We need to have good teaching. Mark 1:22 shows us that Christ came teaching, as we read: (NKJV)
“And they were astonished at His teaching, for He taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.”
There are many verses that show He was teaching the people, and not like the scribes had taught. They were teaching falsely.
Christ also preached the Gospel. There is a difference between teaching and preaching, and if we look at Strong’s Concordance, we see that teach comes from the Greek word didasko. The word for preach comes from kerusso.
Kerusso means “to herald (as a public crier), especially divine truth (the gospel): preach, proclaim, publish”, and didasko means “prolonged teaching”.
The Gospel needs to be preached by God’s people to the world, to the unconverted, to convict them. But once a person is converted, they need more teaching.
Some people get paid to be teachers, some do it voluntarily, some do it as part of the Church, some do it as parents to their children, or some people teach by example.
For those who have worked in teaching, there are always times that it is difficult, and there are students who mess around or really don’t want to learn. Then there are the good times when students learn something and appreciate it and are made better by something they just learnt.
Not all teaching is the same though. Teaching in schools is done a certain way, and in the main, most people get taught in a way that teaches them facts and figures, how to do calculations or spell words, how to recite something or memorise things.
Whether or not you have ever worked as a teacher, if you are a Christian, then you need to prepare to be a teacher. In the world tomorrow, the utopian world that will exist after Christ returns, there will be millions of people who need to be taught. And God is not going to leave it all to the physical people who will still be around.
Instead, God wants true Christians to be the teachers in the Kingdom of God. We, as perfect spirit beings in the God Family, will be ideally suited to teach the people who live then.
But in today’s world the way things are taught is far from perfect. The modern school system is based on a Prussian military schooling system from the early 18th century, used in a lot of schools today.
The Prussian education system was a way to instil absolute obedience and uniformity in the students under the guise of education. What the students wanted and thought was irrelevant — this system was there to teach them minimal literacy and indoctrinate them into believing in the infallibility of the supreme authority, specifically Prussian King Fredrick William I at the time. The end result was a useful generic worker, readily replaceable and dispensable.
Teachers acted as surrogate parents who had no mercy for the child and punished all mistakes ruthlessly for the purposes of destroying trust and instilling fear. The curriculum consisted of rote reading, writing, and memorisation assignments that were meant to destroy the creativity and spontaneity.
The grades themselves also weren’t used to measure the child’s knowledge, but rather the level of its obedience — the worst grade implied the child was rebellious and refused to follow given methods rather than being stupid or inattentive.
The highly structured layout of the classroom meant pupils were disconnected from one another and easily monitored, which again emphasized the atmosphere of distrust. Even the school bell, used to mark the end and the beginning of each lesson, can be easily recognised as a conditioning method. Consider the example of Pavlov’s dog, which I recommend you read up about if you do not know it.
The tragedy of the Prussian education system is that it continues to churn out uniform, creatively-stunted workers who are ideal for an 18th century Prussian labour market which no longer exists. People are still programmed to follow a false system.
A nation’s economy relies on having a steady supply of creative people who take risks, rather than churning out clones in a factory production line. Just listen to any successful business person, such as Robert Kiyosaki, author of Rich Dad, Poor Dad, and they will tell you that real education comes from elsewhere, not from today’s schools.
Schools continue to get children to be obedient to a system that bears no relevance to today’s marketplace. Children need to be taught important relevant things like how to manage their finances, how to use banks, how to run a business, how to sell and do marketing, and how to do other practical things.
Not every student needs to learn everything, as they are given the chance to specialise at a certain age. But the subjects need to be relevant to today’s world.
There will always be a need for sciences and academic subjects, and it’s not wrong to teach those things. Most people today would agree that their schooling contained little that prepared them for adult life.
Some schools already have more relevant subjects on offer, but are they teaching things in a way that benefits students the most? And do they teach real values and spiritual things that people really need to be able to live their lives better?
