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LESSON 9 *November 21–27






Education in Arts and Sciences






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Sabbath Afternoon


Read for This Week’s Study: Rom. 1:18-21, Ps. 19:1-6, 96:9, Gen. 3:6, 1 Timothy 6, Proverbs 1, Job 38.

Memory Text: “To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament showeth his handiwork.” Psalm 19:1

Education includes what has been called “the arts and sciences.” But when we learn or teach the arts and sciences from a biblical perspective, what does this imply? Are we simply offering select Bible verses that relate to a particular aspect of modern medicine or art history, for example? In so doing, we can relate our practical lessons to the amazing power of God in creating our complex world. But a simple incorporation of Scripture in a textbook lesson is only a small part of true education – the education that is salvific and redemptive.

For those like me have never heard the word before, salvific means having to do with salvation. Like for example our education ought to present the true gospel in so simple terms that all might understand what it means to be a converted Christian. Many of our schools have failed at doing so. We thank God for the faithful teachers who have put Jesus at the center of all education and have led our children to Christ and have taught what it means to be a converted Christian and how to obtain salvation and how to keep it.


For such an education truly to function, we need God’s Word to inform the teaching of every discipline, from humanities to molecular biology. Without it, we can lose sight of God’s enormity, His sovereignty as Creator and Sustainer of our world. In learning to see how God views His creation as organic and purpose-filled, we come closer to understanding how certain disciplines could and should be taught.

This week we will look at some principles involved in how we can teach the arts and sciences from the Christian perspective and worldview.

In order to do so we must have truly converted teachers and administrators, and from our own faith. Else they cannot lead our children to something they do not have.


Study this week’s lesson to prepare for Sabbath, December 5.

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Sunday        November 29
The Lord Alone


There is evidence of the living God in all of His creation. This statement has been repeated so often that it has become clichéd. When we consider, for example, the heart of God in creating this world, which humans have proceeded to damage and mar, we may come closer to how we can best teach the arts and sciences.

Take the human gestation period, for example. Biology tells us that new intelligent human life emerges from one fertilized egg and grows to full gestation after nine months. The marks of a loving Creator are all throughout this cycle. The loving-kindness of God can be seen in the place that a fetus develops: right below the steady beating of a mother’s heart. As the fetus enlarges, so does the mother’s abdomen, right out in front of her person. The expectant mother is made always aware of her child, just as our heavenly Father is always aware of His children.

Read Romans 1:18-21, Psalm 19:1-6, and Nehemiah 9:6. What do they tell us about God’s work as our Creator?

Even after 6,000 years of sin and thousands of years after the worldwide devastation of the Flood, overwhelmingly powerful evidence exists not just for God as our Creator, but for the power and love and benevolence of this God as our Creator. It’s so powerful, in fact, that Paul, in Romans 1:18-21, says that those who reject this God will be “without excuse” on Judgment Day because enough about Him can be learned from what He has made. In other words, they won’t be able to plead ignorance!

"This God"? Must have been a typo.


Especially in a day and age in which many humans have come to worship the creation rather than the Creator, how crucial that Christian education in the arts and sciences always work from the assumption that God is the Creator and sustainer of all that exists. In the end, any ideologies and presuppositions that deny or exclude God can lead only to error. Worldly education all but works on the assumption of no God; Christian education must not fall into that trap, nor must it work even more subtly from principles based on the assumption that there is no God. Either way, humans are bound to wind up in error.

Many in education work from the standpoint of teaching there is no God and that the Bible is foolishness. When they teach we come from monkeys that is a direct statement there is no creator God. Many in education hate God and work against morality. Many schools will be seen to have ruined souls by education especially of children.

Think about the incredible wonder and beauty in our world, even after sin. How can we learn to draw hope and comfort from it, especially in times of personal trials and suffering?

The Sabbath Day was given that we might understand God's love and creative power by spending time in nature. In so doing we are to see the object lessons all around us that reveal His love and creative power.


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Monday         November 30
The Beauty of Holiness

Psalm 96:9 reads, “Oh, worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness! Tremble before Him, all the earth” (NKJV). How do we understand this concept, “the beauty of holiness”? What should this mean to a Christian, and how should it impact what we teach about art and the beauty often associated with it?

