Thursday, April 15, 2010
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Earlier last year I took part in an extensive class on American History and Government -more specifically called "Principles of American Government" or PAG. The class was taught by Mr. Ben Gilmore, who I will be introducing in my next post. I highly recommend looking into his classes. They are more than worth the time and effort they require.
Over the next few weeks I will discus each of the seven fundamental principles I studied in Mr. Gilmore's class. I will begin today with a very brief and paraphrased overview of the first principle. I hope to expand on these definitions in future articles.
PRINCIPLE OF INDIVIDUALITY
IN A NUTSHELL: Our creator Himself is unique, and He has created us - His people, in His likeness.
The first principle, the principle of individuality, is based on the belief that when God created the world he created every aspect of it with distinct uniqueness and purpose.
The bible speaks strongly in favor of individuality (as apposed to collectivism). Take for example 1 Corinthians 12:4-11… “Now the body is not made up of one part but of many…” This passage in Corinthians goes on to discus the various gifts and talents that God has given to his children and the individuality He has placed in each of them, expounding on the importance of cultivating and using those specific gifts.
The Bible is not against working in groups, organized government, or friendship. Indeed, the Bible praises collaboration. But at the same time it stresses the importance of retaining personal individuality and responsibility in those establishments.
You are not saved through your church, your family, or your state. You are saved by your personal acceptance of God’s grace.
The God who created everything--this God deals with you as an individual! Not as a collective group. He cares about you personally.
----More to come soon.