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April 11, 2011

Small Candle…Small Puff

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Small Candle…Small Puff.
by Dick Hunt, April 10th, 2011.

Watching an ad on TV yesterday, I  saw a young girl blowing out the candles on a birthday cake.  She was around ten years of age.  It took her two puffs to extinguish  the little flames.  No reflection on the young girl. There was no contest. But it did give me a look at how little faith requires little puff to put out the liitle flame of commitment of such a great number of people. I know  various people who have been well taught in both Churches and family units and given a good deal of instruction in the Scriptures and in prayer, morals and ethics,  who as they move out into society lose it all.  It is well known that when young people are immersed in the folds of modern education, they quickly meet hostility to the Christian faith and  the teaching of ethics and morals.  Unless they have been well nurtured in the Christian  Faith, the difference between right and wrong, truth and falsehood, they are an easy mark for the authority figures of teachers and their elder student peers. When they get to University the atmosphere is still more challenging and hostile to the truths of the Christian faith and morals of yesteryear.
Early in the 20th century a man named John Dewey set out to erase faith, morals, ethics, the difference between right and wrong from the education system of  North America and parts of Europe, and he very nearly made a clean sweep.  He did it by getting control of the major teacher training center in Columbia University Teachers College, skilfully administered by Dewey’s senior lieutenant in the revolution, W. H. Kilpatrick”.  The teachers bought it, hook, line and sinker and the education authorities in Canada bought it too.  Our education system has never recovered since. Dewey and his friends were atheists  and were determined to stamp out the Christian faith, the knowledge of right and wrong and all that had made this western world strong to serve and worship God.  He very nearly succeeded.
I have several copies of a 39 page essay** written by historian Ted Byfield who lives in Edmonton. He edited the Alberta History series and is now the General Editor of the 12 volume History, just called “The Christians”.  I am now reading volume nine of these beautiful books, with glossy paper, colored prints and excellent researchers. My information about John Dewey comes from Ted’s Essay, entitled, “Why History Matters And Why Christian History Matters In  Particular”.  It is a wonderful read and I strongly commend it to any who want to know the truth of the matters I raise in this paper.  **I will LOAN them to people.

Dewey nearly wiped out all teaching about good and evil, in the school system, saying there is no truth and no good and no evil and that all people should simply learn how to fit into society and serve the community, all opinions being equally correct which fit into the life of the community.  There should be no exams, no right answers, no wrong answers.  He went on and on and to get the coveted teaching certificates from Columbia University, student teachers had to lap it up and pass it along to the pupils under their care.  That control , having been drummed into the teachers is still being drummed into the students of today in Secular Schools.

The only way to fight the problem is to work from the inside to right the wrong that has been thrust upon us for so many years, to stand up for the truth, to teach and share the Gospel wherever it is possible to get the attention of the people who are hurting so much from the teaching of lies for so long.  The Truth is in Christ, who said of himself,  “I am the way, the truth and the life, no-one comes to the Father except through me”.  Jesus also said, “I and the Father are one…”. John chapter14 is very sound teaching on the person  of Jesus Christ, who was born into the world to show us the Father and who wills nothing less than to take us home to heaven when we have lived out our life on this planet. He died for us to show us what real love is.  Choose life in Christ, not death.

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