Theme: CHRISTIANITY AND SECULAR EDUCATION
Text: “Also, that the soul be without knowledge, it is not good; and he that hasteth with his feet sinneth.” – Proverbs 19:2.
Comment: A knowledgeable person would ensure he is well informed on issues before making his own comments for or against it. This is one benefit of education: to train people to be civil and to know their limitations, giving people the academic skills needed to read and write well (Revelation 1:3), and to get a general understanding of various fields of knowledge. In the process, one can learn how to think clearly, analyze facts, solve problems, and generate productive ideas. Secular education can aid one to achieve some aspects of our spiritual goals in life and gain practical wisdom and thinking ability. – Proverbs 3:21,22.
One who has only academic knowledge could be as narrow-minded, selfish, cruel, shortsighted as the uneducated, and thus a danger to society. Scripture says: “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee…” (Hosea 4:6; Isaiah 5:13) Concerning the natural Jews God Almighty declared: “My people get knowledge from their tree, and their rod gives them news; for a false spirit is the cause of their wandering, and they have been false to their God. They make offerings on the tops of mountains, burning perfumes in high places, under trees of every sort, because their shade is good: and so your daughters are given up to loose ways and your brides are false to their husbands.” -Hosea 4:12-13, Bible in Basic English.