Apologetics & Your Kids: God, Man and the World
by Paul Henebury
Last time we looked at the importance of commending a biblical worldview to our children. If we can communicate that, then we have given them a solid frame of reference from which they can comprehend the world about them and make decisions about which directions to take in it. That is a valuable gift; and it is one that will be increasingly needed in the years ahead.
The Wisdom of the World Versus True Wisdom (1 Cor. 3:19)
I said last time that we would begin to see how the right worldview helps us do this. Let me start by listing again those pat catch-phrases which are frequently met with in the world:
- “Listen to your heart”—leaves out God and promotes utter selfishness and folly
- “You have your truth and I have mine.”—An absolute statement which denies absolutes
- “People who think they are right and others are wrong are just bigoted”—Mere name-calling by someone who thinks they are right
- “We evolved from some prebiotic slime and are here by cosmic accident.”—Blind faith which contradicts known laws of nature, all the evidence of the rocks, and leads to the destruction of ethical principles and meaningfulness
- “We decide our own fate.”—Usually said by those who would change their circumstances if they could
I shall quickly address each saying using the biblical worldview. Another way of seeing this is to ask ourselves, “how would the Lord Jesus answer this?”
1. “Listen to your heart.”
The Bible: “He who trusts in his own heart is a fool” (Pro. 28:26). This is because of the state of our hearts. They are deceitful and corrupt (Jer. 17:9), and spout forth all manner of evil (Mk. 7:21-23). The second half of Proverbs 28:26 tells us, “but whoever walks wisely will be delivered.” We should infer from this that we are not to listen to our hearts, but instead we are to listen to words which will make us wise. In the verse right before it we are told, “he who trusts in the LORD will prosper.” God made the ear primarily so we would hear Him! The biblical worldview informs us about our propensity to lie to ourselves about ourselves (and others), and to ignore God’s wisdom.
2. “You have your truth and I have mine.”
The Bible: “Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice” (Jn. 18:37). To the religious leaders Jesus stated, “You judge according to the flesh; I am not judging anyone. But even if I do judge, My judgment is true; for I am not alone in it, but I and the Father who sent Me” (Jn. 8:15-16). So according to this, seeking our own personal “truth” aside from Jesus is judging according to the flesh. Jesus contrasts this obviously false approach with His own…
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