For those who read the Bible or other educational Christian literature, we can get some good teachings that way. But to learn properly, you need to really apply what you learn, and discover the truth about the things you learn.
There are many online courses now as well that you can take, so long as they are useful then you might want to do them. Some are free, some cost money. It is important to not stop learning. Once you stop learning, you will lose what you already know.
I remember an example of an old couple I knew, who said that they stopped learning when they left school, and were totally unwilling to learn new things. They decided to keep lots of cash in their home, being ignorant of finances and how to properly invest money. One day some con-artists came to their door, and tricked them out of most of their money. Uneducated people are most at risk of being taken advantaged of, and for losing money.
Getting good teachings from the right places is important to keep yourself safe from things you would otherwise not understand. The more knowledge and understanding that you have, the harder it will be to fall foul of tricks and con-artists, and to be deceived or tricked. Even governments and the mainstream media can trick you if you are not educated.
When it comes to investing, 90% of investors lose 90% of their investment within the first 90 days, because they did not get a good education first.
But there are still people who are learning, such as doing courses, but never really learn anything useful. They are millions of online courses, many online Bibles, but some people never take advantage of those resources.
Look at 2 Timothy 3:1–2, 7 (NKJV):
“But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy … always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.”
The Bible predicted what would happen in the end times. People love themselves and so on, but they are also always learning, but never learning the most important things — such as the truth of God.
So not only do we have, in the Western world, an educational system that is not entirely relevant, but it completely misses out the spiritual learning that people so desperately need.
All those who receive the Holy Spirit in this life will be resurrected at Christ’s return and become a part of the Kingdom of God. Those people who live on into the Millennium as physical human beings will need to be taught. And they will have children who will need to be taught. We who are part of God’s Church will be the teachers in the Kingdom of God.
We read in Isaiah 30:20–21 (NKJV) what God says to the physical students of the Millennium:
“And though the Lord gives you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, yet your teachers will not be moved into a corner anymore, but your eyes shall see your teachers. Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, ‘This is the way, walk in it,’ whenever you turn to the right hand or whenever you turn to the left.”
People will still be tested in the future, and have trials. But they will have the best teachers, and as their teachers we shall guide them and tell them the right things to do, because they will at times make mistakes and need help.
As a teacher of God, it is important to know what you are teaching. Some people say that the best way to learn something is to teach it. That requires you learn it first yourself, thoroughly, and then you can teach others. The more you teach it, the more it becomes a part of you. Some people say if you do something for 10,000 hours, then it becomes second nature. That applies to learning the truth of the Bible, and helping teach it to others.
So long as you are teaching the right things and have not got anything wrong, then when you teach others you will benefit from it too.
All in the Church can benefit from each other, we can all be teachers, now. We can teach by example, we can share knowledge and information with each other. So long as you avoid things that are fake news.
We need to educate ourselves now to prepare for our future roles as teachers. We should be studying now, reading books and articles and so on, studying the Bible to learn and then apply what we learn, putting things into practice.
Our experiences in life will also make us good teachers in the future. We can teach people in the world tomorrow what we went through — some of the same things that other people will go through, with empathy for their situations.
We go through trials in this life as well, and we should be learning from those.
Whatever we do in this life, the important things are to prepare for the Kingdom of God, which is more than just marrying Jesus Christ, but to prepare to be kings, priests, and teachers in the Kingdom.
In Matthew 5:19 (NKJV) Christ tells us:
“Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.”
We shall be teaching the Commandments of God. And we can teach them now, including by the way we live and the example we set. The laws of God will be taught in the Millennium to all people.
Look at Isaiah 2:3 (NKJV) to finish with, which shows what happens in the future:
“Many people shall come and say, ‘Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, To the house of the God of Jacob; He will teach us His ways, And we shall walk in His paths.’ For out of Zion shall go forth the law, And the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.”
God and His Family will teach the people His laws. Let us learn the ways of God now so that we can have our part in teaching them in the future.