We ought to teach what is written. Do we have light in how we are to teach? Who is to teach? What we are to teach? It may be that we ought not be teaching our children to "act" which is a program in some of our schools in North America.When we teach music, do we teach worldly music to our children? Or is there a holiness  that surrounds the music of heaven? Is rap a good thing to bring into education of our children, or acid rock?


Though it has been said that “beauty is in the eye of the beholder,” we mustn’t forget who it was who created the eye to begin with (see Prov. 20:12). Though we have to be careful not to worship the creation itself (see yesterday’s study), from the beauty of the creation we can learn about God and, indeed, His love of beauty. If our fallen world still looks so beautiful, who can imagine what it must have been like before the Fall? And this teaches us that God indeed is the Creator of the beautiful.

Study of arts and sciences can and should, then, draw us closer to the character and heart of God.


Amen!


 Because we are a part of God’s own artwork and scientific phenomena, we can also learn more about our own identity in Christ.

“God would have His children appreciate His works and delight in the simple, quiet beauty with which He has adorned our earthly home. He is a lover of the beautiful, and above all that is outwardly attractive He loves beauty of character; He would have us cultivate purity and simplicity, the quiet graces of the flowers.” — Ellen G. White, Steps to Christ, p. 85.


Amen!!


Read Genesis 3:6.

And when the woman saw that the tree [was] good for food, and that it [was] pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make [one] wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. 


What does it teach us about how beauty alone isn’t necessarily good or holy? See also Prov. 6:25, 31:30

The problem was not with the tree, it was with the woman who believed a lie and thus thought God lied.


As with everything God has done, we have an enemy who distorts and exploits it. It shouldn’t be surprising, then, that beauty and concepts of beauty can be used against us, as well. Thus, especially in the arts, Christian education, guided by Scripture, must help us learn to be careful in understanding that not all that is beautiful is necessarily good or holy.

What is one's understanding of the term beautiful?  The issue is not so much knowing what is beautiful, as is the temptation as to what do with something considered beautiful. How does one interact with what they may consider beautiful. Some things that are beautiful are forbidden.


What are some “beautiful” things that are not necessarily holy and good? Or, what are beautiful things that can be made unholy and bad, depending upon circumstances? What standard do we use to make these distinctions?

The Bible is our standard by which we judge all things. Even those things that are beautiful may not be for me. Am I seeking God's leading or do I want something that is indeed beautiful that is not good for me, but would be for someone else. This issue in not in beauty, but what is God's desire for each of us. When my brother died, he left to me a beautiful car. It would dishonor God for me to keep it. But, that does not mean you could not keep it. It is fun to drive it because of the excellence in its engineering. But, it is an expensive car to manufacture and it is very expensive to maintain. God would have me be a good steward over what I have. My resources would be better spent on doing His work and not on my having fun driving this car. Those who think it fine to drive may find that the fun they have in this world may be all they get. What they give up cannot be measured against what they chose.


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Tuesday         December 1
Experts in Error

We know that our world has more than its share of art and philosophy that does not honor God. Many would argue that Christians should not even enter these proverbial tents. Seventh-day Adventist Christians must carefully consider their own business in serving certain industries, patronizing certain establishments, consuming certain media.

In 1 Timothy 6, we are given clear instruction as to what pursuits we should avoid, but we are also given ample explanation. In 1 Timothy 6:9, 10, what are the pursuits against which Paul warns?

Read the rest of 1 Timothy 6. What are the key pursuits that Paul endorses?

Notice in 1 Timothy 6:20 how Paul warns against “what is falsely called knowledge” (NKJV). Though he’s working from a different context, the principle is still applicable. That is, think about all the information, all the teaching, all the beliefs, not just now but throughout human history, that were flat-out wrong. People can, indeed, be experts in error.

And no error is more deadly than to present a false gospel in God's church. This is why Paul taught that those who do so are accursed. "But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, If any [man] preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed." Galatians 1:8,9.


