Teach Yourself: Standing On Solid Ground
by Kathryn Camp
As I mentioned in my previous blog (Train Your Child), we need to first teach ourselves to know God before we can truly train our own children how they too can know God. The first and greatest commandment found in Deuteronomy 6:5 is a call, “to love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.” This is a unique invitation to know God. This is an invitation not extended by any other faith-based religion known to humanity. The Creator of the universe beckons us to know Him; because to know him is to love Him.
It would not make sense to be called to love God with all that is in us, if we have no idea who He truly is or what it is we are to love. Most people end up leaving the Christian faith behind because they feel that they must hold on to some sort of blind faith. That simply would not make any sense. That is not at all what God expects of us. The whole purpose behind the Scriptures is to know God.
The Bible is known as special revelation since it was given only to humanity who was made in the image of God, unlike any other creature created. 2 Chronicles 7:14 says, “if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land. (ESV)” Hebrews 11:6: “And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.” (ESV) The Bible is your ultimate source of understanding as a Christian parent. Not only will your life be enhanced by devoting time to know God, but your whole family will be enriched through you and your love of God.
You have already made the first crucial step to seeking a better way to raise and nurture your family by turning to Ratio Christi where you will be guided to answer those difficult questions that inevitably come up in our culture. If you are not already involved in a Bible study, I encourage you to find a small-group Bible study either through your church, or through a biblically centered ministry found online. If you find a Bible study through your church, make sure that you first find out from the group how they view the Bible…
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