Lately I’ve become fascinated by a channel on YouTube. The channel’s name is “OverSimplified.”
The goal of this channel is to “explain things in an oversimplified manner.” In all honesty, I really wish this type of thing was available when I was taking history classes!
These, to date 20, videos cover several important historical events including major wars from history, several “mini wars” as they call them, and a couple about other things/people as well. One thing I find especially enjoyable is that they interject some humor into the stories.
There’s even a video of an actual history teacher responding to OverSimplified’s two videos on WWII...and he says it is a very good introduction to the subject.
If you are looking for a “good introduction” to a subject, then if someone has over simplified that subject, that’s where you need to go. But what if you want more?
If you want a deeper understanding, you have to make a much bigger investment of time than just watching a 10-30 minute video on YouTube.
You might have to even make a trip to a library, find and read books on the subject that are written from a variety of different points of view concerning the subject. Then you have to spend some more time contemplating how you feel and forming your opinion on the subject.
Why am I telling you this? Because for some people, when it comes to the Bible, they are satisfied with the over simplified version. They take whatever the preacher says about the Bible on Sunday morning...interjected with a little humor...and, well, that’s the only Bible study they do all week.
When it comes to historical events, even important ones, an over simplified knowledge is perfectly acceptable...after all, not all of us are historians or even have the desire to become a historian.
All of us are, however, Christians. And when it comes to the Bible, over simplified knowledge is absolutely unacceptable. The writer of Hebrews rebukes his readers for still needing to be taught basic principles of the faith (Hebrews 5:12) and encourages them to “...leave the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity…” (Hebrews 6:1).
When it comes to Bible study, don’t be satisfied with just milk; grow to “solid food” so you will be able to mature and distinguish good from evil (see Hebrews 5:11-14).