A rare copy of the Declaration of Independence was recently discovered at the West Sussex Records Office in Chicester, United Kingdom. The unique aspect of this copy is that the names of the founders are randomly placed on the back. In the original, the names of the founders are aligned by the state each represented. Researcher Emily Sneff and Harvard Professor Danielle Allen spent 2 years tracking down this piece of history. Based upon the differences, new theories have been introduced with some questioning history as we know it.
See to it, brothers and sisters, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God, Hebrews 3:12.
The unearthing of the Dead Sea Scrolls has had a similar impact on the Bible. Since 1946 archaeologists have collected 981 manuscripts which support the authenticity of the Old Testament. Despite these historical treasures, there is a movement to treat the Bible and Constitution as a living document. While authors of the Bible refer to this book as living and active, this means the message within God’s Word can penetrate soul and spirit to touch the human heart. On the other hand, those who view the Bible as a living document refers to changing with the times making biblical principles obselete.
For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart, Hebrews 4:12.
Although many people put on a good front, pain exists deep inside individuals searching for answers to life. Over time you will come across those who think they have all the answers. These so called experts may even introduce new ideas to combat moderns issues. Yet, in the end, the Bible and Constitution have withstood the test of time. The prophet Isaiah came to a similar conclusion thousands of years ago, “the grass withers, the flowers fade, but the word of God stands forever.” May these two documents serve as a guiding light as you try to make it through the ups and downs in life.
by Jay Mankus