The new school year is just around the corner for our family. I’ve been busy trying to tie all the loose ends together, so there hasn’t been much time for blogging. This year, I’m using some curriculum I’ve never used before, so I’m trying to familiarize myself with it before actually using it. I’ve never been a big fan of textbooks, but I decided to go with one to teach science.(one of my weak areas) I started reading this science book from Apologia, and I’m finding it very interesting. In the first chapter, he is discussing the history of science. He talks about Aristotle, who was a very respected and revered man in his day. Aristotle had a belief called “spontaneous generation.” To put it simply, he believed that it was possible that a living organism could be formed from a non-living organism. We know today that this is not true. However, this belief was held onto for over 2,000 years, because it was considered correct, not because of scientific evidence but because of Aristotle’s reputation for being a great scientist.
As I thought about this, I could see a parallel when it comes to doctrinal teachings of the Bible. I have seen people hang onto teachings that were unscriptural because it was taught by someone they greatly respected. We all need people that we can look up to, but when it comes to doctrinal teaching, we must examine it with the Word of God and see if it lines up, no matter who is doing the teaching. I pray that God will always help me to remember this.
Thank you Lord, for speaking to me through a science book. 🙂