Biblical Principles & the study of History
The History Department affirms that a Biblical Worldview should provide guidance in the analysis and interpretation of historical events, personalities, and issues. The following principles provide a Biblical foundation for the study of history:
- God is comprehensively sovereign over the nations. (Acts 17:26)
- Jesus Christ is central in human history. (Colossians 1: 16-17, Ephesians 1: 10)
- God has established order, intelligence, and truth in the universe and history. (Isaiah 42:5, John 1:1, John 1:14, Acts 17: 25 & 28, Romans 11: 36)
- Commitment to objectivity and honesty is essential to historical investigation. (Proverbs 12: 19)
- The Bible provides principles of ethics that guide our evaluation of people and nations. (Exodus 20: 1-17)
- Man is an image-bearer of God, yet fallen and sinful. (Genesis 1: 27, Romans 1:18-32)
- The historian must be dedicated to a reasoned and investigated reconstruction of primary sources. (Luke 1: 1-4)
- The Bible teaches all men to recognize their human limitations. (Psalm 90, Psalm 139)
- History illustrates the brevity of life and the reality of eternity to come. (Ecclesiastes 3:11, James 4: 13-15, Psalm 39: 4-6)
The Assurance of Pardon: The Heidelberg Catechism
What is your only comfort, in life and in death?
My only comfort is that I belong, body and soul, in life and in death, not to myself, but to my faithful Savior, Jesus Christ. At the cost of His own precious blood, He has fully paid for all my sins, and has set me free from the dominion of the devil. He also watches over me so well that not a hair can fall from my head without the will of my Father in heaven. Indeed, all things must work together to fit His purpose for my salvation. Therefore, because I belong to Him, Christ, by His Holy Spirit, also assures me of eternal life, and makes me wholeheartedly ready and willing from now on to live for him. Amen!