Faith Destroyed in a Religion Class
Just the other day I was speaking with someone who was burdened about the effects college had on a young person they knew. Here was yet another young person who was faithful to church through childhood but became a casualty in college. The student responded that the professor of the World Religion class had showed her the truth about life. She realized that she did not need grandma & grandpa’s Bible anymore. It was irrelevant for our day and time and that this professor had showed her the truth. Here on a college campus in America a professor in the religion department destroyed the faith of a student. How backwards is that? In this class the young ladie’s faith was brought into the crosshairs of a battle much bigger than we could ever imagine.
Again, it a the battle for the minds of our young people. II Corinthians 4:3-4 says, “But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.”
What could have made the difference in this student’s life to keep her from becoming a casualty?
She needed to be equipped to defend her faith. She needed to know what she believed, why she believed it, and where to find it at in the Bible. She needed to be trained and equipped to defend her faith before she walked onto a college campus. Parents, Pastors, and Youth pastors must see the detriment that can come and begin introducing apologetics into their teaching, preaching, and curriculum. Youth group must not be just a social club to entertain youth. It must be the training ground to equip young people to face the battle for their minds. The world has many logical reasons why people should believe their way so we must have the same amount of logical reasons if not more. Apologetics is a necessary tool to fight with in this battle of reaching college students for Christ.
I was told by the chair of the religion department at one university that the department was comprised of professors from complete atheists to some who were considered born-again Christians. That is very concerning! Knowing this we must also help students understand that just because they are taking a religious class or even a class on Christianity it does not guarantee that the professor will be a believer and that the class will be taught from a truthful perspective and correct world-view.