The life-changing power of God and Scripture has changed the world. Objectively measuring the life-changing power of God and Scripture/the Bible in the world might seem impossible, except for an overriding truth. All human knowledge of Christ’s life and teachings, and God’s ways, truths, plans, purpose and promises for mankind, comes solely and directly or indirectly from Scripture. Everything bearing God’s authority and the name of Jesus Christ is inseparably linked to God’s inspired Word, Scripture/the Bible. No other book has produced such universal and lasting changes in the lives of billions of faithful believers in every generation. The Bible has directly changed culture, governments, leaders, constitutions, education, music, literature,art and life itself.
- Religious philosophers influence minds; Scripture and Christianity change hearts, lives and eternal destinies
- Bible influence on American culture, government, leaders, federal and state constitutions, education, music, literature, art
- Billions of Christians live by faith in God, Christ and Scriptures
Life Changing Power Quotation
God’s Power in Scripture
“God alone has the power to change lives for eternity, and that power is focused on the Scriptures”
R.C. Sproul–Theologian, Author; Bible Scholar:
An intimate knowledge of the Bible is indispensable to an educated man
“I consider an intimate knowledge of the Bible an indispensable quality of a well educated man.”
Dr. Robert Milikin— Nobel Prize Winner, former President of CIT
Education is useless without the Bible
“I believe that the Bible is to be understood and received in the plain and obvious meaning of its passages; for I cannot persuade myself that a book intended for the instruction and conversion of the whole world should cover its true meaning in any such mystery and doubtthat none but critics and philosophers can discover it. – Education is useless without the Bible.”
Daniel Webster— 1783 – 1852, Statesman and Orator
The Word of God is alive and active and judges the hearts of men
“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. 13 Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight.Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.”
Hebrews 4:12-14 – NIV
Scripture is alive and reveals the truth and reality of Jesus Christ
“You accept the historical Jesus?” “Unquestionably! No one can read the Gospels without feeling the actual presence of Jesus. His personality pulsates in every word. No myth is filled with such life.”
Albert Einstein –Scientist, Physicist – 1879-1955; Theory of Relativity
The Bible changes lives by God’s power
“When the child of God looks into the word of God and sees the Son of God, he is changed by the power of God, into the image of God, for the glory of God”
Warren Wiersbe–Theologian, Author, Scholar, Teacher
It’s impossible to rightly govern without God and the Bible
“It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible”
George Washington —1st President
In Christ, the Old has gone and the new has come!
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come:[a]The old has gone, the new is here!
2 Corinthians 5:17
Jesus Christ is easily the most dominant figure in history
“I am an historian, I am not a believer, but I must confess as a historian that this penniless preacher from Nazareth is irrevocably the very center of history. Jesus Christ is easily the most dominant figure in all history.” –
H. G. Wells – Writer, Historian
“A man can eat his dinner without understanding exactly how food nourishes him. A man can accept what Christ has done without knowing how it works: indeed, he certainly would not know how it works until he has accepted it.”
C.S. Lewis,–Writer, Theologian,1898-1963
Novelist, scholar, broadcaster
Life Changing Power Examples
Christian Influence Statistics
The 2015 International Bulletin of Missionary Research “Status of Global Missions,” observed that the obedience of eleven Christian disciples 2,000 years ago has grown into an astonishing 2.4-billion professing Christians today. Even after 2,000 years, Christianity is still growing at a rate of 80,000 Christians daily or 30-million new Christians every year! According to a May 2015 Pew Research report, professing Christians comprise about 74-percent of the U.S. population (173 million). A world population of 7.3-billion people still leaves 5-billion people (two-thirds of the world’s population) “on the wide road leading to destruction” (Matthew 7:13-14). The alarming number on the “wide road” may be even greater than statistics suggest, since Christ clearly taught that not all professing believers are truly His followers.
