Why Education Should Include the Bible

August 11, 2012 — Leave a comment

“But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them, and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.
(2 Timothy 3:14-17)

This passage lists several reasons why the Bible is to be taught in school.  It says that all Scripture has been given by the inspiration of God and is valuable to use for doctrine (sound teachings), for establishing what is right and wrong as well as what is correct behavior and for pointing out and correcting wrong behavior.  It is to be used for positive training of children so they can be thoroughly equipped for every good work.  Timothy knew Holy Scriptures from his childhood. So should our kids. Parents are responsible for that, and so are Christian schools or home schools.

2 Timothy 4 goes on to explain further reasons for including the Bible in classroom subjects: Paul wholeheartedly commands to “proclaim the Word!” He says to do so “in season and out of season”, which means in everything, weather it is popular or convenient or not, so find a way to work it in to the subjects taught.  He says to “Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching.”  Yes, he said all teaching (there is no comma after longsuffering which ties “all” to “teaching”).  Then, he tells another reason why we are to include the Bible in all teaching in verse 3: “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.”  Haven’t we all seen that occurring in our society today?!  It will be more prevalent when our students grow up.  Many people turn away from the truth, and go to those that tell them what they want to hear, even though it is false, untrue, and fables.  Prepare your students to withstand that temptation.

Education must include the Scripture passages in every subject because it is truth, and because God says so. Teachers and writers of school textbooks must interweave truth in all scholastic subjects taught. Paul said that command emphatically in this way from verse 1 “I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom: Preach the word!”  Teachers, are you obeying that unambiguous command?

 

Copyright 2012  Kevin Brownlee

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