Education 2000 years ago
2000 years ago, the educated persons of the moment were the scribes, teachers of the law, pharisees, elders.
Their education doesn't help to much to recognize the person of God, to understand His wisdom, the words of the Truth.
They used their education to face Him, to judge Him, to accuse Him.
Actually, in most cases the education became blindness.
Luke 9:22 And he said, "The Son of Man must suffer many things and be
rejected by the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law, and he
must be killed and on the third day be raised to life."
Luke 5:21 The Pharisees and the teachers of the law began thinking to
themselves, "Who is this fellow who speaks blasphemy? Who can forgive
sins but God alone?"
Luke 19:47 Every day he was teaching at the temple. But the chief
priests, the teachers of the law and the leaders among the people were
trying to kill him
Mark 1:22 The people were amazed at his teaching, because he taught
them as one who had authority, not as the teachers of the law
Matthew 5:20 For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses
that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly
not enter the kingdom of heaven.
Matthew 23:2 "The teachers of the law and the Pharisees sit in Moses'
Matthew 23:13-15 “But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites,
because you shut off the kingdom of heaven from people; for you do not
enter in yourselves, nor do you allow those who are entering to go in.
[“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, because you devour
widows’ houses, and for a pretense you make long prayers; therefore
you will receive greater condemnation.] “Woe to you, scribes and
Pharisees, hypocrites, because you travel around on sea and land to
make one proselyte; and when he becomes one, you make him twice as
much a son of hell as yourselves.
Actually, His wisdom attracted simple and humble people, not so educated or uneducated.
Fishermans, householders, poor people, or people without hope, beggars, handicapped, people rejected by society always followed Him, and children.
It seems that God likes more the moves of the heart rather than the moves of the mind
Luke 10:21 At that time Jesus, full of joy through the Holy Spirit,
said, "I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you
have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them
to little children. Yes, Father, for this was your good pleasure.
The schools of today society is completely out of scope, atheistic, materialistic, destructive for the souls, and distractive from the real purpose of the life: salvation of the soul.
A lot of garbage is deposited in the soul of child as knowledge, by schools, today.
Studying civilization, art, culture doesn't help to gain a virtuous life.
Superior schools cultivate inteligence not wisdom fo life.
In one word, the education is pride.
The blidness of pride which comes by education is: "I know ... ", "I can ...", "I want ..."
John 9:39-41 And Jesus said, “For judgment I came into this world, so
that those who do not see may see, and that those who see may become
blind.” Those of the Pharisees who were with Him heard these things
and said to Him, “We are not blind too, are we?” Jesus said to them,
“If you were blind, you would have no sin; but since you say, ‘We
see,’ your sin remains.
Luke 12:11-12 “When they bring you before the synagogues and the
rulers and the authorities, do not worry about how or what you are to
speak in your defense, or what you are to say; for the Holy Spirit
will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say.”
Because we pretend on this site that we are educated, thanks for downvotes ?! :)
Backup (resources and attitude)
Appended to @Wax Eagle's request from the comments:
I'd like to see some backup for that first paragraph of the
"education now" section. It seems incredibly biased with no real
backup. (wax eagle)
In Holy Tradition of Orthodoxy, it is known a prophecy of Great Abba Ishirion.
He was asked by someone: What did we work?
He answered: We worked the words of God!
Was asked again: But the ones after us, what would they do?
Abba Ishirion answered: They will come at half of our work.
And again: But the ones after these?
Abba replied: Those ones will have nothing to work, but to them will
come the temptation. And those ones that will be found enlightened in
that time, will be more high than us and more high than our parents.
(translated by me - can be erroneous)
Holy Fathers of Orthodoxy they not just read the Scriptures and made text analysis. They left their secular life completely and went into deserts or wild places to work all the words of the God, all their life (John 12:25, Matthew 10:37) to became disciples of Jesus Christ (Luke 14:26), to write the Scriptures in their heart with Holy Spirit (2 Corinthians 3:2-3, Jeremiah 31:33). And all their results, fruits, they transmitted to the next generations through the disciples, and these ones continued their work and enriched with new meanings. In this way, the scriptures were interpreted and understood with their life, with sweat and blood, and Holy Tradition recorded everything from the time of apostles until the present day from them.
In this light can be understood what Abba Ishirion said. He said that old parents worked hard for their "fruits". And the next generations worked at half, by reusing experience of the ancestors, to continue the other part of the ancestor's way, by keeping everything they received from their fruits. And then, the last generations in the last days (of the world), will not be necessarily to work anything similar to their parents, because they will have the entire experience of the ancestors and they will use to fight and to resist to the temptations, these temptations being more intense than ever. And the reward of those ones who succeed will be also bigger than ever (John 14:2). This is the meaning of the:
Matthew 20:16 “So the last shall be first, and the first last.”
This recorded experience is not only an anatomy of the soul, a soul transformed by sins or lusts, under influence of various spirits, also discovers ways to fight against them and against evil to become sinless, and in the end to receive His supreme gift, the Holy Spirit (http://tzarlazar.tripod.com/lazar04.htm). This is what is missing from Christian's schools or seminaries, this wisdom is endangered being replaced currently with weak, stupid and useless teachings.
Orthodox saint Seraphim of Sarov, as temple of Holy Spirit, explained how to understand the parable of the virgins:
But the first, God's all-saving will, consists in doing good solely to
acquire the Holy Spirit, as an eternal, inexhaustible treasure which
cannot be rightly valued. The acquisition of the Holy Spirit is, so to
say, the oil which the foolish virgins lacked. They were called
foolish just because they had forgotten the necessary fruit of virtue,
the grace of the Holy Spirit, without which no one is or can be saved,
for: 'Every soul is quickened by the Holy Spirit and exalted by purity
and mystically illumined by the Trinal Unity.'
"This is the oil in the lamps of the wise virgins which could burn
long and brightly, and these virgins with their burning lamps were
able to meet the Bridegroom, Who came at midnight, and could enter the
bridechamber of joy with Him. But the foolish ones, though they went
to market to buy some oil when they saw their lamps going out, were
unable to return in time, for the door was already shut. The market is
our life; the door of the bridechamber which was shut and which barred
the way to the Bridegroom is human death; the wise and foolish virgins
are Christian souls; the oil is not good deeds but the grace of the
All-Holy Spirit of God which is obtained through them and which
changes souls from one state to another—that is, from corruption to
incorruption, from spiritual death to spiritual life, from darkness to
light, from the stable of our being (where the passions are tied up
like dumb animals and wild beasts) into a Temple of the Divinity, into
the shining bridechamber of eternal joy in Christ Jesus our Lord, the
Creator and Redeemer and eternal Bridegroom of our souls.
(excerpt from St. Seraphim of Sarov's Conversation With Nicholas Motovilov)
So even if the secular education and the contemporary society became more antichristic, day by day, these are just reasons to make worthy of God's kingdom.
(II Thessalonians 1:5) This is a plain indication of God’s righteous
judgment so that you will be considered worthy of the kingdom of God,
for which indeed you are suffering.
A society without God, founded on depravity and pride (pride from cult of personality - ego, or having careers with any cost, or continuous running for material lusts, ...), a Christian can use this society as an arena, where the soul can superbly act out its dramatic role aganist the temptations bigger than ever. In a soul where pride is big, the humility can be bigger, where the sin is deep till the bone, the repentence can be till the spinal of the bone. The network projected in soul to accumulate the pride to be readjusted to find proper ways to gain Kingdom of Heaven.