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Are Schools Destroying Young People's Faith?


Public Schools, Education, Humanism, and Children's FaithOne of the most popular philosophies of education is called "Humanism." The Humanist Manifestos inform us what Humanists generally believe.

In the first place, Humanists teach that there is no evidence God exists, and that man was not created but evolved from lower life forms by natural processes (Manifestos, pp 8,13,16 and 17). Nearly all teen-agers can testify that this doctrine is taught in the public schools. But creation is generally not taught, in spite of the fact that children of Christians believe there is a God who created all living things, including man — Genesis 1 (Exodus 20:11; Acts 14:15; 17:24).

Humanists also believe that there are no absolute rules of right or wrong, and that people need not submit to the laws of the Bible or any other authority, but each individual can reason out for himself what is morally right or wrong (Manifestos, pp 8, 17,19). These ideas are taught in the schools by means of "values clarification" and open-ended discussions on moral issues. If a student defends a position taught him by the Bible or by his parents, his position is analyzed by human reasoning, not by appealing to the authority of God or of parents. No really conclusive decisions are ever reached. A student may enter the class having respect for the Bible and for his parents (2 Timothy 3:16,17; Ephesians 6:1-3; John 14:15; Proverbs 3:5,6). But these discussions convince him that there are no real answers, and that he has the right, by his own reasoning, to reject any rule made by his parents or by God. No wonder we have raised a rebellious generation!

Finally, Humanists believe that people have a right to abortion, suicide, mercy killing, and any form of sexual expression they prefer (Manifestos, pp 18,19). The fruit of such teaching is suicide and sexual perversions of all kinds among our young people, in spite of Bible teaching (1 Corinthians 6:9-11; Galatians 5:19-21; Exodus 20:12-17; Romans 1:28-32).

Parents, do you know what your children are being taught in school, and are you making sure they learn the truth about the errors of Humanism?

For further study I encourage the reader to go to /instruct/ and  study our online article about Biblical principles for raising godly children.


(c) Copyright David E. Pratte, 2/5/2005

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