Should The Bible Be Taught In Public Schools?


Online congregation earlier this week Florida, State Rep. Kimberly Daniels, filed a House Bill that would require school districts to offer religion classes to high school students as an elective. According to the bill, the courses would be offered to students in grades 9 through 12, and would also include a brief meditation period during classes. If passed, it would go into effect on July 1. Constitutionally will this Bill allow for all religions and texts to be taught on the same level. So, the question is, do we really want to open this door? 
Drop down in the comments and tell me what yall think?


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  1. As a Christian, I love the section of the Bill -

    "An objective study of the Bible, including, but not 20 limited to, a course on the Hebrew Scriptures and Old Testament 21of the Bible; a course on the New Testament of the Bible; and a 22 course on the Hebrew Scriptures, the Old Testament of the Bible, 23 and the New Testament of the Bible. A student may not be 24
    required to use a specific translation of the Hebrew Scriptures."

    I pray this bill passes.


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    1. The Bible was taught in my HS as an elective, but it was supposedly “Bible as Literature”. Not sure if that’s how it actually played out, or if the instructor had an ‘agenda’. Only the Jesus-freaks took the course, so I don’t know (I would so take it now though).

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    2. You called them Jesus Freaks, but later said "you would take it now"? Why now? Are you NOW a "JESUS FREAK"? LOL...

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  2. Sure open the door. The courses are proposed to be taught as electives anyways. Paul said -

    Philippians 1:15-18

    15 Some indeed preach Christ even of envy and strife; and some also of good will:

    16 The one preach Christ of contention, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my bonds:

    17 But the other of love, knowing that I am set for the defence of the gospel.

    18 What then? notwithstanding, every way, whether in pretence, or in truth, Christ is preached; and I therein do rejoice, yea, and will rejoice.

    AGAIN and with emphasis -

    "WHAT THEN? NOTWITHSTANDING, EVERY WAY, WHETHER IN PRETENCE, OR IN TRUTH, CHRIST IS PREACHED; AND I THEREIN DO REJOICE, YEA, AND WILL REJOICE."

    Sure open the door!!!

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    1. First, is this for public schools? Im guessing yes. If so, this idea is unconstitutional on its face and the lawmaker should be removed from office. Public schools are funded by public tax dollars. As such public school districts can not infringe on others first amendment rights to free exercise of religion nor the establishment clause.

      See SCOTUS rulings:

      Engel v. Vitale

      Abington School Dist v. Schemp

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    2. I think it is for public schools. I'm thinking this lady knows the laws to know whether it's constitutional or not. It seems the Bill is in progress, and according to Ms. Ann, if passed, it would go into effect on July 1.

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    3. Stan Smith, how is it unconstitutional??? Do you know what your constitution says???

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    1. There is NOTHING to hard for God. At least she proposed the Bill. God bless her even if the bill is not passed. Many should be like this woman in this way!

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  4. Non-religious schools that offer these types of classes usually study the bible as a piece of literature and not as the true and living word of God. I think students should either seek out religion on their own or enroll in private religious schools.

    Public school is not the place to try to indoctrinate religious theology onto children. Plus, trying to appease everyone by teaching a bunch of different religious courses can cause a lot of conflict, especially in Florida.

    Surely there are other more pressing issues that this State Rep can and should be focused on.

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  5. Sure! As an elective and if it is taught objectively. The "anonymous" poster above mine hit it spot on, though. The Bible--if only taught as a piece of literature, is fascinating! And, while I'm even a BIG yoga advocate to be included in a public school's curriculum, (and, that would include meditation which can be taught/learned objectively), I'm a bit wary of the Congress woman's proposal to require a meditation period be included in a literature course about the Bible.

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  6. I agree that the Bible should be used where relevant even at the high school level. In literature, in cultural studies, concerning its impact regarding culture and history, it's impact on the world today, etc. In this general way most high school teachers would be able to handle it. I also feel in this general way we should not avoid its use due to a fear that we are breaching a wall between church and state.
    I feel though, that to just hand them a Bible on a secular level would be too broad and open to too many points of view.

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  7. In theory this isn’t a bad idea if true biblical scholarship is involved however we know this is an indoctrination ploy.

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    1. As if there are not many other "indoctrination ploys" already in the public school system?

