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Produced under the auspices of the
North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists
Office of Education
Pacific Press· Publishing Association
Copyright © 1999
by North American Division Office of Education
General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists
Silver Spring, MD 20904
Your Religion Class
The CROSSROADS SERIES
Logo of the CROSSROADS SERIES
Goal of the CROSSROADS SERIES
Units of Study for Grades 11, 12
Versions of the Holy Bible Used in the CROSSROADS SERIES
Memorization of Scripture
Living on the Battlefield
What an Awesome God!
The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit
Big Bang or Big God?
Son of God and Son of Man
Water, Bread, and Wine
Gifts for You
Households of Faith
Rules for Freedom
Living and Giving
"To Be Continued . .. "
When the End Is the Beginning
Finding God in the Questions
Ackn owl edgments and Thanks
Fundamental Beliefs of Seventh -day Adventi sts
Your Religion Class
This section provides you with some genera l information about the CROSSROADS SERIES
and your religion class.
THE CROSSROADS SERIES
The CROSSROADS SERIES contains the religion curriculum for Seve nth-day Adventist
secondary schools, grades 9-12. This textbook is a part of the series.
LOGO OF THE CROSSROADS SERIES
The logo of the CROSSROADS SERIES symbolizes the underlying
theme of the series- that the Cross of Jesus Christ is at the very
center of the Christian faith. God's revelation of Himself in the
Cross reveals the only sacrifice for sin and the ultimate significance of life to each person and to every nation . Thus the Cross
stands as the decisive moment of truth for all humankind
through all ages. The logo, in symbolic form, portrays the centrality
of the Cross with all paths (roads) of human experience and personal
decisions leading to and from it.
GOAL OF THE CROSSROADS SERIES
The goal of the CROSSROADS SERIES is to lead young people to the loving and redeeming God of Scripture. His self-revelation has its focus and fulfillment in the life, death, resurrection, and intercession of Jesus Christ, whose substitutionary death on the cross is the sale
basis of Christia n assu rance. With Christ as Savior and Lord, each believer is enabled,
through the Holy Spirit, to experience a life of worsh ip, growth, and service, and to proclaim
and stand ready for His return.
UNITS OF STUDY-GRADES 11 , 12
There are ten units of study that comprise the religion curriculum for grades 11 and 12.
Each unit is published in a separate textbook. The units of study (textbooks) are:
Daniel and Revelation
Choices and Challenges
Marriage and Fam ily
Worldviews and Religion
Life Philosophy and Moral Issues
VERSIONS OF THE HOLY BIBLE USED IN THE CROSSROADS SERIES
The NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION, referred to as NIV, is used as the primary version of
Scripture for the Anchor Text, scriptural references quoted in the narrative section of the lesson, and answers to Bible Search activities and Practical Application. Other versions of
Scripture have also been used when the particular version enriches the meaning of a given
MEMORIZATION OF SCRIPTURE
Each lesson conta ins a verse labeled Anchor Text. Some or all of these verses wi ll be
assigned to memorize. The content of the references should first be understood, both as to
their mean ing and their application to your li fe .
Tile ~i~le is 111e onl~ ~OOK wllOse ~lIlilOr is IJresenl when ilis rea~,
God's Self-Revelation __
"God will have a l,eOl,le upon the earth to maintain the Bible, and the Bible
only, as the standard of all doctriues and the basis of all reforms .... Before
accepting any doctrine or precept, we should demand a plain ' Thus saith the
Lord' in its snpport. f1J
How do Seventh·day Adventists view the Bible? What is the relationship of
Jesns to the Bible? How can a collection of writings from as early as 1500 B.C.
be relevant to our lives?
A Voice Out of the Darkness
magine that you are rock climbing
when a sudden fog blankets the steep
cliffs below. You bala nce on a sli m
ledge, hoping you'll be able to
descend safely before night.
As darkness falls, your climbing
partner suggests, "If we stay here, we'll
freeze. Why don't we inch our way down?"
"That's too risky!" you protest.
"We've got to take that risk," argues your
partner. "Sure, we could get hurt going
down 'blind,' but we could die up here on
this rock fa ce too!"
Then you hear a voice in the darkness:
"I'm a mountain gUide, and I can see you
stuck on that cliff. If you descend fifty feet
to the right, there's a safe, sheltered ledge.
You can stay there ti ll morning, when I can
come for you."
Now your decision can be based on some
facts. You can ask this gUide some questions
and test his statements. You can weigh your
experience against his advice. You can
choose to trust that he has yo ur best interest
in mind. Whether or not yo u decide to
descend fifty feet into the darkness, yo u've
been offered hope.
The Holy Bible is the self-revelation of
a loving God, who meets His people in
terms and ways they can understand. It
was God's initiative to communicate with
human beings, telling us where we came
from, where we are, and where we are going.
Seventh-day Adventists believe that God,
through the Holy Spirit, inspired human
minds to speak and write truth (thought
inspiration). We do not believe in ve rbal
(mechanica l) in spiration, which cla ims that
Scri pture was dictated by God to men who
wrote word-for-word what He said.
