care is needed in cultivating the soil of the mind.' (RH01-30-13)
`No other study will so ennoble every thought, feeling, and aspiration as the
study of the Scriptures. This Sacred Word is the will of God revealed to men.
Here we may learn what God expects of the beings formed in His image. Here we
learn how to improve the present life and how to secure the future life. No
other book can satisfy the questionings of the mind and the craving of the
heart. By obtaining a knowledge of God's word, and giving heed thereto, men may
rise from the lowest depths of ignorance and degradation to become the sons of
God, the associates of sinless angels.
clear conception of what God is, and what He requires us to be, will give us
humble views of self. He who studies aright the Sacred Word will learn that
human intellect is not omnipotent; that, without the help which none but God can
give, human strength and wisdom are but weakness and ignorance.
`As an educating power the
Bible is without a rival. Nothing will so impart vigor to all the faculties as
requiring students to grasp the stupendous truths of revelation. The mind
gradually adapts itself to the subjects upon which it is allowed to dwell. If
occupied with commonplace matters only, to the exclusion of grand and lofty
themes, it will become dwarfed and enfeebled. If never required to grapple with
difficult problems, or put to the stretch to comprehend important truths, it
will, after a time, almost lose the power of growth.
Bible is the most comprehensive and the most instructive history which men
possess. It came fresh from the fountain of eternal truth, and a divine hand has
preserved its purity through all the ages. Its bright rays shine into the far
distant past, where human research seeks vainly to penetrate. In God's word
alone we find an authentic account of creation. Here we behold the power that
laid the foundation of the earth and that stretched out the heavens. Here only
can we find a history of our race, unsullied by human prejudice or human pride.
the word of God the mind finds subject for the deepest thought, the loftiest
aspiration. Here we may hold communion with patriarchs and prophets, and listen
to the voice of the Eternal as He speaks with men. Here we behold the Majesty of
heaven as He humbled Himself to become our substitute and surety to cope
single-handed with the powers of darkness and to gain the victory in our behalf.
A reverent contemplation of such themes as these cannot fail to soften, purify,
and ennoble the heart, and, at the same time, to inspire the mind with new
strength and vigor.'
Ellen Gould White
Testimonies Vol. 5, pp.24-25
the light of the above, the reader is invited to consider the feature,
Brand New You.