For nearly 2,000 years, the world’s smartest people, the experts, believed that the earth sat immobile in the center of the universe while all the stars and planets orbited it in perfect circles. Some very complicated math and science were used to buttress this belief, even though it turned out to be wrong in almost every particular. Hence, we could say that these people were experts in error, and that this teaching certainly was “falsely called knowledge.”

Biological science today, for instance, is predicated on the assumption that life began billions of years ago, by chance, with no God and no purpose behind it. At the same time, an incredible amount of complicated and detailed scientific literature has arisen based on this teaching. What lessons can we take away from this about how people can be experts in error? How should this realization impact Christian education in general and the teaching of science in particular?

Seventh-day Adventists of all people ought not teach something that is contrary to what is written in scripture. Why hire those not of our faith to teach in our schools? This is the beginning of the downfall of Christian education. Look at Harvard University that has no tolerance for the teaching of anything to do with the truth regarding where we came from, yet it was founded as a seminary. They hired those who did not believe Scripture was to be the foundation of teaching. So it has been in some of our schools, in far too many. And not just our schools, but our medical institutions also. And even in some of our churches we have allowed those not of our faith to stand in our pulpits. And who is it that is reading from books written by those not of our faith?

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Wednesday          December 2
Foolishness and Wisdom


Read Proverbs 1.

 1:1   The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel; 
 1:2   To know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding; 
 1:3   To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, and judgment, and equity; 
 1:4   To give subtlety to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion. 
 1:5   A wise [man] will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels: 
 1:6   To understand a proverb, and the interpretation; the words of the wise, and their dark sayings. 
 1:7   The fear of the LORD [is] the beginning of knowledge: [but] fools despise wisdom and instruction. 
 1:8   My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother: 
 1:9   For they [shall be] an ornament of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck. 
 1:10   My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not. 
 1:11   If they say, Come with us, let us lay wait for blood, let us lurk privily for the innocent without cause: 
 1:12   Let us swallow them up alive as the grave; and whole, as those that go down into the pit: 
 1:13   We shall find all precious substance, we shall fill our houses with spoil: 
 1:14   Cast in thy lot among us; let us all have one purse: 
 1:15   My son, walk not thou in the way with them; refrain thy foot from their path: 
 1:16   For their feet run to evil, and make haste to shed blood. 
 1:17   Surely in vain the net is spread in the sight of any bird. 
 1:18   And they lay wait for their [own] blood; they lurk privily for their [own] lives. 
 1:19   So [are] the ways of every one that is greedy of gain; [which] taketh away the life of the owners thereof. 
 1:20   Wisdom crieth without; she uttereth her voice in the streets: 
 1:21   She crieth in the chief place of concourse, in the openings of the gates: in the city she uttereth her words, [saying], 
 1:22   How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge? 
 1:23   Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you. 
 1:24   Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded; 
 1:25   But ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof: 
 1:26   I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh; 
 1:27   When your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you. 
 1:28   Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me: 
 1:29   For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD: 
 1:30   They would none of my counsel: they despised all my reproof. 
 1:31   Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices. 
 1:32   For the turning away of the simple shall slay them, and the prosperity of fools shall destroy them. 
 1:33   But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil. 


What does this teach us concerning what true Christian education should be about?

God has given to His church much counsel, even in education. But the counsel given has not been heeded. If we look at the message given to us to take to the world, we see that the number one thing to present is the gospel. Yet, how many of our schools are teaching the gospel and its power to keep us from sin? How much time is to be spent in sitting and reading books in school? What else ought students be doing every day? What has happened to the land surrounding many of our schools? Why did so many sacrifice so much that our schools would have much land and orchards? Why are so many of our schools closing?


The Bible draws a steady comparison between foolishness and wisdom. The book of Proverbs does well to remind us of the dangers of foolhardy behavior and keeping the company of fools. The distinction is clear: God desires that His people seek wisdom, to treasure it and abound in it.

Letting the world into our schools means our students will be keeping company with fools.


Students of the arts and sciences utilize their talents to gain knowledge and to pursue excellence in their studies. Teachers of these disciplines do similarly. We can be capable of artistic brilliance and scientific breakthroughs because of knowledge and ability.