Spotlight on Jesus
When yo u watch an award-winning
video, you are probably concentrating on
the drama or the great actors . However,
some of the most important people on the
set are the lighting experts. Their work is lit-
erally Iitransparenf' and lIinvisible to viewers, but their expertise has illuminated the
action in unforgettable ways.
The Bible is the di vinely-inspired "stage
light" by which we see Jesus Christ-the
ma in actor in the drama of our planet-the
Great Controversy. The Hol y Spirit is the
lighting expert who leads us to see Jesus in
all His glory through the Bible's pages.
The Old Testament reveals God's constant
contacts wi th His people and points to the
promised Messiah, the Son of God. The
Gospels describe Jesus' activities and teachings, and the other New Testament books
ex plain the mea ning and purpose of His life
Much of Scripture was written by eyewitnesses who were able to say:
That which was from the beginning,
which we have heard, which we have
seen with our eyes, which we have
looked at and our hands have
touched- this we proclaim concern ing
the Word of life. The li fe appeared; we
have seen it and testify to it, and we
proclaim to you the eternal li fe, which
was with the Father and has appeared to
us. We proclaim to you what we have
seen and heard, so that you also may
ha ve fellows hip with us. And our fellowship is wi th the Father and with his Son,
Jesus Christ (1 John 1: 1-3, em phasis
It's easy to research proofs fo r the inspiration of the Bible and igno re th e key issue in
salvation: "What do yo u think of Jesus
Christ?" The life, death, resurrection, and
intercession of Jesus are the focus of the
The Final Authority on Jesus
In the first chapter of a popular religious
book, the writer describes himself scribbling
all his bitter, unanswerable questions when
"my hand remained poised over the paper,
as if held there by some invisible force .
Abruptly, the pen bega n movillg on its own. I
had no idea what I was about to write, but
an idea seemed to be coming, so I decided
to flow with it '" He describes the resulting
book as "God's latest word on things. '"
Do you see the danger of accepting something as "God's word" just beca use someo ne
claims that God has given a message? For
the followers of Jesus, the Bible and the
Bible only is our final authority in a ll
matters of faith and practice. Neither the
church nor modern prophets nor latter-da y
dreams and visions can share an equal position of authority with Jesus as He is revea led
by the prophets and apostles in Scripture.
Although man y Bible writers were eyewitnesses to the events they described, others,
such as Luke, used research and investigation as part of th e inspiration process. Some
books of the Bible, such as Revelatio n, came
about after a writer saw events in vision. The
Holy Spirit used a va riety of methods, but
Scripture is described as "God-breathed" and
"useful for teach ing, rebuking, correcting
and train ing in ri ghteousness" (2 Timothy
In Jesus' day, the rabbis believed that Old
Testament teachings should be reinterpreted
Power to Change Lives
by scholars to make them relevant. Thus was
If Moses pi cked up a copy of the New York
created a body of oral teach ings, which had
Times, he'd probably feel the way you somevirtuall y eclipsed the Old Testament in
times do when you read the Bible. Eve n
importance. For this reason, Jesus pointed
out how easy it is to "nullify the word of
when we un derstand the vocab ulary, we ca n
God for the sa ke of you r tradition"
still find puzzling statements and com(Matthew 15:6) .
mands. Should we all rise in the presence of
aged (Leviticus I9:32)? Are ministers not
The Roman Catho lic Church has historito wear wool suits (Ezekiel 44:I7)? Do
ca lly taught that aut hority is two-prongedwomen ha ve to cover their heads when they
the Bible and the traditions of the church .
pray (1 Corinthians
For the Protestant the
Bible stands alo ne as
If Moses picked up a copy II :S)?
To understand the
the bottom line for
Bible, we must look fo r
of the New York Times,
truth, while for the
principles. We need to
Catholic, the Bible is
be ab le to reason from
he'd probably feel the
important, but no
the concrete to the
more im portant than
the interpretation of it
way you sometimes do
abstract. By stud ying
the cultu re of the
by the church .
Over the centu ries
when you read the Bible. period and the context
there have been other
of the written passage,
views of interpreting the Bible, Some believers
we apply the principle to our time. The
placed "divi nely revea led" histories beside
Word of God is profitable for what we need
the Bible as equal. Others had "dictiona ries"
to know (teaching), and we need to be
(rebukin g, correcting, and training in ri ghtto define Bible works acco rd ing to the teac hings of certain prophets who had "new" o r
eousness), and for what we need to do (every
good wo rk) (2 Timothy 3:1 6, 17) , Most
"special" interpretations. Still others folimportant, the Bible has all the information
lowed leaders who professed insight into the
anyo ne needs to discover Jesus, in whom we
"true" meaning of the Bible.
are give n etern al life. Nothing vital to that
Each of these views is a variation of an
amazing truth has been left out!
old idea that there is someone or something
Admiral Richard Byrd wrote in his book
outside the Bible that ca n be trusted as a
final authority. When the Protestant Reform- Alone how he almost lost his life while at
Boll ing Advance Weather Base, Li ttle America.
ers began their wo rk, they recogni zed that
When he took a walk, he would carry a
God created the church through the writers
bundle of split bamboo and push one of the
of the Bible whom He had inspired. The
church must always be under the Bible's
sticks into the snow every thirty yards. Once
he'd used the last stick, he'd retrace his
authority-a nd not the other way around!