Common Sense vs. Christian Perspectives #1
“Despite our very best efforts, despite our tears and prayers, children can still rebel against God. As always our primary need is to turn to the Bible, which has the power to change lives.” – link
How can you know the Bible is powerful if it can’t even keep your kids from going to hell after having it crammed into their heads year after year for their entire childhood? That isn’t very powerful at all. Maybe the very fact that they can listen to the Bible for so long and never truly experience any power is good evidence to them that what you are teaching about the Bible’s power is bullshit.
In fact, if you cram Mein Kampf into a childs head for year after year it can make him or her turn into a Nazi! Wow, that is true power.
- Cram Mein Kampf: child will probably turn into a Nazi or socialist of some sort. Maybe he will be a liberal Nazi or maybe – horror! – he will reject Nazism altogether.
- Cram Bible: child will probably turn into a Christian of some sort. Maybe he will turn into a liberal Christian or maybe – horror! – he will reject Christianity altogether.
Wow, God’s power looks a lot like psychology, statistics, and brainwashing in action.
Conclusion: the Bible is no different in power than Mein Kampf.
Why not just say that people who believe things act on those beliefs? And if they do not believe they won’t act on it. And if they don’t believe them, maybe they have good reason to reject it. And you need to address those reasons, which means learning how to think properly by using reason on everything, not just teach them to use reason when it comes to everything except for the Bible. I mean, seriously, “think Biblically” basically means to use reason in every area of life except for things of faith. Your kids see this discrepancy and go “wow, you guys are hypocrites”.
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