Christian Education by A.T Jones
1. CHRISTIAN EDUCATION.
WHATSOEVER is not Christian, is not becoming to Christians. A Christianeducation is the only education that can possibly be becoming to Christians. In Christianeducation the Book of Christianity must be preeminent. The Bible is the Book of Christianity.The purpose of Christian education is to build up Christians. Nothing that is notChristian can ever properly be brought into the education of a Christian, any more thancan anything that is not Christian be properly brought into any other phase of the life of the Christian. Therefore, the Book of Christianity, -- the Bible, -- must be the standard of Christian education; it must be the test of everything that enters into the education of aChristian; and it must supply all that is needed in the education of the Christian. And thiscontemplates education in the highest, broadest, and best sense -- the all-round, practicaldevelopment of the individual, mentally, physically, and morally.It has been, and it is, too much supposed that Christianity has to do only with a sort of spiritualized existence, apart from the real occupations and practical things of life. Thiswill never do. Christianity belongs in the deepest sense as a vital working force, in all thatever rightly can go to make up the sum of human life upon the earth. And Christianeducation is true to its name and profession only when it demonstrates this all-pervading power of Christianity as a vital element in all that can properly enter into the course of human life.It can not be denied that the life of Christ is the demonstration of Christianity. Heis the model Man: the Pattern of what every man must be to be a perfect Christian. And itis certain that Christ in human flesh demonstrating the Christian life on earth, put Himself in vital connection with every true relationship of human life upon this earth. He cameinto the world an infant; He grew up from infancy to manhood, as people in this world do;He met all that human beings in this world meet as they grow up; He met all thevicissitudes and experiences of human life, precisely, as to the fact, as all people meetthem; for "in all things it behooved Him to be made like unto His brethren." He was "inall points tempted like as we are;" and He worked as a carpenter with Joseph, until theday of His showing unto Israel in the active work of His preaching, healing, ministry.And He was just as much the Saviour of the world when He was sawing boards andmaking benches and tables, as He was when He was preaching the sermon on the mount.And this demonstrates that Christianity just as truly and as vitally enters into themechanical or other affairs of every-day life as it does into the preaching of the divinestsermon that was ever delivered.And yet, in all this Jesus was only the Word made flesh. The Word of God, inwritten form, was in the world before Jesus came in the flesh; but through the blindnessand hardness of heart of men, that Word was not allowed to manifest itself truly in theflesh. He came that this might be allowed. In Him, the Word that was here before Hecame, was made flesh, and dwelt among men, as the model Man. Since, then, Jesus was