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Why Grammar?  Christian Worldview

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 1:1
But He answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. Matthew 4:4
But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers, only, deceiving your own selves.  James 1:22
Death and life are in the power of the tongue:  and they that love it shall bear the fruit thereof. Proverb 18:21 

According to Holy Writ we are made in the image of God.  His very Name is Logos or The Word.  In Scripture we read, over and over again, of humanists striving in vain with God for control.  We see it throughout time when studying history and in contemporary Post Modern life.  The babel of the humanists resound everywhere with the aim to abuse God's gift of words or language.  Unless one can communicate clearly and distinctly what we have been commanded to do (i.e., Cultural Mandate, Dominion Mandate, Great Commission), how can we, with a clean and clear conscience, answer to our King on Judgment Day?  How can Christians take dominion in every aspect of life as we have been commanded ... family, education, science, law, business, math, language, grammar, literature, civics, and on and on ... unless we study God's gift of Words or language?

Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.
                          2 Corinthians 10:5

The answer is simple ... we cannot.

Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth
                          (2 Timothy 2:15)
Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain
                        Phillippians 2:16

Grammar, or how to mechanically use the gift of the written word, is imperative for the Christian.  Grammar enables the Bible to be read with a better understanding as well as gaining the self-discipline of studying God's Law-Word. This very gift allows us to talk with God (i.e., pray).  It empowers God's people to communicate the Good News to others as we have been commanded.


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Grammar Shows Order

The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth His handywork.  Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge
                            Psalm 19:1,2
The grass withereth, the flower fadeth:  but the word of our God shall stand forever
                           Isaiah 40:8

God is orderly and consistent applying His Law-Word to all parts of the universe.  Nothing is too big or too small for Him.  He is sovereign over all and no one is above Him.  Grammar reflects one small piece of God's consistency and orderliness.  The parts of speech, for example, are true for those during ancient civilizations, the middle ages, the Great Reformation, today and tomorrow.  It follows basic rules that may be applied to an endless variety of situations (e.g., suffixes, prefixes, punctuation, etc.).  Whether or not the language is American or German, French, Hungarian, Welsh, Spanish, etc., grammar helps to decipher what is being stated.


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Grammar Reveals the Precision of God and His Plan

God is not a man, that He should lie; neither the Son of man, that He should repent: hath He said, and shall He not do it? or hath He spoken, and shall He not make it good?
                           Numbers 23:19
So shall My word be that goeth out of My mouth:  it shall not return unto Me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall propser in the thing whereto I sent it
                           Isaiah 55:11

God spoke all things into being.  He has a plan for your life.  Grammar is just a tiny reflection of our Lord.  Without it, one cannot do anything in science, math, history, etc.  The classification of nouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs is a small representation of this precision.


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Grammar Demonstrates God's Consistency We Can Trust Him

Thy Word is true from the beginning:  and every one of Thy righteous judgments endureth forever                          Psalm 119:160
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow turning
                             James 1:17
God is not a man, that He should lie; neither the Son of man, that He should repent: hath He said, and shall He not do it? or hath He spoken, and shall He not make it good?
                            Numbers 23:19

God and His word are good.  He is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow.  He will not change, but can be relied upon and be trusted.  Past, present and future participles is another small demonstration of our Lord's consistancy.  Also, in any piece of writing, there is a beginning, middle and end.  All of these parts of writing consist of words with grammar being essential to each aspect.  


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Grammar Allows a Glimpse of God's Comprehensiveness

I have sworn unto Myself, the word is gone out of My mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto Me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear
                         Isaiah 45:23
Be Thou my strong habitation, whereunto I may continually resort:  Thou hast given commandment to save me, for Thou art my rock and my fortress
                            Psalm 71:3
The lot is cast into the lap; but the whole disposing thereof is of the Lord
                             Proverbs 16:33

God has created and is sovereign over all things.  He not only has a plan for your life, but for the life of your country.  His plans are not overturn by any person or thing.  Nothing is more powerful than Him.  Yet, He created all things totally unique and were created with a purpose that He will cause to bring about.  By changing a word suffix, for example, the word can either be a noun, verb, adjective or adverb meeting the need of an author or speaker.  The types of sentences exclamatory, declarative, imperative, and interogatory also reflect, to a small degree, our Lord's comprehensiveness at meeting our need to communicate with others.


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Grammar Permits Us to Serve and Worship Him

Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of His counsel confirmeth it by an oath: that by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us
                            Hebrews 6:17,18
And He humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that He might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the Lord doth man live                           Deuteronomy 8:3
He taught me also, and said unto me, Let thine heart retain My words:  keep My commandments, and live
                                Proverbs 4:4

Christians must be able to communicate the Good News to others as we have been commanded.  Yet, this would be impossible to do without grammar!  Moreover grammar becomes essential to the Christian to work toward the command in 2 Corinthians 10:5, "Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ."


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Grammar Gives Christians the Tools to Protect the Weak from Cheats and Swinders

Woe unto them that decree unrighteous decrees, and that write grievousness which they have prescribed; To turn aside the needy from judgment, and to take away the right from the poor of My people, that widows may be their prey, and that they may rob the fatherless !                               Isaiah10:1,2
He that oppresseth the poor reproacheth his Maker: but he that honoureth Him hath mercy on the poor.
                           Proverbs 14:31
An hypocrite with his mouth destroyeth his neighbour:  but through knowledge shall the just be delivered
                           Proverbs 11:9

An understanding of grammar assists the Christian in helping to protect and defend the weak and helpless (e.g., the unborn, babies, children, the agéd, infirm, mentally ill, etc.).  It is essential in helping to secure justice for those that have been civilly and/or criminally wronged.  George Mason's Bill of Rights and Patrick Henry's Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death speech are good examples of working to ensure God's Law-Word remain in the civil laws of a nation.  These important works, however, would not be possible without learning how grammar applies to sentences, essays, papers, documents, laws, etc.  Grammar helps Christians by securing laws to protect private property of the poor, humble, and middle class from those that push redistribution of wealth schemes, socialism, fascism, etc.


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Cultural Mandate (what God said to Adam and Eve) ... And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth. (Genesis 1:28)

Dominion Mandate (what God said to Noah after the Flood) ... And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth. (Genesis 9:1)

Great Commission (Jesus' command that reaffirmed the Cultural and Dominion Mandates) ... And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto Me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:  Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.  (Matthew 18:18-20)



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