how to study the Bible requires knowing about yourself and the act of learning
itself. In other words, we need
to learn about learning. Look at the following facts about learning to
understand the process better.
WHAT LEARNING IS
a process of growth and development. As
a person grows physically, learning changes with the physical gain. Development in learning means that a person adds to the
growth he or she experiences and then quality comes to life. Learning involves
not only a person’s mind, but rather learning captures the whole person
since it is vital to life itself.
Learning is a complex event that involves a person's thoughts, emotions,
attitudes, assumptions, perspectives and interpretations, physical responses,
health condition, genetic endowments, mental abilities that are all in
orchestration with one another in one event. Since
the whole person is involved, the spirit, soul and the body play a part in
Learning in the Christian outlook is the discovery of God, His word and how
life is affected by that discovery. Learning
from this perspective is spiritual in nature at every level. The end of learning is for every person to come into the
presence of God, experience His righteousness that causes the human heart to
change from selfish conceit and self-willed living to selfless denial that
rises to grasp onto the sufficiency of God.
Once discovering God’s
sufficiency, humble submission to God’s will brings a change in thought
patterns from hate for everything that is right, pure and holy to a undying
adoration toward everything God reveals of His nature.
This humility brings the human heart to respond in conviction sparked
by the very voice of God expressed on the tongue of God’s messenger or in
the pages of the scriptures. Obedience, motivated by an awestruck spirit, leads the
changed individual to mature in character, ethics, thinking, emotions and
behavior that is keenly directed toward an all-consuming commitment to God—even
in the face of persecution or physical death.
THE PROCESS OF LEARNING. (Note--no order was intended)
©2001 Thomas L. Reed II
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