The ancient observation that inside every person there is a God-shaped vacuum is still true today.
Considering that reality, Seventh-day Adventist educational philosophy recognizes that students might excel in the various areas of academics, but if their souls deeper inner yearning for God is not met, they can never be fulfilled. Only in Christ can peace and joy be truly found.
In light of scriptural emphasis, the school's religion curriculum seeks to bring students into a meaningful relationship with Jesus Christ. Through Christ they are transferred into Gods kingdom, receiving a new perfect status with Him, and experiencing a transformed life.
Having embraced Gods love through Christ, the religion curriculum will help students explore Gods claim on their lives, ever seeking new ways to express their love to Him and others, through the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit.
Without the central focus on a right relationship with God in school life and academic thought, students can easily conclude that God doesnt exist or that He really doesnt matter. The religion curriculum, therefore, seeks to provide for students a spiritual dimension that has immediate and eternal rewards.
In the highest sense, the work of education and the work of redemption are one; for in education, as in redemption, "other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ ." "It was the good pleasure of the Father that in Him should all the fulness dwell."
Education, p. 30
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