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Should Christians go to secular Colleges? Why, or why not? Was anyone in the Bible educated by a secular institution?

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 ---j._nonymous on 12/7/07
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#3 Carol: Finally, Christianity is superior because Christ and His example is superior. Science does not offer the example of Christ. Science is only part of the grand scheme of things but if we were to live according to science it would have us exterminating the weak so we don't proliferate weakness. By itself science reduces us to savage animals. Yet Christ calls us to take care of the weak, an idea which is only prevalent among humans.
---j._nonymous on 2/4/08

#2 Carol: Also, I have examined both other major religions, and many secular ideas, before I got saved, and after, and I have come to this conclusion: Christianity is AT LEAST as good as any other belief in that all of them (including science) take an element of faith to subscribe to. I think it was in God's grand design that reason and rationale fail at some point, and at that point, faith makes the pieces fit.
---j._nonymous on 2/4/08

#1 Carol: I think God is big enough to keep us. If college is enough to cause disbelief in Christ, I would question the walk of that believer in the first place. By the way, I think Church can be just as dangerous a place with all that's being taught now.
---j._nonymous on 2/4/08

Secular collegss are of the world and are unhealthy and will tear apart your children from their faith. They are hot beds of unhealthy man made philosophy like evolution and atheistic lifestyle. "You pay for it now and later" as our pastor says.
---Carol on 1/24/08

J: Keeping people ignorant was how the slave masters kept their slaves in line. Slaves were denied an education so that they could be more controllable. This was perpetuated throughout US history until the mid 1950s, when the Supreme Court ruled that African American children were entitled to the same quality education as the white children. Keeping people ignorant keeps them under the thumbs of the those in power.
---Trish9863 on 12/11/07

Trish9863: I agree. I grew up going to a Church like that and I always had this conflict until I just stepped out and did it. I think keeping people ignorant is a great way to control them. The Church I go to now is not that way. The people are encouraged to sort that out with God and that God has different plans for everyone. Who can know those plans except for God and the individual? Thanks for the response.
---j._nonymous on 12/11/07

J.Nonymous: Find another preacher. My children, my husband and I have all gone to secular colleges and find that there is nothing wrong with pursuing higher education. These preachers, you describe, would prefer to live in ignorance, and perpetuate such with their congregants.
---Trish9863 on 12/10/07

Caring: Even in grade school they teach there is no such thing as a silly question. FYI, I am addressing an issue with my question. The issue? That many preachers (to whom I've been exposed) repeat this sentiment: "You don't have to go to college to be used by God". Though this is true, when repeated often enough it sounds like "don't go to college". What if it's in God's will for one to do so?

Also, I am an English major going on my 3rd year, thank you very much.

---j._nonymous on 12/10/07

I think the original poster needs to go to College for asking such a silly question.
---Caring on 12/9/07

**That is black and white thinking, which is extreme.**

Black and white thinking seems to be par for the course for many people on these blogs.
---Jack on 12/7/07

Why should an adult Christian NOT go to a secular college? State owned colleges offer a degree at almost half the cost of the private colleges.

Your thinking is black and white. People should get their education where they believe it is best for them. My Bachelors was from a state college. My Masters was from a state affiliated university. Most of my other grad credits were from state owned universities, except 6 credits are from a Catholic university.
---Trish9863 on 12/7/07

There is nothing wrong with going to college to gain an education for a career.

Wisdom and knowledge for ministry should come forth from the Holy Ghost.
Four years of college cannot begin to prepare a man to pastor a flock.
Joseph was bound about 18 years.
Moses took about 40.
---Frank on 12/7/07

There is nothing wrong with a person wanting to further their education on the bible. But a person should not go to college to become a Preacher/Paster/Evangelist, etc. Because only God can call a person to preach. If they are not called by God to preach, they shouldn't try to preach.
---Rebecca_D on 12/7/07

You're going to get very different views on this question, and I personally am of the belief that either secular or Christian colleges can be both fruitful and harmful, and is highly dependent on the individual and the choices they make while in the institution.
---kady on 12/7/07

St. Paul was. Where else would he have gotten his knowledge of Greek language and literature?

How about St. Luke? He was a Gentile--and medical schools were radically connected with pagan temples.
---Jack on 12/7/07

That is black and white thinking, which is extreme.
---lovable_linda on 12/7/07

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