Devotional Guide, Today’s Reading – Friday, April 24, 2020

Theme: CHRISTIANITY AND SECULAR EDUCATION

Text: “And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:  That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.” – 1 Corinthians 2:4,5.

Comment: Paul the Apostle was a man who was vast in the knowledge of the world, and even skeptics up till now do recognize him as an intellectual.  But knowing the difference between worldly wisdom and the wisdom of God and that the latter is far superior, he made sure during his Ministry, that the Christian converts did not rely on men’s wisdom but in the power of God.  To the Corinthian Christians, he wrote the declaration as is the text for today.  Going further he stated: “Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought: But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory: Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.” – 1 Corinthians 2:6-8.

Clear-headed academic pundits who are righteously inclined always acknowledge the superiority of Bible knowledge to secular education.  William Lyon Phelphs, an American educator and onetime President of Yale University, stated: “I thoroughly believe in a University education for both men and women; but I believe a knowledge of the Bible without a college course is more valuable than a college course without the Bible.”  It is secular knowledge that promotes Bible truths that we should hold to. – Isaiah 8:20.