Watching the Independent Film, Bible Quiz, I found it both fascinating and a bit frightening.
I’ve known people heavy into Bible Quizzing. Some children are learning the Bible at the same time they’re learning to read.
(as we know, millions of people feel that Their Holy Book is really the Only Book to Read)
It reminds me of the youthful years when “knowing God’s Word” was just about everything (“living it” was something else).
I can remember as a boy of 10, standing in front of a large church and reciting Psalm 100 from memory.
(and in high school I memorized other Psalms and many Bible passages, including Galatians 2:20, a favorite: “I have been crucified with Christ, it is no longer I who live but Christ who lives in me. . .”–I still recite this from memory after 40 years!)
Filling one’s day and one’s brain with ancient words can have a powerful influence on Life and Worldview.
I wonder what the Bible Quizzers would think after watching these clips:
Muslim children memorizing the Qur’an
Buddhist children chanting Sutras
Hindu children chanting Vedic verses
Jewish children reciting the Torah
Some Q’s I have for the Adults who push their children into scripture memorizing:
What is the Purpose of this? We know that it’s making little believers, but is the intent to make them Better Human Beings? Does it really Please Your God to fill your child’s head with ancient words before they can even rationally THINK about the words and reasonably DECIDE whether they BELIEVE OR NOT? Are you so afraid that your child may not CHOOSE to read Your Holy Book later in life or choose NOT to believe those words, asking HARD Q’s when they have the life experience to REASON? Are your children better equipped to find solutions to the world’s problems by spending precious time learning ancient words?
Here are some Quiz Questions for All of Us:
Can’t Children Simply Be Children?
Is there really such a thing as a “Christian Child,” a “Buddhist Child,” a “Muslim Child”?
What if, above all, children were taught the love of reading and learning, questioning and understanding?
Maybe Life is the Only Real Quiz to take?