by Michael Dante Aprile
What I hope to give you here is enough evidence to dissuade you from thinking about using any other avenue for teaching your children other than God’s Word. I realize that this will probably upset your proverbial apple cart. “Do I believe,” you might be asking me now, “that you don’t need to teach those golden, institutionally-protected subjects – left over from the compulsory attendance (i.e., public) schools – to your dear children? Well, I didn’t actually say that. What I am suggesting, very strongly, is that God might take it very unkindly if you choose to teach your children those subjects, through any other method than His Word. I am suggesting that I have found it is most probably an abomination to God for you:
To believe you must teach some extra (seemingly essential) subjects to supplement what you believe, for some reason, that His Word just won’t adequately cover. This is very dangerous (See Proverbs 30:5-6 and Revelation 22:18).
To teach those school subjects and make the Bible to be just one of the subjects, among them all, for your children to study. God warns that He will not share attention with other subjects (See Exodus 20:5).
By the way, when you come to the word “hate,” in reading Exodus 20:5, note that this means “to put God or His Word in a lower (or even equal) position to some other subject or person. To put God’s Word in line with other subjects or secondary to them is to “hate” God.
To think that the Bible is not inclusive of absolute knowledge that works to teach all other subjects God has for your children. This is a lack of understanding of the living Word (See 2 Timothy 3:16).
To believe that concentrating on the Bible and the spiritual aspects of life, void of the rest of the subjects, is not a good direction for your child, because you must prepare your child for goals that lead to college. This notion that we parents should prepare our children for life “in the world” and to live “according to this world” and somehow God will just follow along behind their every worldly desire for success in this world and support their efforts is also a serious lack of understanding (See Proverbs 3:1-6+).
Note: I have tried to trace back to where it came to be that we needed such a notion as college in our society. I learned some very interesting and “eye-opening” things about the history of the inception of these so-called “higher institutions of learning” and their purpose. As with most things today, the purpose of these institutions has changed dramatically and for the worse, from the time of their origination. Going back and looking at the colleges that were founded, close around the time North America was born, each of their charters had a somewhat surprising intent. Of the first 108 universities founded in North America, 106 were distinctly Christian, including the first, Harvard University, chartered in 1636. In the original Harvard Student Handbook, rule number 1 was that students seeking entrance must know Latin and Greek so that they could study the scriptures, wherein it states,“Let every student be plainly instructed and earnestly pressed to consider well, the main end of his life and studies is, to know God and Jesus Christ, which is eternal life, John 17:3; and therefore to lay Jesus Christ as the only foundation for our children to follow the moral principles of the Ten Commandments.”
To believe that God could not take your children who are studied only in His Word and in knowledge of Him, and bring them to great heights in social settings and position. This also is a lack of understanding (See Daniel 1:8-20).
To believe that if your children are not studied in science then they will not be able to grasp important knowledge about the physical world in which they live. This does not hold true and there is a warning about this (See 1 Timothy 6:20-21).
Note: ” ‘Science’ (the very meaning of which is knowledge) necessarily can deal only with those things that exist at present. The scientific method involves reproducibility, the study of present natural processes. When men attempt to interpret the events of the [so-called] prehistoric past or the eschatological future, they must necessarily leave the domain of true science (whose measurements can be made only in the present) and enter the realm of faith” (Dr. Henry Morris – emphasis mine).
In other words, since science uses current processes to establish what might have occurred in the past, then all that is scientifically determined about the past is theoretical, at best. This is where science has erred about the dating of materials and like processes. No individual was there when the world was created (Job 38-39), however, we have the Word of the One Who created the world about what happened and how it was done (Genesis 1-11). The mistake that our limited knowledge can make is to gather scientific information about the history of the earth, stars, and universe assuming that present processes may be extrapolated indefinitely into the past or future. This is what is termed as “uniformitarianism” or “uniformity.” We see, in 2 Peter 3:4, that all things do not continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.
Once again, I site Dr. Henry Morris for an explanation of how the Bible is more than sufficient as a science book.
“The word ‘science’ isessentially synonymous with ‘knowledge,’and is so used in Scripture. The first mention of knowledge in the Bible, in Genesis 2:9, is in connection with the ‘tree of knowledge.’ One might paraphrase by saying that God warned man against partaking of the ‘tree of science.’ There were to be prescribed limits within which man was to exercise dominion over the world; for his own good, he was not intended to venture outside these bounds and know in an experimental fashion the ‘science of good and evil.’ By contrast, the first use of knowledge in the New Testament, in Luke 1:77, speaks of the ‘knowledge (Greek, gnosis) of salvation,’ and the final mention speaks of the ‘knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ’ (2 Peter 3:18).”
We already learned that the word “science” means “knowledge.” We learn, from scripture, that “the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge” (Proverbs 1:7). Therefore, True science (or True knowledge) comes from God and not from what scientists hypothesize.
A quote by Thomas Edison says: Have Faith in Science Books?
“They are mostly misleading. I get mad at myself when I think I have believed what was so learnedly set out in them (science books). There are more frauds in science than anywhere else…take a whole pile of them that I can name and you will find uncertainty if not imposition in half of what they state as scientific truth. They have time and again set down experiments as done by them, curious out of the way experiments that they never did. I tell you I’d rather know nothing about a thing in science, nine times out of ten, than what the books tell me. “…Professor this or that will controvert you out of the books and prove out of the books that it can’t be so, though you have it in the palm of your hand and could break his spectacles with it.”
Thomas Edison, New York Herald, Dec. 31, 1879 from an article entitled
“Problem of Human Life” A. Wilford Hall, Hall and Co. 1880
To believe that if your children don’t read the many books available to them in the libraries for a good study of things of this world, even the classics, they will neither be smart nor will they be good readers. This is the opposite of the truth, for which there is also a warning (See Ecclesiastes 12:12-13).
To believe that your children need to study materials that are the same or similar to those the public schools and libraries have available in order to be well studied and prepared for this life. This is not God’s goal for them (See 2 Timothy 2:15).
To believe that no young person can know what a person knows that has a doctorate degree from college, from just studying God’s Word and being saved. This sort of trust primarily in those with white coats and degrees shows little faith in God (See 1 John 2:20; Isaiah 54:13+; and John 6:45).
To believe that your children cannot possibly know how to do things and won’t be smart without going through school but simply by having knowledge of God and His Word. This is one of the biggest misnomers, and lies bought into, of all (Deut. 1:13) (Exodus 28:3) (Exodus 31:3,6) (Exodus 35:10,26,35) (Exodus 36:1) (Dan. 9:22) (1 Chron. 12:32) (1 Kings 3:9-10) (1 Kings 7:13-14) (Isaiah 28:26) and (Ezra 8:18).