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Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Wisdom and Education: Not Always the Same

"...And if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God. For the Lord gives wisdom, and from His mouth come knowledge and understanding."
~Proverbs 2:3-6

"Blessed is the man who finds wisdom, the man who gains understanding, for she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold. She is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her. Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor. Her ways are pleasant ways, and all her paths are peace. She is the tree of life to those who embrace her; those who lay hold of her will be blessed. By wisdom the Lord laid the earth's foundations, by understanding He set the heavens in place; by His knowledge the deeps were divided, and the clouds let drop the dew. My son, preserve sound judgment and discernment, do not let them out of your sight; they will be life for you, an ornament to grace your neck."
~Proverbs 3:13-22

"The path of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, shining ever brighter till the full light of day."
~Proverbs 4:18

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight."
~Proverbs 3:5-6

Doesn't the Bible contain some of the most beautiful language? I've always loved Proverbs 4:18, above. God sparks little glimmers of illumination within our hearts and lives, and then gradually makes our paths brighter and brighter until we will attain full understanding of His truth in Heaven.

As someone who has always wanted to understand everything--that is, the most frustrating thing on Earth to me is confusion--these verses on wisdom really convict my heart. It is very easy to be swayed by human reasoning, rather than base my beliefs and values on God's truths.

Secular Humanists like to believe that Christians are ignorant, and that they are the enlightened ones. Our country has established a behemoth structure known as "higher education" that supposedly dispels ignorance as it seeks to produce a homogeneous, politically and socially correct crop of graduates. And yet we are more logically and morally confused then ever. Could it be that listening only to ourselves, and relying only on human reasoning doesn't work?

Here are just a few things I don't understand apart from God's presence and determination:
  1. Who's to decide what's "right" and what's "wrong"? What is the idea of right and wrong even based upon?
  2. If all things are relative, then what's the point of believing any one position or holding to any value? It's not any better than the next person's idea.
  3. Can we ever truly know anything? How do we know that we know?
  4. What is my purpose?
  5. What are the meanings of life and of death?
  6. How did we even get here in the first place? (I've spent a lot of time studying the theory of evolution, and even if I wasn't a Christian I know I could never logically accept that theory's credibility!)
  7. How can we say that somebody like Hitler or Osama Bin Laden is wrong? They're just doing what they feel is right for themselves and their own people, right? Isn't that what survival of the fittest is all about?

I feel sorry for the students who spend years being indoctrinated with position statements, instead of learning how to ask the real questions. So much time is spent in schools and universities throwing theories at them, while the inconsistencies are largely ignored. Education must be firmly anchored to a consistent moral base, or else it is nothing but empty chatter.


Blogger Jessica said...

are you a college graduate?

8:06 AM, July 20, 2005  
Blogger Erin said...

Yes, I am. I have actually attended one jr. college and three different universities (long story!), so feel that I have experienced a broad range of educational situations. Fortunately, much of my higher education experience was very good...but I've seen enough and heard enough from friends and others about their own experiences with public and otherwise secular education to the contrary...mainly in the liberal arts, so perhaps I should add that caveat.
I do not wish to demean the value of all secular education, only to observe--as a Christian--that its value seems somewhat limited to me when God's presence and truths are denied.

12:09 AM, July 21, 2005  

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