C.H. Spurgeon

Sinners, let me address you with words of life; Jesus wants nothing from you, nothing whatsoever, nothing done, nothing felt; he gives both work and feeling. Ragged, penniless, just as you are, lost, forsaken, desolate, with no good feelings, and no good hopes, still Jesus comes to you, and in these words of pity he addresses you, "Him that cometh unto me I will in no wise cast out."

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Friday, May 11, 2007

Graduation to Deviation

The school year is almost over and thousands of young adults will be graduating high school across the United States. Many will go to college, numerous to the military, others to jobs, and some haven’t really decided what to do yet.

As a child grows the parents have/had the responsibility to instruct, discipline, and love that child to the best of their ability. Some are/were able to do a better job than others do to different circumstances, but all should be/have focused on preparing their child to face the trials, pitfalls, and enjoyments of adult life.

My fear is the deviation of the young adults from the wise instruction of the parents as they become “free” to do as they please as adults. I realize that everything one may get from their parents is not correct, but hopefully the good out ways the bad by this time. Neither the parents nor the young are perfect, but the greater responsibility lies on the parents from God Himself.

I fear that while we as Christian parents make sure our child is in Sunday school and church, we fail to create a lifestyle of Christianity. What I mean is that while we believe it is right (by tradition or conviction) that our children should learn the Bible verses and stories, we ourselves do not feel it necessary to study the Scriptures or live as though we honestly believe them.

A child and young person can clearly see hypocrisy. We as adults cannot hide it from them. We often brag about such when we say things as “Because I am the daddy” or “Do as I say” when we are questioned with “Why can you do it” after we tell them it is not right for them to do.

While we ensure that they learn the things of God are we creating a distaste of Him and His Word to our children by not living what we preach? Do they hold the things of Scripture in their minds no different than that of secular learning without it sinking into their hearts?

Do we ensure their learning of spiritual things of God only one day a week for seventeen or eighteen years to only have then reject and deviate from such because we have failed in a lifestyle that is pleasing to God and a godly example to what we want them to learn? They will learn more from our example than simple text book knowledge without responsibility.

Shall the teachings of Christianity perish from them as those things which they have learned in school that they dislike or fail to use in everyday life? If not in their hearts, I fear it may very well happen.

At graduation day we are a little late to recapture the years that we should have done better when we had the time and ability to do so. Yet all is not lost, for through prayer and lifestyle we can hopeful keep them mindful of the things of God that they have learned while growing up. It is too late the force them into subjection to the authority of God after graduation for it will only create rebellion. We must live the Christian talk as we should always (from before they were born or our conversion till now), be compassionate, and trust that God’s Word will not return void.

To a young adult reading this that may be thinking that the Christian things they were taught as a child are not true or you feel a desire to rebellion against them because of hypocrisy you have seen, I ask that you ponder the Word of God in your heart and see that Christ is the example that we must follow. Our parents may faultier and those we look up to may disappoint us, yet no one is without sin but our Savior Jesus Christ. Regardless of the ones around you whether “good” or “bad” Christians, I pray that you have a desire to trust and follow Christ as Lord and Savior, and live the way you believe a Christian should.

8 comments:

BEAST said...

Hmm. I don't know why the author chooses to delete my post, but I will post again.

I don't think children should be encourage to go near 500m within the radius of the bible, because it is simply X-rated stuff mixed with some wacky ideas.

If my kids grow up to like porn, I will teach them the virtues of de Sade instead.

Writer, Splinters of Silver.com said...

Beast,

The reason I deleted SOME of your posts is because it appears (in my opinion and this is my blog) that you are enjoying too much the broadcast of your thoughts of fornication throughout many posts of my blog which is both unnecessary and non-productive to anyone.

I have asked that you reframe from unnecessary "extras" in your posts then I will not delete them.

Thanks.

BEAST said...

Thoughts of fornication? Oh give me a break!