Yet from a Christian perspective, what does a knowledge of the arts and sciences really mean if it does not involve knowing the difference between right and wrong, good and evil, truth and error? All one has to do, for instance, is read a bit about the lives of some of those deemed the world’s greatest artists in order to see that having wonderful skill and talent doesn’t equate with a moral or upright life. One could argue, too, that great scientists involved in the work of creating biological or chemical weapons of mass destruction might be highly educated, highly gifted, but what are the fruits of their work? As stated before, knowledge, in and of itself, is not necessarily a good thing.

We see in our church many talented leaders that are leading the church away from Jesus. A majority of the North American Division  not many years ago voted to go contrary to the decision of the General Conference when it denied the division their request to make non ordained a conference president which their constitution does not allow. Not only did they rebel against the Seventh-day Adventist Church, they did not have the authority to change their constitution, so it was overturned by lawyers. Yes, having great knowledge does not equate with being wise.


Read Proverbs 1:7.

The fear of the LORD [is] the beginning of knowledge: [but] fools despise wisdom and instruction. 


How does this text reveal what the key to true Christian education is?

The answer to such questions is always the same, we need to know God intimately that we would love Him supremely with all we are and all we have.


One Nobel Prize winner, an atheist, a man who studies the universe and the physical forces behind it, wrote: “The more the universe seems comprehensible, the more it also seems pointless.” What should this tell us about how knowledge, in and of itself, can not only be meaningless but, even worse, lead to gross error?

We see here that there are many fools who have grasped a very small amount of knowledge. They believe themselves intelligent when in fact they are ignorant of what is most important.

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Thursday       December 3
The Lord Answered Job



Read Job 38.

 38:1   Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said, 
 38:2   Who [is] this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge? 
 38:3   Gird up now thy loins like a man; for I will demand of thee, and answer thou me. 
 38:4   Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding. 
 38:5   Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? or who hath stretched the line upon it? 
 38:6   Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof; 
 38:7   When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy? 
 38:8   Or [who] shut up the sea with doors, when it brake forth, [as if] it had issued out of the womb? 
 38:9   When I made the cloud the garment thereof, and thick darkness a swaddlingband for it, 
 38:10   And brake up for it my decreed [place], and set bars and doors, 
 38:11   And said, Hitherto shalt thou come, but no further: and here shall thy proud waves be stayed? 
 38:12   Hast thou commanded the morning since thy days; [and] caused the dayspring to know his place; 
 38:13   That it might take hold of the ends of the earth, that the wicked might be shaken out of it? 
 38:14   It is turned as clay [to] the seal; and they stand as a garment. 
 38:15   And from the wicked their light is withholden, and the high arm shall be broken. 
 38:16   Hast thou entered into the springs of the sea? or hast thou walked in the search of the depth? 
 38:17   Have the gates of death been opened unto thee? or hast thou seen the doors of the shadow of death? 
 38:18   Hast thou perceived the breadth of the earth? declare if thou knowest it all. 
 38:19   Where [is] the way [where] light dwelleth? and [as for] darkness, where [is] the place thereof, 
 38:20   That thou shouldest take it to the bound thereof, and that thou shouldest know the paths [to] the house thereof? 
 38:21   Knowest thou [it], because thou wast then born? or [because] the number of thy days [is] great? 
 38:22   Hast thou entered into the treasures of the snow? or hast thou seen the treasures of the hail, 
 38:23   Which I have reserved against the time of trouble, against the day of battle and war? 
 38:24   By what way is the light parted, [which] scattereth the east wind upon the earth? 
 38:25   Who hath divided a watercourse for the overflowing of waters, or a way for the lightning of thunder; 
 38:26   To cause it to rain on the earth, [where] no man [is; on] the wilderness, wherein [there is] no man; 
 38:27   To satisfy the desolate and waste [ground]; and to cause the bud of the tender herb to spring forth? 
 38:28   Hath the rain a father? or who hath begotten the drops of dew? 
 38:29   Out of whose womb came the ice? and the hoary frost of heaven, who hath gendered it? 
 38:30   The waters are hid as [with] a stone, and the face of the deep is frozen. 
 38:31   Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion? 
 38:32   Canst thou bring forth Mazzaroth in his season? or canst thou guide Arcturus with his sons? 
 38:33   Knowest thou the ordinances of heaven? canst thou set the dominion thereof in the earth? 
 38:34   Canst thou lift up thy voice to the clouds, that abundance of waters may cover thee? 
 38:35   Canst thou send lightnings, that they may go, and say unto thee, Here we [are]? 
 38:36   Who hath put wisdom in the inward parts? or who hath given understanding to the heart? 
 38:37   Who can number the clouds in wisdom? or who can stay the bottles of heaven, 
 38:38   When the dust groweth into hardness, and the clods cleave fast together? 
 38:39   Wilt thou hunt the prey for the lion? or fill the appetite of the young lions, 
 38:40   When they couch in [their] dens, [and] abide in the covert to lie in wait? 
 38:41   Who provideth for the raven his food? when his young ones cry unto God, they wander for lack of meat. 
 


