the Bible will make sure that they know, even in the face of the myriad distractions of 2016. And, of course the opposite is true.

And this Christian says that this factoid is emblematic of our collective—if you’ll pardon the connotations of that word– and spiritual condition as Americans. If the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom and the lack of knowledge destroys a people, then an individual–and a people—can be fooled and destroyed by any falsehood.

And, included among those falsehoods, apparently, is that America is the guiltiest of all nations where slavery is concerned and that, as a result, she deserves to be punished over and above all others.

(Thanks to Instapundit)

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game (click on left sidebar image), was published in 2012. Her second novel will be done in 2016. Follow her on Twitter.

Please contribute to Juliette’s JOB:  Her new novel, her blog, her Internet to keep the latter going and COFFEE to keep her going!

Or hit Da Tech Guy’s Tip Jar in the name of Independent Journalism—->>>>>baldilocks