Our bodies are basically designed primarily for procreation! Ever since the first organizations evolve with a projectile to shoot DNA into a receptive cell, reproductive creatures thrive on sex for survival. There is nothing sinful about it. Just ask any biologist!

Writer, Splinters of Silver.com said...

Honestly Beast,

Does this post contain anything realtive that would cause you to mention the Bible being X-rated, porn, or sex?

I don't believe I mentioned those and if you really read it it deals with a completeness of how we raise our children not just the Bible knowledge they are given.

And yes any and all fornication outside of marriage is a sin.

When you see God, just ask Him. If you don't see Him, don't worry about it - just consider I was ignorant in one more thing. :)

BEAST said...

This post has nothing to do with sex.

However, you mention that the children should be raised with biblical nonsense, which I deem to be inappropriate.

As a Cantonese, I have some affiliation with Hongkies, and like them, I believe that the bible is not suitable for kids, as there are simply too many narrations of sex and violence.

As for sex outside marriage being sinful, I find this idea ludicrous. Animals never asked to register for marriage in order to have great sex, so why should we?

In the words of Occam (Occam's Razor), one does not add one more layer of difficult if the necessity does not arise.

As for seeing God, gee, what if God turns out to be Allah? The thought of seeing you in hell for your piousness just gives me the cheers.

Writer, Splinters of Silver.com said...

Beast,

If you do not want to teach children the Bible that is your right, but if honest you would have to agree that the majority of your post made sure to contain reference to sex, porn, and the bible which was most unnecessary in every post.

I find it interesting that a lot of people love to run to the Old Testament to show all of the problems they have with Christianity and the Bible, but seldom speak of the New Testament where we have the Savior Christ and the gospel message of salvation. Why is that? We are now living with New Testament knowledge, why keep running to the Old Testament?

Animals never asked to register for marriage in order to have great sex, so why should we?

Do you see yourself (or mankind) as no different than an animal? Is this what evolution teaches? If we all just acted as animals where do you think society would be today?

BEAST said...

The unbridled truth, and the point I wanted to make with all these sexual biblical inneundoes is this: The bible is not suitable for kids, and really is not a good basis for morals.

It seems to me that you are trying to avoid the atrocities of your deity mentioned in the OT, to which you claimed that we are living in the "OT" age.

I find this bizzare: If you believe that your Bible is unerring, and that you accept every word of it as fact and truth (I take it you are a fundie?), then what is the problem with mentioning OT?

I admit, the NT is slightly better than the OT. But Jesus still condones slavery, commits animal abuse, preaches that he cometh not in peace but with a sword, talks about "leaving your fathers and mothers to follow me", and all the rest of the unspeakable nonsense.

If you wish me to quote those examples from the NT, I can jolly well do it, but as a christian living in the "NT", you definitely should know what I am talking about.

Ok. Back to the animal and human thing. Is Man an animal? Technically, yes. Animals eat. We eat. They breath. We breath. They copulate, and we as well.

Since Man is a product of evolution, logically speaking, we are animals, albeit with a higher intellect and a more cognitive brain.

I find no shame in acquainting animals with myself. On the contrary, I think christians contribute more shame unto humankind by constanting demeaning humanity with the "sin" theory.

You asked what would happen to us if we all acted like animals. My reply is simple: We would still be happy, although less complicated, and enjoying better sex lives than those monks who resort to molesting the odd altarboy.

BEAST said...

You want bad Jesus Quotes from NT? Here it is:
http://www.jesusneverexisted.com/neighbour.html

John Bunyan

To be saved is to be preserved in the faith to the end. 'He that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.' (Mt. 24:13) Not that perseverance is an accident in Christianity, or a thing performed by human industry; they that are saved 'are kept by the power of God, through faith unto salvation.' (1 Pet. 1: 3-6) But perseverance is absolutely necessary to the complete saving of the soul…. He that goeth to sea with a purpose to arrive at Spain, cannot arrive there if he be drowned by the way; wherefore perseverance is absolutely necessary to the saving of the soul.