The goal of education according to the Bible is moral and spiritual development and not academic aptitude, vocational success, financial security, or athletic prowess.  An ancient Hebrew proverb says, “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding” (Proverbs 9:10).  To have reverence and respect for the majesty of God’s holiness and to therefore love Him with your entire being and for that love to be translated into love for people in practical ways by sacrificially serving others at the point of their need is the goal of education.

The Bible teaches that the family is responsible for educating the next generation and that the mission of the church includes equipping the home to faithfully discharge its duty.   Parents must therefore be very intentional in depositing Biblical wisdom into the hearts of their children.  When Godly character and Christ-like attitudes are inculcated in the lives of children and young people, it lays a solid Christian foundation for pursuing all areas of academic study for the glory of God.

Students should understand that they have been created in the image of God, that the universe is not random, that the present is not without purpose, and that the future is not void because of Who God is and what the Lord Jesus Christ has done at the cross of Calvary.  This foundational knowledge fires the natural curiosity and creative imagination of children and fuels the innovative ingenuity of young people to learn, grow, invent, and explore this world for the glory of God.

To remove God and the Bible from the education process systematically trains students in secular humanism.  This is a philosophy that that interprets everything through the lens of human reason because man is the ultimate authority and therefore he determines what he thinks is truth.  The history of the 20th century is fraught with the testimony of the destructive consequences of this belief system.

Biblical Christianity is an intelligent alternative and it teaches that there is indeed a God and He has revealed Himself to mankind.  This God created everything about 6,000 years ago in six 24 hour days and He has revealed Himself in the Person of the Lord Jesus Christ, fully God and fully Man, and in the pages of Holy Scripture.

The truthfulness of the Bible has been proved time and again and it is therefore a reliable historical document that is a sufficient guide to everything in life.  Students need to be taught a comprehensive Biblical worldview which means that they learn how to view every arena of thought and practice through the lens of Holy Scripture.  The Bible speaks of the character and nature of God who is the absolute standard of truth.  It also speaks to philosophy, ethics, anthropology, biology, history, sociology, law, government, economics, and gives clear directions regarding what all this means for the communities in which we live.  The next generation must understand what they believe, why they believe it, and also be trained in how to defend the exclusive truth claims of Biblical Christianity against the skeptical questions of the day that bombard them on all fronts.  Hence the need for a Biblical worldview.

The goal of education according to the Bible is moral and spiritual development.  The cultivation of Godly character and Christ-like attitudes is a process that is the responsibility of the family and should be taken very seriously.  To love God and His Word with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength and to love people by sacrificially serving them at the point of their greatest need is the goal of a genuine Christian education.  Anything else will not honor God and resound throughout eternity to the praise of His glory in Christ Jesus.  “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction” (Proverbs 1:7).

 

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