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Your Teachers Tell You That God Created Everything

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“Worthy are you, O Lord our God, to receive glory, honor and power, for Your created all things, and by Your will they exist and are created.” (Rev. 4:11)

“All things were made through Him, and apart from Him, nothing was made that has been made.” (John 1:3)

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” (Gen. 1:1)

It is a glorious thing to be taught that God is the Creator and Sustainer of everything, and that He upholds the universe by the Word of His power. And it is only possible with an explicitly Christian education. As with all human endeavors, a Christian education will have its faults and failings, yet this ought not cause us to abandon the project, for the up-side of Christian education is beyond estimation. It is this up-side that I wish to reflect upon in these series of posts.

My encouragement to Christian parents to provide for their children an explicitly Christian education – either at home or at a private Christian school – began with the simple observation that teacher and students get to pray to begin their studies in a Christian educational setting. I want to continue my encouragement by pointing out that teachers in a Christian school believe that God is the Creator of all things. They know not only that God created everything, but that He sustains everything, and that nothing exists apart from Him. Further, if they love God, they know a good bit about the implications of this doctrine, and they will impart these implications to their students.

Nothing like the doctrine of God’s creatorship can be taught in a public school. It is forbidden for a public school teacher to stand up in front of her students and say anything to the effect that “all things were made through Jesus Christ, and apart from Him nothing was made that has been made.” It is out-of-bounds to discuss any of the ramifications and consequences that follow from God’s creatorship.

Yet the fact that God is the creator is a glorious truth, and a foundational pillar of conforming our minds to the gospel of God. It is something that should be shot through every subject of study in school. It is certainly suffused throughout every teaching of the Scriptures. It’s not a throw-away, after-thought doctrine. The Bible begins with God as Creator and ends with God as Creator. Moreover, because God is our Creator, He has rights over us, and we stand under His authority and judgment. We are accountable to Him, and we were made for a purpose, namely, to honor Him by enjoying Him forever.

If a child learns to not associate God with the world and universe around him or her, then his education is cut off at the knees from the very start. This is true even if the child only comes to think of a natural world existing apart from God as something merely plausible. For it is not plausible. The teaching about Creation will buttress everything a child learns in a properly executed Christian education, and therefore, teachers teaching their students that God is the creator is a great reason for Christians to establish, support, foster, propagate and engage their children in a Christian education.

-D

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Written by Michael Duenes

October 3, 2013 at 9:00 pm

Posted in Duenes, Education

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