Today I was interviewed by a newspaper reporter who, it turned out, was a fellow Bob Jones University graduate.
Among other set questions she asked, “What is your most important belief?”
My reply: For God so loved the world that he sent his only begotten son, so that whoever believes in him shall not perish, but have everlasting life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through him might be saved.”
She smiled and said, “I’m so glad you included the second half.”
“Absolutely! We so often forget that “God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through him might be saved.”
I had to memorize this verse as a child in Sunday School. They said this Bible memorization was ‘learning by heart.’ We were to “write these words in our heart that we might not sin against Him.”
Praise God! If only we would take time to memorize the Scriptures, the liturgy and the great hymns. This is not just an Evangelical tradition. The Benedictine monks not only encouraged the slow, meditative reading of Scripture called lectio divina they also memorized great chunks of Scripture. The Rule of St Benedict is infused with Scripture, and was clearly written by a man who was himself infused with Scripture.