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Friday, March 11, 2011

Helmet of Salvation

Eph 6:17 (NASB) "And take THE HELMET OF SALVATION, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God..."

It is common for homeschoolers to 'follow' a certain educator's philosophy. When we adopt a curriculum, we adopt its philosophies, knowingly or unknowingly.

While there are pros and cons regards to the Greek versus Hebrew worldviews, we are in a state where humanism has profoundly influenced the way we think, live and act.

"The lens through which we modern-day people (paraphrase) view the world has been coloured by years of the influence of ancient Greek thought; Homer, Thales, Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle;s thinking and teachings have had a profound impact on how we think today." - The heart of wisdom teaching approach by Robin Sampson

The book further elaborated that "The basis for humanism is found in the Greek philosophical spirit. the common thread for both belief systems requires man-not god-to be the measure of all things. Greek philosophy and humanism place man as the ultimate evaluator of everything. The outgrow of this view is that there are no God-given standards. Everything changes and evolves. Ethics and morality are based on the whims of man, not on the holy will of God." - Mike and Sue Dowgiewicz.

While some approach are pretty clear-cut in the way they align themselves with the Bible, some are not so clear. I was particularly cautious about using a certain educator's methodology as a blanket theory.

Essentially, following Christ requires that we submit our wills, desires and intellects along with those in whom we place our trust in, under the sovereignty of our Almighty. I had to be careful not to utter words like "so-and-so educator says this , therefore it must be so..." especially so if it has anything to do with character building, or issues pertaining to transformation of heart.

We try to let God be God. In a world of plurality, the only way to stand firm is to take the helmet of salvation (protection), the sword of the spirit (weapon), which is the word of God.

we believe that if God says so, it must be so, only because "He is the way, the truth, the life."

New American Standard Bible (©1995)

Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.