The Bible speaks to us asking for the old paths. A reference to look back and see where we have been. Why? Because of the value, it holds. Some things we need to hold on to and others we need to let go of. Let’s take a look and that verse and then What Is History and Why Do We Need It.
Thus says the Lord: “Stand in the ways and see, And ask for the old paths, where the good way is, And walk in it; Then you will find rest for your souls. But they said, ‘We will not walk in it.’
When most of us think back to our childhood school days, we can also remember at least a handful of kids who thought history class was a drag. To them, history just seemed like a jumble of names and dates attached to events long over with and people long dead. What was the point of learning it at all? Oh, if they only realized what they were missing!
1. History helps us develop a better understanding of the world.
You can’t build a framework on which to base your life without understanding how things work in the world. History paints us a detailed picture of how society, technology, and government worked way back when so that we can better understand how it works now. It also helps us determine how to approach the future, as it allows us to learn from our past mistakes (and triumphs) as a society. The same also works in our relationship with God and understanding the bible.
2. History helps us understand ourselves.
To understand who you are, you need to develop a sense of self. A large part of learning is where you fit into the story of your country, the global community, and even the church. History tells you the story of how your nation, church, city, or community came to be everything that it is. It says where your ancestors came from and told you who they were. It explains to you where your foundations of faith came from and how. Most importantly of all, it gives you the ability to spot (and appreciate) the legacies you may have inherited from them.
3. History helps us learn to understand other people.
History isn’t just an essential introduction to your own country, ethnic heritage, faith, and ancestry. It’s also a valuable tool when it comes to an understanding those who are different from us. Global, national, and regional history books help us understand how other cultures affect our own. It even tells us why we believe the fundamental bible doctrine differently and why.
They encourage us to develop a greater appreciation for multicultural influences within our communities as well – exactly why everyone should study history, immigrant history, and so forth, regardless of their cultural background. The study of history also includes biblical and church history.
4. History teaches a working understanding of change.
Change can be a difficult concept to understand. Each of us has a different experience with the rest of the world – an experience shaped by societal norms, cultural differences, personal experiences, and more. We know when we as individuals crave change and why. History helps us better understand how, when, and why change occurs (or should be sought) on a larger scale. It also teaches us how much we need God in our lives and how to develop a deeper relationship with Him by looking back.
5. History gives us the tools we need to be decent citizens.
Good citizens are always informed citizens, and no one can consider himself to be an informed citizen without a working knowledge of History. This is the case whether we’re talking about our role in our community or in regards to our nation on the whole. History helps us become better voters and more productive members of any type of society. It helps put us in a position to inform others better as well. Someone who is well informed of how God and the Bible works become much better Christians. That comes through History.
6. History makes us better decision-makers.
“Those that do not learn history are doomed to repeat it.” George Santayana first spoke those words, and they are still very relevant today because of how true they are. History allows us to learn from past mistakes. It helps us understand the many reasons why people may behave the way they do. As a result, it helps us become more compassionate as people and more impartial as decision-makers. Our judicial system is a perfect example of this concept at work.
7. History helps us develop a new level of appreciation for just about everything.
History is more than just the living record of nations, leaders, and wars. It’s also the story of us. It’s packed with tales of how someone stood up for what they believed in, or died for love, or worked hard to make their dreams come true. All of those things are concepts we can relate to; it’s enriching to know that so could the likes of Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, or Martin Luther King. Even more so, Jesus Christ and what He died for. What He stands for helps us become better people.
Plus, history is just plain fascinating. Everything you like about your favorite movies, television shows, and fiction novels is yours to experience right here in reality when you study history. Explore the possibilities today and step into a whole new world that will change who you are forever.
As we have to take a look at what history does for us and to us. Think about studying the Bible the account of history since the beginning of time. Study the gospels and learn what Jesus did and say. Study the book of Acts about the early church and how we should do church in the 21st Century
Romans 15:4 – For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.
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