The entire Bible emphasizes Christian training. The tabernacle had educational significance in its construction and in the worship activities which centered there. Priests stressed the educational element both in the requirements for the offerings and in the procedures followed. The prophets gave their children didactic names and used other educational methods. Jesus was universally addressed as teacher, and all three parts of the Great Commission emphasize teaching. Paul wrote 13 didactic letters, and the New Testament church included teachers as functionaries. So the biblical emphasis on teaching and training is evident. Educational principles deduced from the Bible are of special importance, and in this article we state some of them.
The Individual—A Living Soul
Some time ago a school of psychologists called Behaviorists developed in our nation. They stressed the idea that man is merely a physical organism and his development simply the result of stimulus and response. In other words, man is a material being only and there is no nonphysical element in his makeup. This puts him on the plane of animals and indicates that society can make of him anything it likes. His outcome is determined wholly by environment and conditioning. He is to be trained like any other animal.
The Bible regards man as a living soul. He is person as well as personality. In Genesis 2:7 we are told, “… God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.” So he is both matter and spirit, or body and mind. Therefore he is to be dealt with not just as a physical organism but rather as a self-determining soul possessing both matter and mind. This puts his training on an entirely different ...1
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