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College: The Modern Day Garden of Eden

Most students spend their first 18 years raised by a parent, guardian or in the best case scenario, by both parents.  While they may not be written down, students are taught a set of expectations, morals and values to follow as long as they live in their parents’ home.  As each matures at their own pace, students develop their own worldview which they take with them to college.

Once students enter their college dorm or apartment, they have freewill to behave as they wish, go to class or not, party or study and choose the friends that most reflect their worldview.  Unfortunately, Adam and Eve’s decision to disobey God in the Garden of Eden, Genesis 3, has led humanity down the same path of deception.  Except the apple has been replaced by sex, mood altering drugs, unrestrained fun and material possessions as modern day trees of knowledge.

When students attend class, they face a modern day serpent.  Atheist, Marxist and Socialist professors are challenging the worldviews students bring to college.  Often, these professors single out Christians or assault the Bible and God’s character and nature.  This is done by following the serpent’s strategy in Genesis 3:5.  “Did God really say?  Does the Bible really say?  Or God is holding you back, not wanting you to know both good and evil!”

This is when students have to know how to use the Sword of the Spirit to fight back, Hebrews 4:12.  According to Genesis 3:7, Adam was right there with Eve, listening to the serpent’s deception, failing to demonstrate any leadership to intercede on her behalf, Romans 5:12-14.  Therefore, as you enter college or are already attending, make sure you surround yourself with at least one godly person.  “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another, Proverbs 27:17.”  Stay together, stand firm, meditate on God’s word and prayer for divine intervention and protection, Ecclesiastes 4:12.

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