“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” Proverbs 9:10
The Biblical principle is at the heart of Christian education. It is not the acquisition of fact or the ability to apply them in a practical situation or even to grasp the concepts behind them, which constitutes real education. These things have their place, but the foundation for meaningful learning of true wisdom is a right relationship with God.
The humanist view of education has the child acquiring knowledge and skills in order to attain a position from which, using his naturally trained judgement, he can make ‘wise’ decisions. What does the Bible say?
“If any man lack wisdom, let him ask of God…” James 1:5
The child who is in a right relationship with God has the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16) and the Holy Spirit to guide him into ‘all truth’ (John 16:13). He is thus able to discern and assimilate directly and accurately the concepts, skills and knowledge, which he needs in order to face the world around him with competence and confidence.
It is a widely held view in the world today that a child’s education should include some reference to the issue of faith and the spiritual dimension. The Biblical principle on which Christian education rests is that a personal faith in the living God is the only foundation on which education of real and lasting value can be built.