A Biblical Perspective of Education

Which American President made the following claim?

“A thorough knowledge of the Bible is worth more than a college education.”

It was Theodore Roosevelt—a highly educated Harvard graduate. Do you believe his statement to be true? Do your students?

Graduation time is upon us. It is a time of great celebration for many students as they look back on what has been accomplished and look forward to new possibilities, goals, and vocations. It is also a good time to reflect on how we as Christians are to view education from a distinctly biblical perspective. For example, we should affirm that…

  • All knowledge—including reading, writing, math, history, science, music, art, and geography—and understanding is from God (Proverbs 2:6).
  • Knowledge begins with recognizing God’s rightful place and authority in all things (Proverbs 1:7a; Psalm 119:130).
  • The Bible is the most important source of knowledge, as it is able to make us wise for salvation (2 Timothy 3:14-15).
  • All other knowledge is to help our understanding of biblical truth and the greatness of God (Psalm 19:1-2; 145:5b-6).
  • Knowledge is to equip us for good works (Ephesians 2:8-10).

In summary, we could say that…Education is the process of acquiring knowledge about God and His world, with the goal of becoming wise for salvation, and then being equipped to do good works, so that God would be glorified.

So, whether our children and students are educated at home, or in private or public schools, let us be careful to give them a biblical perspective of education—one that prepares them and inspires them to…

Apply your heart to instruction and your ear to words of knowledge (Proverbs 23:12).

… let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven (Matthew 5:16).

So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. (1 Corinthians 10:31)

Written by Jill Nelson

Jill Nelson

Jill Nelson is a wife, mother, grandmother, teacher and author. She has taught Sunday School for over 20 years and writes God-centered curriculum for Children Desiring God.

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