A Biblical Philosophy of Education
The purpose of education, like everything else, is to glorify God (Rom. 11:33-36; Rev. 4:11; Col. 1:16).Â There is one God and He is Who He says He is, so the One we must glorify is the God of the Bible.Â Â This OneÂ God isÂ (Deut. 4:39; 6:4) Creator (Gen. 1:1, 27), Holy (Lev. 11:44), Jealous (Ex. 20:5), Omniscient (Ps. 139), Judge (Heb. 12:23; Is. 33:22), Loving (1 John 4:8, 16), and Savior (Jonah 2:9; Ps. 18:2).Â God is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, Three in One (1 John 5:7; Matthew 28:19, 20).Â God is only glorified by what He says glorifies Him (Jn. 4:24; 17:17), so in order to glorify Him, all education must conform every standard, activity, program, policy, technique, strategy, and content to the Word of God (2 Tim. 3:16, 17; Mt. 4:4).
The mission of education is to be make disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ.Â This is the mission of God Himself (Jn. 4:23; Lk. 19:10; Jn. 6:37-40; Gen. 6, 11, 12).Â It is the mission that Jesus Christ Himself called for (Mt. 28:18-20).Â Being a disciple of Jesus Christ means learning and practicing the truth.Â The truth is the Word of God, the Bible, by which Jesus Himself was sanctified (Jn. 17:17).Â Satan opposes the truth (Jn. 8:44) and there are terrible consequences for disobeyingÂ it (2 Thess. 2:12, 13).Â The Lord Jesus Christ Himself is the source of truth (John 14:6).Â Success in educating a child requires a deep, personal, and saving knowledge of the Scriptures for the teacher and the student, theÂ childÂ (2 Tim. 3:15).
God has ordained the church as the propagator and protector of the truth (1 Tim. 3:15; Jn. 14:15, 21, 24) of which Jesus Christ is the Head (Col. 1:18).Â At the same time, parents are responsible to train their children in the truth (Deut. 6:4-9; Prov. 22:6; Eph. 6:4; Prov. 7:1-3).Â We can conclude from these Scriptural truths that the proper combination of parents and the local church will teach the truth to children.
To be disciplined in the truth, children need the repitition of the truth (Deut. 6:7-9; 11:19) and physical punishment is a primary means of enforcing its practiceÂ (Prov. 22:15; 23:13, 14; 13:24; 29:15; 19:18).Â Disobedience must be dealt with Scripturally (Mt. 18:15-17; Eph. 5:11; Gal. 6:1).Â Children require the right models of discipleship, so their teachers should be saved, Godly, serving members of the church (2 Tim. 2:2; Heb. 11:1) and their companions should not be able to influence them in sin and worldliness (1 Cor. 15:33; Prov. 22:10, 24; 2 Thess. 3:6; 1 Tim. 6:5).Â There should not be worldly things (Rom. 13:14; Ps. 1; Rom. 12:2; James 4:4), lies (Ps. 40:4; 101:7), corrupt communication (Col. 3:8), or anything wicked (Ps. 101:3; 1 Peter 1:14-16) that influences.
The children or young people need the opportunity to practice truth:Â hard work (1 Thess. 4:11; 2 Tim. 2:15), obedience to authority (Heb. 13:17; Tit. 3:1, 2), evangelism and discipleship (2 Cor. 5:18; Mark 16:15), God ordained roles of manhood (1 Tim. 2:8; 5:8) and womanhood (Prov. 31), and praise (Col. 3:16).
The Lord Jesus Christ must be the ultimate and supreme model of discipleship (Luke 2:52):Â “Wisdom”–Intellect (Proverbs 1:7; II Timothy 3:7; I Corinthians 3:18,19), “Stature”–Physical (1 Tim. 4:8; 1 Cor. 9:27), “Favor with Man”–Social (James 2:1-12; 1 Tim. 4:12, Dan. 6:4; Prov. 17:27), and “Favor with God”–Spiritual.Â Everything should haveÂ a standard of excellence in Christ (Philip. 1:10; Mk. 12:30; Eccl.Â 9:10).Â Goals must be set that would lead to being like Christ in every way both daily, weekly, monthly, yearly, and for our whole life (Philip. 3:12-14).