In the philosophy of Christian Education, the basic presupposition is the fact of the personal-infinite God as we find Him revealed in the infallible Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments. This presupposition leads to the teaching of facts concerning the universe as God-created facts and not neutral, and to the study of mankind as created in the image of God but fallen into the abnormal condition of sin.
Not only has our human rebellion against God influenced our every action, but it has also made the intellect prone to error in the interpretation of the facts, and thus has affected the educational process.
The solution to this problem for each individual is in the receiving of Jesus Christ, God's Son, as Lord and Savior, and the renewal of spiritual life that results there from. Then the eyes of the mind begin to be opened to the permanent truth of the Christian Faith and its implications in the study of the world around, and the Christian begins to understand his commitment to the Lordship of Christ in every area of life. This becomes the basis within the student for Christian education, without which the aims of Christian education cannot be properly realized.
- The Bible as the infallible word of God is the foundation of a Christian world and life view.
- The gospel of Christ is the basis for a personal relationship with God.
- The person and work of Christ include as true His virgin birth, supernatural miracles, bodily resurrection, substitutionary atonement and second coming.
- The revelation of God as found in the world and in mankind is not contradictory to the revelation of God in the Bible and these two revelations are to be brought together in the educational process.
- Non-Christian theories are not to be ignored, but rather are to be analyzed in the light of Scripture.
- to relate each area of study to a Christian world and life view based on Scripture
- to develop an integral view of life which avoids putting different areas of study into separate compartments
- to encourage the fullest possible development of physical, mental, emotional and social capacities of each individual student to the glory of God
- to encourage students to find and commit themselves to that responsible place in life to which the Lord has called them. It is also of importance to enable students to fully enjoy God and His creation.
- The student's personal relationship with God as well as his or her academic knowledge is of vital concern in the process of Christian education, and these two areas are to be integrated.
- Qualities which help in the educational process and which fit the student for life such as responsibility, independence, cooperation, creativity, discipline and honesty are to encouraged.
- The student must be guided in understanding the relationship between learning and its practical application.
- A Scriptural system of ethics is to be taught.
- The application of discipline to children is a Scriptural concept which is to be applied in love.
- The individual differences in children are to be recognized and compensated for whenever possible.
According to the Scripture, the responsibility for the education of children lies primarily with the parents. The Christian School stands in place of the parents to accomplish part of that education, but overall responsibility remains in the hands of the parents. This parental responsibility is especially significant in the development of the child with respect to his personal relationship to God, religious activities and general attitudes. Cooperation between the home and the school is essential.
When God created people, He commanded them to subdue and develop the earth for the glory of God. This command is to be taught in such a way as to show that there are many paths of service in this life to the glory of God. The student must be helped to apply the principles of Scripture in choosing a vocation.
The responsibilities of citizenship in our state and nation are to be taught, along with an appreciation and evaluation of the culture in which we live. The separation of the Christian in thought and action from the sinful world as found in our present culture is to be taught according to Scripture.
Evangelization and the teaching of doctrine are primarily the province of home and church. However, these should not be ignored which they are relevant to teaching in the Christian School. Student attendance and membership in a local church and Sunday School are to be encouraged. The challenge and responsibility to spread the gospel at home and abroad should have a prominent place in the school instruction.