Blessed are they who desire righteousness rather than achieving their academic goals, for their desire will be fulfilled.
Blessed are the pure in heart who despise the world’s pleasures and entertainments, for they shall see God.
Blessed are the meek who despise the competition in education, business, sports and other aspects of this world, for they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are ye when your fellow students and professors shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their classrooms and college campuses for the Son of man’s sake. Rejoice in that day and leap for joy: for behold your reward is great in heaven, for in like manner did their faculty and UNPD unto the street preachers.
Woe unto you who are successful and have a high GPA, for you have received your education.
Woe unto you that laugh at the preachers who come to your campus and preach truth, for you shall mourn and weep.
Woe unto you when all men shall speak well of your academic achievements and enroll you as an honor student, for so did their fathers to the professors of lies who taught you.
Woe unto you who pay large sums of money to university professors who are ever learning but never coming to a knowledge of the truth. I say unto you that unless your knowledge of Truth exceeds that of your professors and teachers, you shall in no way enter into the kingdom of heaven.
Quit listening to your professor and academic counselor’s words and start listening to Jesus’ words; you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free from your goals and career.
Ye have heard that it hath been said by them of old time, “Do good in school so you can be successful out there in the world.” But I say unto you: what is a man profited if he should gain the whole world but lose his own soul? Or what kind of education and career would a man give in exchange for his soul?
Ye have also heard that it hath said by them of time of old, “Study hard to achieve your academic goals so you can have a career that suits your interests and be happy in life.” But I say unto you: he that loves his life shall lose it and he that hates his life in this world shall save it for life eternal.
Ye have heard that it hath been said, “A high GPA is good because it will help you to stand out among the competition.” But I say unto you: that which is highly esteemed by man is an abomination in the sight of God.
Ye have heard that it hath been said, “You should prepare to be able to compete for the esteemed jobs out there.” But I say unto you: if someone will take the position that you are applying for, give him your retirement benefits as well. For ye know that the chief executives among employees exercise dominion over them, and they that have ascended the corporate ladder have rule over them. But it shall not be so among you; for whosoever will be great among you let him be your minister, and whosoever will be chief among you let him be your servant.
Ye have heard that it hath been said, “A stable career will allow you a secure retirement plan.” But I say unto you: lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, for where your treasure is there your heart will be also. No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate one and love the other, or else he will hold to one and despise the other. Ye cannot serve both God and the University.
Therefore I say unto you, take no thought for your life - what your career will be. Behold the birds of the air: for they do not study and prepare for exams to fill their bird brains with useless knowledge, and yet your heavenly Father has taught them how to survive. And why take ye thought for how the world will see you, to be competitive, and how your résumé will stand out? Consider the lilies of the field how they grow: they do not compete for the better GPA or the best positions in the pastures and in the parks, yet not even the CEO of the big company whose job offer you applied for is arrayed like one of these. Therefore take no thought saying, “Where shall I go to school?” Or, “What shall I study?” Or, “Where shall I be employed?” For after all these things do the Gentiles seek, but your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of none of these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, learn to be content with food and clothing, and it will be added unto you; for godliness with contentment is the greatest education.
Fear not, O undergraduate of little faith! It is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom of heaven. Drop out of school and give your money to the poor rather than the greedy university professor who makes his living off of turning you into twofold more the child of hell than he is himself.
When you see your parents’ disappointment because the goals and expectations they had for you are shattered, remember that if you love father or mother more than Him you are not worthy of Him. And he that taketh not his cross and followeth Him is not worthy of Him. He that findeth his career shall lose it and he that forsakes his career for Jesus’ sake shall find his life. When your friends and family try to persuade you and discourage you from following Jesus in this radical narrow way, remember that a man’s foes shall be they of his own household.
Listen to the words of Jesus saying, “Come follow me,” and say not “Lord I will follow, but first let me finish my bachelor’s degree.” Let the world have the world; you go and preach the kingdom of God.
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“Reason dictates that persons who are truly noble and who love wisdom will honor and love only what is true. They will refuse to follow traditional viewpoints if those viewpoints are worthless...Instead, a person who genuinely loves truth must choose to do and speak what is true, even if he is threatened with death...I have not come to flatter you by this written petition, nor to impress you by my words. I have come to simply beg that you do not pass judgment until you have made an accurate and thorough investigation. Your investigation must be free of prejudice, hearsay, and any desire to please the superstitious crowds. As for us, we are convinced that you can inflict no lasting evil on us. We can only do it to ourselves by proving to be wicked people. You can kill us—but you cannot harm us.” From Justin Martyr's first apology 150 A.D. Martyred A.D. 160