What does this teach us about God, not just as the Creator but as the Sustainer of all life? How should this important truth impact how we understand the arts and sciences?

First let's see why God has shared this chapter. It was a very strong rebuke to a  man who had led many astray by words which were untrue. How does God look at such that would open their mouths and speak things which are contrary to truth that God has revealed? Have you ever erred in words that turned out to be untrue? It has an evil influence on others who hear it.


 38:1   Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said, 
 38:2   Who [is] this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge? 
 38:3   Gird up now thy loins like a man; for I will demand of thee, and answer thou me. 


This is the very first thing that God said to Job. Does this give great importance to His Words? Absolutely. Something educators need to take to heart. They are accountable for all they have spoken in the presence of their students. And, God did not stop in His rebuke with one chapter. He wanted Job to understand He was serious about what Job had done. How does God conclude His message to Job and what was Job's response? Did he repent? Do you really want wisdom, or will you just let these truths which are contrary to what is being taught in our schools drift away? As a teacher in God's schools, it would be wise to consider more than what has been asked in today's lesson. Job sinned and his sin is sitting in front of you beginning with this chapter. God loved Job and led him to repent. He expects the same from you and me. But, if we resist His work, then where does that lead us and those we love?



“Many teach that matter possesses vital power – that certain properties are imparted to matter, and it is then left to act through its own inherent energy; and that the operations of nature are conducted in harmony with fixed laws, with which God Himself cannot interfere. This is false science, and is not sustained by the word of God. Nature is the servant of her Creator … . Nature testifies of an intelligence, a presence, an active energy, that works in and through her laws. There is in nature the continual working of the Father and the Son. Christ says, ‘My Father worketh hitherto, and I work.’ John 5:17.” — Ellen G. White, Patriarchs and Prophets, p. 114.


Unfortunately, as stated earlier, so much of science works on atheistic, materialist presuppositions. This means, then, that a scientist could be staring at something of the utmost beauty, of the utmost complexity, even of both the utmost beauty and complexity together, and yet claim that it arose by chance, with no forethought or intention behind it.

This is, in fact, what science claims all the time. Life on earth, in all its beauty and complexity – from butterflies to humans – is explained as nothing but the result of chemicals billions of years ago forming by chance into simple life that, through random mutation and natural selection, evolved into all that lives and moves and breathes today.

Yes, false science does claim this, but not true science which is in harmony with God.


Science, as now constituted, argues that the very idea of a supernatural Creator is “unscientific,” since it cannot be tested scientifically, and thus it is a notion that science cannot deal with. This presupposition is not anything that science itself teaches (in fact, science would seem to teach the opposite: all the beauty and complexity of the world do, indeed, point to a Creator), but is, instead, a philosophical position imposed upon the discipline by scientists themselves.

This has a two-fold source. First, education has led many to believe a lie. We have been taught error by those who were taught error. God's Words to Job, the very first ones, reveal how destructive are our words when not in harmony with truth, when they darken God's truth, the only truth. Secondly, when truth is rejected when is interferes with our "truth," we see the workings of Satan in opposing God. There is a hate for God and truth in the world who know not God. Thus the lines are drawn between those who love God and truth, and those who do not love God, but hate Him and truth. We see this in the world today where in the United States there is a battle between those who love truth and those who do not. There are those in politics who voice and carry out programs that are anti God, they want nothing to do with God's leading, and will fight with all their strength to oppose moral law.


