Some Thoughts On Education

W. Terry Varner
November 25, 2012

As we live life, regardless our age, we find that it is a continual educational process. One should try to learn something new daily that we did not know yesterday. The story is told of a young man who had received his college degree and rushed out into the world stating: “Here l am, world: I have my A.B. degree.” The world replied: “Sit down, son and I'll teach you the rest of the alphabet.”

There is an overemphasis by some on education. Education is important and one needs as much as he can obtain; however, two caveats: (1) public education without common sense and practice does not bode well for the individual. (2) Public education is not the highest education an individual can receive.

Many men have praised the Bible. Dr. William Lyon Phelps: “I thoroughly believe in a university education, but believe a knowledge of the Bible without a co lege education is more valuable than a college course without the Bible. George Washington: “It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible.”

The apostle Paul wrote of people who are ever learning, but learning the incorrect things. Some are “always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth” (2 Timothy 3:7). He was referencing the Bible (Word of God) as truth. The Bible sets forth the following truths:

First, the Bible educates man as to his origin. Man is not the product of evolution regardless those who falsely claim evolution as a fact. They are in error. God created man in His image (Genesis 1:26-27), a truth that Jesus acknowledged in Matthew 19:4.

Second, the Bible educates man as why we are here. Some individuals claim we do not and cannot know why we are here. For others it is solely a time of pleasure, “eat, drink, and be merry” (Luke 12:19). To those educated by the Bible, they understand that we are here to glorify God and to please Him  (Ephesians 3:21; Revelation 4:11). These realize there is a need to prepare for etemal life with God.

Third, the Bible educates man about the future. A fact: At the time of one‘s birth, he begins his trip toward etemity. While some view the grave as the end, it does not make it so. The Bible educates man to realize that all have an appointment with death and this followed by the judgment (Hebrews 9:27). “For it is written: As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me an every tongue shall confess to God. So then each of us shall give account of himself to God” (Romans 14:11-12).

Fourth, the Bible educates man on his real problem—sin. Sin is serious as it separates man from God (Isaiah 59:1-2). Men live as if God does not matter, sin does not matter, and judgment does not matter. Sadly, some Christians, cleansed by the blood of Jesus (Ephesians 1:7), look at sin this way, too. If a person dies in his sins, there are wages which results in death (Romans 6:23). By God’s grace, the sinner does not have to die in sin. God desires the following acts of faith: (1) belief (Hebrews 11:6), (2) repentance of sin (Luke 13:3), (3) confession of Jesus as Savior (Acts 8:37), (4) baptism (immersion) or remission of sins (Acts 2:38), and (5) walking as a new creature or being faithful to death (Romans 6:3-4; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Revelation 2:10).

Fifth, the Bible educates man that the proper study for man is God. Jesus said that etemal life is based upon our knowing God (John 17:2). One of the richest studies one can undertake is the study of God and His attributes. When you do so diligently, your heart will marvel, you be filled with joy, you will be given strength to live as God wants, and you anticipate your etemal home—heaven.

Solomon the wise man of the Old Testament wrote a valuable axiom: “Buy the truth, and sell it not” (Proverbs 23:23). The poet Tennyson had the following motto incrusted in the tiles on the pavement of his hallway: “Y Gwyr yn Erbyn y byd” meaning: “the truth against the world.”