Biblical worldview can be defined as the way in which we see the world around us and the reality we as individuals choose to live. This is based on what we believe is correct and how we are called to live our lives by Jesus. (Ephesians 4: 17-22) So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking. They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts. That, however, is not the way of life you learned when you heard about Christ and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus.”
Biblical worldview means that a person decides to live their life by what the bible tells them it is the honest and respectful way of living. As Graham states, “As God has also sent us His Spirit to lead us into knowledge and wisdom, we are not left entirely to our own devises to understand what we read in the Bible, what we “read” in the creation, or what we know as creatures in Christ. As redeemed children of God, we have every reason to believe that when God’s written Word, along with His creation Word, are interpreted through the Spirit by a person who is alive in Christ, we will be able to sufficiently (not perfectly) understand the necessary norms for our cultural activity (Pg. 23)” When a person sees life through a biblical world view, they no longer act and do as they wish, they now follow the teachings of God and what they believe Christ wants them to do. A person with a biblical world view understands that Christ will give them the knowledge they need to understand how something is supposed to be done. Christ will guide them in everything they do in life and teach others by example as well. The outcome an individual gets from using the bible as a means of understanding how they should act in an every day basis depends on the way each person decides to take what they read and how they decided to put it into action. Many times, a person will not get the exact words they need or want to see but as believers we have to learn to interpret what Jesus is trying to tell them.
Christian Philosophy of Education
The Christian philosophy of education is that we will live our lives in a way in which God is reflected on what we do. Graham states, “Education is the process whereby we learn to act like God and to do His work. As we commune with God in that process, and as we study His creation we are able to do the work that He has called us to do and do it in His ways (pg.50)” The Christian philosophy of education is that if a person receives an education based on what God expects from us we will see the positive effects of a person with morals, respect, and love. Once a person has learned what is Christian life should look like they can go out to the world and teach others as well.
Receiving a Christian education, students will learn the Christian beliefs and be able to understand them, as well as to integrate those beliefs into the rest of the school subjects. Every human being has a purpose in life. If a child receives a Christian education at school as well as at home, they will learn what that purpose is and how to use it in a beneficial way. The reason why someone chooses to give their children a Christian education is to create a person who will follow the path that God wants them to take. The way that people will learn how to behave or how to be more Christian like will be to study and read the bible as well as to utilize the teachers who are supposed to be guiding them in the correct direction. When a person is knowledgeable about the bible and being Christian, they are able to implement those beliefs into any other subject, including, science, history, art, math, or whatever other subject the children are supposed to be learning.
The Christian philosophy of education also consists of helping children understand what God wants from us and feel it in their hearts. Children are not just supposed to learn something from a book without feeling it, like it is done with all the other textbooks very often. Bartlett, John C. (2007), states, “It is imperative that Christians develop a philosophy of education based on the truth of the Scriptures and a complete understanding of God’s desire that man enter a relationship with him. This philosophy of education is based on two distinct realities: 1) God desires a relationship with every individual; therefore, education must have the purpose to develop and nurture such a relationship. 2) Every individual has a unique purpose in life as defined by God; therefore, education must prepare every student to fulfill their God given purpose.” It is important that a person who says they are Christians knows how to live their life because many others may follow in their footsteps and the purpose might be to teach others how God wants us to live our life.
Implications for Educational Practice
As a School counselor, it is important to understand that everyone is different, and everyone deserves the same respect and love because this is what we have been taught as Christian believers. The implications in being successful as a teacher or a school counselor would be to help students reach their academic goals as well as deal with situation that they have to face in life. Using our knowledge, not only academically but in faith we will be able to support and encourage our students in whatever it is that we have to deal with along with them. While doing this as Christian educators we should keep in mind, how we can guide them in the direction that they will follow the purpose that God has for them whether it is academically or in their personal circumstance.
When we are trying to tell someone that there is a certain way in which we should live our life and we tell them that this is what God would want us to do, we should be an example for them. (Titus 2: 7-8) “Do what is good. Set an example for them in everything. When you teach, be honest and serious. No one can question the truth So teach what is true. Then those who oppose you will be ashamed. That’s because they will have nothing ad to say about us. Our worldview might be living our life to do as God wants us to.” This scripture could not be more accurate, if we want others to live in a way in which we believe it is the correct way we should do the same. It does not matter if our students are looking at us or not, this should be something within our heart, that we know what is right and what is wrong.
The Liberty University Conceptual Frameworks is the best example of what a Christian education is based on. “First, educators must make sure that the student knows the Christian values, moral dimensions, and ethical implications synthesized with academic knowledge. Second, they will teach students the skills as a gift from God, because teaching/leadership is a calling from God. Third, the students must believe and practice personal integrity, social responsibility, sensitivity to the needs of others, and the betterment of humanity.” Educators must understand what a responsibility it is to oversee children and what an important job it is to teach children and they must have the love to do this type of job.
As I have mentioned before educators are called to live a life of good example for others. If we are the ones guiding, we should make sure that they are going in the direction where they are supposed to be heading. Graham states, “As God’s image bearers, Christian teachers are called to reflect the character of our creative redemptive God and to live according to His truth.” The purpose of Christian education is to teach children about the love of God and know that we should try to mirror the actions of God which include, love, peace, forgiveness and acceptance of everyone, just to mention a few. Being Christian does not mean we are perfect, it means we keep trying to do better every day knowing that God forgives us and that we should let everyone around us know this as well.