Roots of our educational institutions were based on faith in God

Published 8:36 am Friday, May 24, 2024

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From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham


Dear Rev. Graham: My son was highly honored to be awarded a full scholarship to one of our nation’s most prestigious universities. He’s been shocked to see firsthand the diabolical agenda of many of the professors – preventing students from disagreeing and standing on the fact that America was founded on godly principles. What has happened to our education system in America? No wonder our country’s education rankings are falling behind the rest of the world. This is shameful! – E.A.

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Dear E.A.: The roots of our educational institutions were based on faith in God. Harvard University, as an example, was founded in 1636. In John Harvard’s bequest to the school, he left several rules and precepts that were to be observed by the college bearing his name. The second rule states:

“Let every student be plainly instructed and earnestly pressed to consider well the main end of [his/her] life and studies is to know God and Jesus Christ which is eternal life.”

Mr. Harvard wanted higher education to be a place where people would come to study the Bible, and he was not alone. Dartmouth College was founded by an ordained clergyman with a desire to establish a school where [students] could be trained in the truth of the Gospel. Yale and Columbia (King’s College) Universities had similar foundations. What happened? People grew complacent and thought they did not need God anymore. This is the story of the human race. We want God to bless us, but we don’t want to honor Him.

Much of the world in search of knowledge ignores God. Young people graduate with more knowledge than ever before, but in spite of it, they are confused and bewildered. “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge” (Proverbs 1:7, NKJV).


(This column is based on the words and writings of the late Rev. Billy Graham.)