My college history classes were ridiculous.
First of all, all you had in the class were four tests for your grade. You failed one test and you automatically couldn’t get better than a B in the course, and that’s if you aced the other three. Most likely, you’d end up with a C, D, or F for the course.
My Humanities class (which was just a history class that focused a little more on religion and art) had only three tests per course.
Get this. My Prof. gave us a study guide. On this study guide were 47 terms and 7 survey questions.
Half of the terms he didn’t go over in class, but didn’t tell you where in the book they were located either.
We had to memorize five facts (including the exact dates) of each of the 47 terms.
That’s 235 pieces of information.
Then, we had to memorize two entire pages worth of information for each of the seven essay questions.
Out of those 47 & 7, he was only going to list ten terms and two surveys, and of those, we had to answer only five terms and one survey, but since you had no idea what they would be, you had to know everything!
Add all the tests up, in one semester, my humanities teacher expected us to memorize 940 facts about 188 terms and memorize two pages worth of history for 28 survey questions.
I don’t have that much room in my brain!
I took Humanities in my second year, but since I didn’t realize Humanities would be like a history class, I also took a history class that semester that gave me a study guide of 40 terms and 3 essay questions for each of our five tests. That’s 1000 more pieces of information that year and 15 more two-page essays I had to memorize.
That brought my semester total to 1940 pieces of info and 43 two-page essays.
All by memory.
So, obviously, I couldn’t handle it. I had to withdraw from my history class (which I was failing anyway) so my GPA wouldn’t lower too much.
My Humanities teacher warned the class that almost half of us would not pass it. In my opinion, he expected too much out of his students. If your teaching style causes half of your students to fail, maybe it’s not completely the students’ fault.
Some people just can’t memorize hundreds of bare facts. I know I can’t. I’m not wired that way. Even if I do manage to memorize something, it’s all pushed out of my brain within a few days.
I need a personal connection to what I’m trying to learn.
I need to attach it to something tangible.
This is why I have never been able to memorize Bible verses, despite how hard I’ve tried. Memorizing Scripture is a great habit, but unless I have an emotional tie to a verse, I can’t keep it in there.
But my testimony is something completely different. I have my entire life testimony memorized word for word. I can recite my testimony perfectly, because that is how Jesus is tied into my life.
And I believe that is what is most important, especially when sharing Christ with those who don’t know Him.
Don’t get me wrong, I know that there is tremendous power in Scripture, but too many people, when you recite Bible verses, all they hear are bare facts that are in one ear and out the other.
But when you share with them your personal story, your emotional connection to Jesus, that is when a connection is made.
That is how history is made.