Why Christian Higher education?
Reason #2 – TO BUILD FOUNDATION
Most evangelical congregations have a doctrinal affirmation about the Bible that reads something like Prairie’s statement (i.e. We believe the Old and New Testament Scriptures as originally given by God are divinely inspired, inerrant, trustworthy, and constitute the only supreme authority in all matters of doctrine and conduct.). These types of statements contain a declaration of the critical importance of the Bible toward building a foundation to faith and life. Most evangelicals who attend these congregations would claim to believe that affirmation and insist on the importance of the Bible for life.
It is possible to hold lofty statements about the importance of the Bible and yet practice a lifestyle in which the Bible is relegated to the periphery of life. In a previous generation it was common for Christian parents to encourage their children to enroll in at least one year of Bible education. Education was understood to shape character, form world view and develop values. However, in the current materialistic driven culture Christian parents easily succumb to the false idea that the primary purpose of education is to prepare for a career and economic success. They question whether biblically based education has any real value.
Prairie’s 120 credit hour degrees include at least 51 hours of Bible and Theology. Essentially, the Bible is the major in every degree. Biblical study and understanding informs and influences the study of all other disciplines in the curriculum. The Bible is not optional or elective study but rather the center piece of all study.
The apostle Paul wrote, “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16, 17) Biblical centered education is not merely a foundation for employment but more importantly a foundation for life lived to honor God.
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