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Useful or harmful, good or evil?

by | Jan 21, 2020 | Bible, Choices, Christianity | 0 comments

Read: 2 Timothy 3:16

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,

Reflect:

“Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance. The only thing it cannot be is moderately important.” – CS Lewis

This morning I listened to a podcast describing how one person suggested that teaching children about God is essentially a form of child abuse. Why? This writer maintained that it is harmful to indoctrinate our kids into a religious faith, but the Bible tells a very different story. In the book of Deuteronomy, parents are charged with teaching their offspring about God and how their lives should honor Him. They were to teach them at home and when they traveled, when they got up in the morning and when they rested at night.

The real issue raised by the quote is one of faith. The author of the post sees Christianity as false and openly rejects the teachings of the Bible. She has every right to believe what she wants, but why go on the offensive to those parents who disagree?

If the Bible is true, we do a disservice (to say the least) for our children if we neglect to teach them. Paul saw the value of Scripture when he spoke with Timothy, encouraging the younger man to “continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of because you know those from whom you learned it,  and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus” (2 Timothy 4:14-15).

In context, it is those verses that lead to Paul’s claim that “all Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.”

Respond:

So, it all comes down to a matter of belief, doesn’t it? While our choice does not validate the Bible one way or the other, our choice to make the Bible our authority is a lasting good choice.

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