The Beginning of Wisdom

The great principles of education are unchanged.

By Norbert Restrepo

When Adam and Eve chose to receive the knowledge of evil, they brought upon themselves and their posterity a change in their nature and circumstances. Sin separated man from God and introduced in his nature a bent towards evil. From thereon through the flow of history, the different existing cultures manifest varied circumstances and different conditions, all of them tainted by sin and evidencing the struggle between good and evil. Nonetheless, true education is still conformed to the Creator’s plan; the great principles remain unchanged.1

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do His commandments: His praise endureth for ever.” Psalm 111:10. “And now, Israel, what doth the Lord thy God require of thee, but to fear the Lord thy God, to walk in all His ways, and to love Him, and to serve the Lord thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul, to keep the commandments of the Lord, and His statutes, which I command thee this day for thy good?” Deuteronomy 10:12, 13.

True education embraces the principles of truth, honor, integrity, purity, obedience, and unselfish service. It draws us into an intimate relationship with Christ so that He can empower us to make these principles, which are the reflection of His character, the controlling power in our lives. These principles will transform our character, direct our behavior, and guide our lifestyle.

In the beginning of the world, God instituted a system of education that was to be a model for humanity forever. “The Garden of Eden was the schoolroom, nature was the lesson book, the Creator Himself was the instructor, and the parents of the human family were the students.”2

Today, despite changed conditions, the book of nature continues to be a source of knowledge; useful occupation continues to be a blessing that strengthens the body, expands the mind, and develops the character; and God is still our instructor.

Friends, it is our privilege to follow an educational model where God’s Word is the ultimate authority, where science does not conflict with revelation, where useful occupation is always present, where unselfish service is the underlying motive, and where godliness is the ultimate goal!

1 White, Ellen G., Education, p. 30.

2 White, p. 20.

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