The Goal of Education

Education is costly, and the more something costs the more we should ask about what we are trying to accomplish with the time, effort and money that is invested.

So, what is the goal of education? Knowledge? Socialization? Money?

 “The goal of education is love.” Here is why I concluded that the goal of education is love. I think that no matter what a person's station or position in life they would agree that education can be generally summarized as 1) learning about the world in which we live so 2) that those who are educated can function well in the society in which we live. “Learning about the world in which we live” – is learning to understand the creation which should include an ever expanding appreciation for its origin and how things work in the world. In Christian terms then we understand that education is about knowing the Creator by understand how the things He made work and interrelate. We could call that “loving God.”

“Functioning well in society” is doing what is right which is treating people right. In Christian terms we call that “loving one another.”

Getting a job, having a profession, making money, owning a home, enjoying life are then just the means and by-products of loving God and loving one another.

What caused me to think about the relationship between education and love are the statements found in 1 John 3:14-24:

 We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brethren. He who does not love abides in death. 15 Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer; and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him. 16 We know love by this, that He laid down His life for us; and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. 17 But whoever has the world’s goods, and sees his brother in need and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in him?18 Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth. 19 We will know by this that we are of the truth, and will assure our heart before Him 20 in whatever our heart condemns us; for God is greater than our heart and knows all things. 21 Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God; 22 and whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do the things that are pleasing in His sight.
23 This is His commandment, that we believe in the name of His Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, just as He commanded us. 24 The one who keeps His commandments abides in Him, and He in him. We know by this that He abides in us, by the Spirit whom He has given us.

In this context we find that there is a mutually complementary relationship between knowledge and love.This is what it asserts: The more you know the more you will love. And the more you love the more you know.

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