Education is a blessed standard in American society. We are fortunate in that regard. Our knowledge of the universe continues to expand, although some have gone done a path that deceives them such as evolutionists. It makes you wonder how we attain an understanding of anything. The central theme is that teachers use examples that we can observe or imagine in our minds. This is a biblical principle found throughout the Bible. We are given models for every aspect of our lives, good and bad, and I want to elaborate on these things.
If you take a look at everyday life and how we become adults, you see the examples everywhere. Our parents are by far the most influential examples and we tend to model ourselves around the principles they stand for generally. It is almost a certainty if they are doing all the right things as parents, but take for instance parents who abuse their kids or do not support them the way they should. That gives the child an example of what not to do as a parent. Think about the people you call friends. Those are probably the next most influential components of your life. The friends you choose in your teens and early adulthood can determine the kinds of decisions you make in life for better or worse. Finally I would say that culture and sub cultures you are a part of are examples. Your religious affiliation will become the heaviest influential example once you are fully matured I would say when it comes to developing a knowledge of morality. Other aspects would include celebrities and the rest of the media industries. Again there are good and bad examples. Most of the mainstream focus on money, sex, or drugs. However, there are wholesome role models to embrace.
You see the ways we develop moral knowledge, now think of the way examples are employed in the objective studies of education. You are in a classroom and the teacher brings up a new topic that you have no idea about. She begins to describe it, then uses examples to give you the details. To solidify the understanding, she assigns homework which consists of many examples. That is the traditional method for how we learn about any subject material in school.
Now let’s see the Biblical foundation. The Word of God contains examples of historical accounts and Christian principles explained using parables or hypotheticals. If you look at the Proverbs written by the wisest man to ever live, it is basically a massive amount of moral truths defined by hypotheticals. It does not refer to any specific person. Each verse is referring to a man or woman in general and how he or she should act. The Proverbs cover pretty much all righteous lifestyle choices that we should make in life. The laws written in the Torah were produced by God to give us a standard to live up to. If anyone was to follow the 10 commandments or the nearly 640 Jewish laws, they would be living a virtually perfect lifestyle. Obviously we are 100% unable to do that because we are imperfect beings which is why the Lord sent His son as a sacrifice to offer us salvation. Thus a new covenant or example was established for us. Jesus is, was, and always will be the greatest example for us. Even the King of Kings used parables to teach us.
By accepting Jesus as our Lord and Savior and living by his example, we have become examples ourselves to teach to those who do not possess the greatest truth of life. The New Testament emphasizes this fact many times. We still mess up sometimes, myself included, but we can and should progress towards living the way the Lord intended for us.
Matthew 13:10-11 And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables? He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.
1 Peter 2:21 For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps.
Matthew 5:16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.