Age of Life-Changing Influence
Barna Research polls report nearly half of all Christians made a personal decision to trust and believe in Jesus Christ before age fourteen(43-percent). Two out of three born-again Christians (64-percent) made that commitment before their eighteenth birthday. Three out of four Christians (77-percent) trusted Christ as their Savior by their twenty-first birthday. Less than one-in-four born again Christians (23-percent) embraced Christ after their twenty-first birthday. These statistics affirm the critical importance of “training up one’s childrenin the way they should go” (Proverbs 22:6). Ultimately, every parent is accountablefor knowing God’s truths and ways and teaching them to their children (Deuteronomy 6:6-9, Ephesians 6:4, 1 Peter 5:8, Proverbs 13:24).
The Bible has changed Government
Jesus was not a political figure but His Bible teachings have had a greater influence on government than all the politicians who have ever lived. America’s founding fathers were heavily influenced by God and Scripture and sought a unique balance between church and state, consistent with Bible concepts. In a ten-year study at the University of Houston, researchers examined 15,000 documents from America’s founders. They concluded that 34-percent of the founder’s quotations came directly from the Bible, the greatest influence byfar of any source.
The Bible changed America’s constitution and declaration of independence
Although America’s constitutional government is not specifically Christian,almost 50 of the 55 signers were Christians (Orthodox), and the Constitutionhas its roots firmly planted in Christian doctrines. America’s first constitution, The Fundamental Orders of Connecticut,required every aspect be grounded in Scripture.
• The Constitutional system of checks and balances emerged directly from the founders understanding of the Biblical doctrine regardingthe sinfulness of men.
• In the Declaration of Independence, the idea that all men are createdequal is based on Biblical doctrine.
• America’s “Rule of Law” (versus the authority of men, stems back to the Old Testament’s Ten Commandments.
• The existence of moral absolutes (a Biblical concept) can be seen in the Declaration of Independence: “self-evident truths,” “ and unalienable rights from the Creator,”
• The organization of the Judicial, Legislative and Executive branches of government can be found in Isaiah 33:22.
• Fair trials with multiple witnesses is also a Biblical principle.
• The separation of church and state is a Biblical principle recognizing certain limits the “state must not exceed.” Ironically, what was originally intended to avoid state abuse of the church has today been twisted into an excuse to exclude Christianity from the public forum.
The Bible and God’s influence is referenced in 50-state constitutions
The preamble of the constitutions of nearly all 50 states explicitly expresses gratitude for the blessings and goodness of Almighty God. Every preamble also acknowledges that America’s personal, civil, religious and political freedoms depend entirely on God’s continued blessings. Below are over a dozen representative examples of typical state constitution preamblesfrom every part of the United States. Notice that God was mentioned not just in in the beginning of America, but as recently as 1956 when Alaska became a state:
The Bible changes lives through other Christians
Christ’s Great Commission is for believers to share His Gospel message with all nations (Matthew 28:18-20). None of the six-billion published Bibles or the billions more tracts, commentaries, study guides, spiritual books, videos, CD’s or scripture representations – had “legs.” All were made available by believers to others, resulting in billions of personal testimonies of changed lives and renewed minds. Only the power of God working through His inspired Word and the life-changing Gospel of Jesus Christ has ever accomplished anything of this magnitude in the history of mankind.
The Bible changed Education
The phenomenon of education for the masses has its roots in the Protestant Reformation and efforts to make the Bible available in the language of the common man. The advent of the printing press at about the same time greatly advanced that effort. Many of the world’s languages were first written down in a translated Bible to spread the Gospel to the world. In America, the first law to require education of the masses was passed by the Puritans. The law was called “The Old Deluder Satan Act.” The act grew out of the Christian belief that Satan gains a foothold in people’s lives because of their ignorance of Scripture. [#96] — For the first 200 years in America, children’s reading texts emphasized biblical literacy. The emphasis on literacy in colonial America was intense. John Quincy Adams reported in the early 1800s that the illiteracy rate was only 4/10th of 1-percent. In contrast, an estimated 40-million people (14-percent) in America today are functionally illiterate. [#96]. Almost all of the original 126 colleges in colonial America were Christian institutions, founded by Christians.