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  8. The Bible is the WORD of GOD, written by men as the Spirit of God (God) gave them unction to do so. It is revelation for the all eternal God. It is TRUTH, and no other literary work can compare. It is unique in its authorship, in its languages, in its impact and in its resiliency. In it is the greatest message ever told to mankind, a message that reaches the inward depths of the souls of all human beings who ever created. Men hearts are ever yearning for peace and comfort because of sin. And the LORD granted not only fulfillment, but meaning and purpose to life for all, even more who would trust in HIM.

    This lady proposition is from on HIGH. The Lord touched the depth of her soul with a calling to reach a NEED of these young students. She poses do in a wise way an objective study of the Bible - Hebrew OT and the New Testament and PRAYER. If it is to be taught, it should be taught as it is the WORD of GOD it IS - from Genesis to Revelation.

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    1. And, it is your perspective "Anonymous", is exactly why such an initiative will hit a dead wall.

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    2. It's a book from Genesis to Revelation - FACT. You tell us how it is to be taught "onjectively" as a fascinating piece of literature?

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    3. *"objectively"...

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    4. Sure. There are many colleges and universities that have a course(s) to study religion from a non-secular viewpoint. A quick syllabus description might look like the following: "This course provides students with a foundation in the study of religious traditions and in the analysis of the complex roles religion has played and continues to play in world cultures."

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    5. Interesting. I'd like to see the do that with the Bible (Genesis - Revelation), and from.a non-secular viewpoint as well. To do so will not be studying the Bible objectively as the Lady Rep proposed the Hebrew OT and the New Testament. If they take the approach you mention, I personally pray the bill will not pass. The Bible is a book of DOCTRINE, tons of doctrine that should be taught and believed.

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    6. The Bible is the Word of God, and it should be entreated as such. It is NOT a fascinating piece of literature. It is as it states "the power of God unto salvation, to everyone that believes"

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    7. For YOU, it is the Word of God, "Anonymous". We've been through this in the past and therefore I shall give you just another opportunity to call me whatever you would like;

      It's wonderful that YOU believe in YOUR God and His Bible. There is not one thing wrong with that. This is the choice that YOU have freely made for yourself and how YOU have freely chosen to guide and live YOUR life by. But, just as YOU have freely made YOUR choice, there are many others who have chosen differently. They believe in different Gods with different Bibles. Or, they believe in the same God and Bible but with different interpretations. Speaking only for me, I'm not in any position to speak to who is right or wrong, but what I do know is what I have chosen to believe and chosen to follow for myself personally and why I believe it. I don't have time, (nor the interest), to worry about anyone else except myself and MY abilities to live up to and follow that which I believe.

      But, you're not alone in being against the Bible being taught in a non-secular environment and from a clinical perspective. Many religious leaders feel as you do and they do not wish to have the Bible dissected in such a way.

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    8. This topic is about the Bible being taught in the public schools. Up to this point, I've only addressed that. Yet you seem to want to steer the conversation in another direction with your latest reply. If you do a comparative study of all religions, none stack up with TRUTH of Scriptures. It is not the WORD of GOD "to ME". He is NOT "MY GOD", but rather the SELF ETERNAL GOD who made ME. He not only commanded me to live by HIS precepts, but that all of us whom He made in His Image (YOU included) to do the same. No man can make up the narratives of SCRIPTURES. It is God breathed, not because I or anyone says it is, but because HE said so. It is not a guide for MY LIFE. If I had my druthers, I'd live my own way like YOU say you have chosen. Any one with an ounce of common sense who have any literary skills knows that the Bible is a BOOK that contains language requiring interpretation, and meaning, and history of real people, and prophecies and predictions, and doctrine stories of salvation and redemption and life lessons and JESUS. It reveals the TRUTH so that anyone can be in a position to speak to who is right and who is wrong. Any attempt to view or teach this BOOK or the many subject matters surrounding is FRAUDULENT!!!

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  9. Not a fan of this happening in public education. This is where i would suggest students do dual credit on the college level. Only studting the bible but not offering courses on the Qu'ran, other holy texts would be a lawsuit waiting to happen. Besides you can have bible study at church or at home. Hard pass.

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    1. Will it be for a lawsuit if the bill is passed?

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  10. Miss Ann,

    Every parent is responsible in raising and educating their child. If parents think schools or any other institutions care for the souls of their babies - they need to think again!

    “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” (Proverbs 22:6)

    Only the parents know the way their child should go and NOT the school system.

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