The problem, however, is that Scripture teaches that God not only created everything but that He sustains everything, as well. This means that any true Christian education in science would have to work from radically different assumptions than what science in general claims. Inevitably, clashes will occur, especially when it comes to origins.

Again, there are two groups in the world, those who are at enmity with God and truth, and those who are at enmity with Satan and sin. In what group are you? If you do not love God with all your heart, then you are at enmity with Him, but you do not have to remain opposed to God. He has given us a promise that we may hope for. It is found in Genesis 3:15. "And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel." This promise has conditions. First is the fact that in order for us to gain a hated (enmity) towards Satan and sin, Christ must suffer and die for our sins, which He did do. But, even though that condition has been fulfilled, not all will receive the promised gift. There is another condition that we must do in order to gain a hatred of sin. We must die to self. We must be born again of the Spirit. All have been born of the flesh which is evil and at enmity with God. How then can we fulfill our part? We must spend time  with Jesus that we will trust Him with all we are and all we have. Until that is done, we will remain aligned with the world, Satan, and sin, and at enmity with God and truth. Something to ponder and pray about.

Once converted and at enmity with satan and false truth, we are enabled to be teachers of truth.
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Friday          December 4

Further Thought: Two reasons exist why science, which gets so many things right, gets origins so wrong: first, science, which studies the natural world, must look only to the natural world for answers; second, science assumes that the laws of nature must remain constant. Yet both these are wrong when it comes to origins.

Take the first one, which requires natural causes for natural events. That’s fine for hurricane tracking, but it is worse than worthless for origins that start out with “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Gen. 1:1, NKJV). What can science, which denies the supernatural in origins, teach us about origins that were totally supernatural?

And the constancy of nature? This seems to make sense, except that Romans 5:12 – “Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned” (NKJV) – presupposes a natural environment discontinuous, and qualitatively different, from anything that science now confronts. A world in which death did not exist is radically different from anything we can study today, and to assume they were very similar when they weren’t, also will lead to error.

Hence, science gets origins wrong because it denies two crucial aspects of the creation: the supernatural force behind it, and the radical physical discontinuity between the original creation and what’s before us now.

More than getting wrong where we came from, science that does not have Scripture as its foundation is dangerous, for this "education" is a perversion of the name.

The foundation of all true science is contained in the Bible. Every branch of knowledge may be found by searching the word of God. And above all else it contains the science of all sciences, the science of salvation. The Bible is the mine of the unsearchable riches of Christ. The true higher education is gained by studying and obeying the word of God. But when God’s word is laid aside for books that do not lead to God and the kingdom of heaven, the education acquired is a perversion of the name.  Christ's Object Lessons 107.


Discussion Questions:

    In class, talk about the question of beauty. What is beauty? How do we define it? How might a Christian define and understand beauty differently from a non-Christian?

Beauty is truth. Do we love the truth no matter where it leads?


    Christ could have come to earth as a brilliant scientist, to be richly compensated for His groundbreaking research. He could have garnered all fame as a musical performer. Instead, He came and trained as a humble craftsman. He was present at Creation, but He trained as a layperson and fulfilled His duties obediently. What encouragement does this offer us, wherever we may be in our educational or professional journey?

    Although not every Christian is called to teach in schools, Christians can be ever teaching others in word and in deed, with intention or completely unaware.

Amen, we are either a savor of life unto life, or death unto death. We are to be His witnesses of His love and the power of His grace to transform sinners into saints. There is a vast difference between those who love God with the whole heart, and those who do not.


For this reason, what habits should the Christian cultivate, both as a student of Christ and as a teacher of the world?

Those habits we will gain when converted that we shall continue to cultivate are found in the Book of Galatians, chapter five.

 5:22   But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 
 5:23   Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. 
 5:24   And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. 


And the things we do not want to have in our life and reveal we are not converted:


 5:19   Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are [these]; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, 
 5:20   Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, 
 5:21   Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told [you] in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. 


Jesus receives His reward when we reflect His character, the fruits of the Spirit......We deny Jesus His reward when we do not.