Friday, March 18, 2005

Is Silence An Option?

Jeremy Pierce wrote some interesting comments in How Then Shall We Educate. He said,
Not assuming there is a God does not amount to assuming there's no God. The public school system is silent on that issue. If we confuse those two things, we'll be the intellectual laughingstocks nonbelievers think we are
Jesus said in Luke 11:23 "He who is not with Me is against me and He who does not gather with me scatters"

According to Jesus, anyone who is not professing a belief in God is actually against God. That's a hard lump to swallow in our "tolerant" age.

God has not given parents the luxury of being neutral in the discipleship of our children. This is includes the schools that we allow influence in our children's lives.

Jesus said in Mathew 18:6 "but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it is better for him that a heavy milstone be hung around his neck and that he be drowned in the depth of the sea."

I do not want to stand before God knowing that I caused my little ones to stumble.

As far as being a laughing stock to non-believers I am not too worried. Noah went into the boat a minority and came out the majority.

Jeremy also comments,
Also, you're assuming that there will be no wisdom just because the most fundamental foundation of wisdom isn't there. Lots of people have excellent wisdom and indeed have some foundation for it without fundamentally grounding that foundation in something deeper. To claim otherwise is to act as if everyone who doesn't believe in God is a moral nihilist, and nothing could be further from the truth. Maybe they have no intellectual justification for their moral views, but they have them, and as with many other things that's due to God's common grace.
Yes, you are correct. I am saying that without the foundation for wisdom there is no wisdom. But I am not assuming it. Scripture declares it. Can there be a tree without a seed? Can there be an apple without a tree? You are arguing for a middle without a beginning. Psalm 111:10 states "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom". One cannot be wise about somethings without having a foundation for wisdom. A tree without roots will not stand.

I also don't believe that one can be "good" without God.

Romans 3:23 states, "For all have sinned a fall short of the glory of God."

Psalm 53:1 states, "The fool has said in his heart, "There is no God," they are corrupt and have commited abominable injustice, there is no one who does good."

If people could be good without God there would be no need for a Savior. To see ourselves the way we truly are and to see God for who HE is will be the foundation for the education of my children.


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