Never be afraid to learn. But make sure you are learning the right things. We live in a culture of information. Our higher education system has largely become a cesspool of ideas competing against what has been known for thousands of years. They celebrate 'questioning', as if there is more value in doubting than there is knowing.
To oppose the established wisdom is now to become an intellectual hero. It is as if the academics have to find new ways to doubt in order to hold their position in the system. In fact, the liberal arts university system is now somewhat based on questioning the known rather than questioning the unknown. They even give their teachers a blank check on opposing the norm. At a certain point, a teacher achieves what they call "tenure." Tenure is basically a guaranteed job on the faculty of a university. The reason they give professors this guaranteed job is so they can have the freedom to question facts without fear of being fired. Tenure is in essence the freedom to make up whatever you like without being held accountable.
This would explain the post-modern shift away from foundational or propositional truth in our culture. 2+2 used to be 4. Now it is whatever one believes it to be. Jonah used to be swallowed by a huge fish. Now it is okay to believe that the account of Jonah is just a fairy tale... even in many of our Christian colleges.
Tenure would also explain the push to get everyone to go to college. It used to be that most parents raised their children to believe that God is real, the Bible is true and clear, and there is right and wrong. Now, one of the purposes of university is to get young adults to question those presuppositions. They are taught to deconstruct the faith handed down by their parents and construct their own faith. This is why the Liberal community is so eager to get everyone to college. They need to deprogram those believing young adult minds. It's easier to do that in a place that offers everyone 'opportunity'.
But see... faith is not to be 'yours'. It is God's domain. He gives faith. And He gives it through people. That's how it works. It is a seed handed to the first people of faith. As it grows, it produces seed and germinates in the lives of others. It is to find a place to grow in each person. When we encourage people to deconstruct their faith in a secular setting, it is like we are asking them to deconstruct their immune system... and then walk through a sick ward at the hospital.
Every idea is not equal. But most of the professors at the university level want us to consider that they are. In the end, they want us... or at least our children to believe their own ideas are the best. And since the chance of them losing their job at the school is next to non-existent, they have a lot of opportunity to attack truth and form the next generation.
So as believers we need to be wise. There are a lot of things I believe that I never have to question. The main things I need to question are those things I do not know. But if I start spending time deconstructing my faith, it won't be long before I have a bunch of pieces of faith lying around, but no real way to put them back together. God never asks us to question our faith, or tear it apart to see if it is real. Genuine faith is proven through obedience, not obliteration. God wants faith to grow in us order to produce fruit in our lives as well as the lives of others. It was never His intent for our faith to die to see if it would rise again.
We wonder why the Church has seemingly lost a generation? Well, we have been sending them off to be deconstructed at university, and they lose, or leave their damaged faith because that is the main course at the schools. The college system is not creating a generation of people with strong faith. That's a problem. It used to be that higher learning was a way to know God more. Now it is a way to know God less.
"Instruct a wise man, and he will be wiser still; teach a righteous man, and he will learn more. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. For by Wisdom your days will be many, and years will be added to your life." (Proverbs 9:9-11)
This is one of the great wise sayings of Scripture. The idea is not that we become wiser by opening up our minds to every possibility out there. We become wiser by first, fearing God. Second, knowing God. Third, being instructed by people who fear and know God. We would live longer and with greater capacity if we would acquire the wisdom that comes from God. There is no promise in the Bible that if we cast off the understanding of faith that we will be blessed. In fact, there is always a curse that comes with attacking or dismantling faith.
Jesus said, “I assure you, unless you are converted and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child—this one is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever welcomes one child like this in My name welcomes Me. But whoever causes the downfall of one of these little ones who believe in Me—it would be better for him if a heavy millstone were hung around his neck and he were drowned in the depths of the sea! Woe to the world because of offenses. For offenses must come, but woe to that man by whom the offense comes." (Matthew 18:3-7)
Look at what Jesus said about people who play a part in the deconstruction of the faith of a child who believes in Jesus. They would be better off dead. Not just a millstone... but a heavy millstone should take them to the bottom of the sea. Doesn't sound like 'gentle Jesus meek and mild, does it?
Am I against education? Absolutely not. Am I against an educational system that is increasingly anti-God, anti-Bible, and anti-family? Absolutely. Many parents have raised children to be Godly, only to have the contemporary educational system fill their heads with foolishness and their hearts with poison.
Today, do not simply seek to know more stuff. There is no value in knowing or testing all of the options to Christianity. Seek to know God more. I encourage you to strengthen your faith. Don't deconstruct it. That's the Devil's job. You don't need to come up with your own faith. You need to build up that faith that was once for all delivered to believers.
[Bible quotes are from the Holman Christian Standard Bible, unless otherwise noted.]
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