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They’ll Teach You the Inner Meaning of History

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There is an inner meaning to history which informs and underlies everything else about it, and this inner meaning can only be taught through an explicitly Christian education. For only the Christian gospel teaches us what history is and where it is going. Three Scriptures come to mind:

At the end of the days I, Nebuchadnezzar, lifted my eyes to heaven, and my reason returned to me, and I blessed the Most High, and praised and honored him who lives forever, for his dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom endures from generation to generation; all the inhabitants of the earth are accounted as nothing, and he does according to his will among the host of heaven and among the inhabitants of the earth, and none can stay his hand or say to him, “What have you done?” (Daniel 4:34-35)

This gospel of the kingdom will be preached throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come. (Matt. 24:14)

The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man, nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything. And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, that they should seek God, and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him. Yet he is actually not far from each one of us, for “‘In him we live and move and have our being’; as even some of your own poets have said, “‘For we are indeed his offspring.’ Being then God’s offspring, we ought not to think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by the art and imagination of man. The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent, because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed; and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead.” (Acts 17:24-31)

These Scriptures prove up one of the great glories that comes with the Church providing her children with an explicitly Christian education. They mean that the Christian teacher of history will inculcate in his or her student the gracious reality that the Triune God rules over the history of the whole universe, including every nation of men and every ruler who ever ruled or will rule. These Scriptures also mean that God has a great and glorious plan that He is working out in history, and that plan is much larger than our little plans, and will very often derail them. Thus, we learn to be humble, and to see that we, like all men, are “as nothing before Him.” Finally, these Scriptures teach that history has a purpose and end point, namely, that the saving gospel of Jesus Christ be proclaimed and believed upon in every tribe, tongue, people and nation. And that God will bring all things historical to judgment on the day He has appointed, and will raise everyone either to everlasting life or to everlasting punishment. This inner meaning of history has the power to change the course of student’s lives.

It is another inestimable benefit that comes with an explicitly Christian education.



Written by Michael Duenes

October 28, 2013 at 7:07 pm

Posted in Duenes, Education

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