One concern that I have, as we await our blessed hope, is how to guide my teenage sons to best prepare for the uncertain future. God saved us for His own glory, and we ought to glorify Him no matter what our walk of life or vocation is. But now more than ever there is a need for hearts willing, and properly trained, to serve the Lord in spreading the gospel. So here is a thought for teen readers and their parents.
Ecclesiastes 12:12 And further, by these, my son, be admonished: of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh.
What was the name of the tree, the fruit of which Eve was tempted and did eat? Genesis 3:1-11 tells us that tree in the midst of the garden was the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Until a person has a grasp of the concept of Good and Evil, (as opposed to just right and wrong), that person is not accountable for their sins. That is why babies go to heaven when they die and why there is a certain “age of accountability” known only to God in each individual, which that person must reach before he or she is held accountable for sin.
It is this lust for knowledge which was the downfall of mankind in the garden, and it would behoove us to consider the possibility that seeking after knowledge can be a futile and even dangerous pursuit, depending on just what type of knowledge you are seeking. “Knowing” something does not even necessarily make it true. Consider Barack Obama and his Ivy League Education. He knows all about social justice and evolution, and though he embraces Islam and claims Christianity, he is really a secular humanist, who embraces the idea that the individual is the ultimate and final authority on what is good and what is evil, what is right and what is wrong, and therefore “all is relative”. Thus, to his thinking, God and the Bible are irrelevant..
So before you or your child goes into several thousand dollars’ worth of student loan debt, and invests several years pursuing knowledge consider whether the knowledge you will gain, is even profitable to begin with. II Timothy 3:16 says all scripture is God-breathed and profitable for rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness. Psalm 119, the longest chapter in the Bible, has a great deal to say about the value of the knowledge contained in God’s law, the scriptures. Check it out!