We love our children and we want the best for them, the best food, the best education, the best career. But how should we approach the most important question of all: “Is there a God?” What happens when they ask “Where do I come from?” and “What happens when I die?” Are you ready to look your child in the eye and say: “Honey, this is all there is; after life, nothing but a dusty grave.”
If we choose the humanistic route through life, we are in danger of letting in irrational existential fears that are then passed on from generation to generation. Not believing in anything beyond the grave is dangerous and ultimately destructive. Without the authority of a loving God who rules over us, authority in society erodes. Without the moral benchmarks established by the Bible, morality in society becomes confused. And with no prospect of an eternal paradise to look forward to, life becomes nothing more than a series of joys that ultimately fade into meaninglessness.
Some adults may choose atheism for themselves and accept that the end of life is the end of everything, but how does it feel to pass on that grim perspective to your children? It is a painful and disconcerting task to watch innocent minds succumb to such dark nihilism. Far better to send them to Sunday school and teach them that Jesus loves them no matter what and prepare them for the joy of eternal heaven.
By deliberately loading children from the start with a vision of futility, we put all the pressure on the here and now, and if here and now is all there is, they are encouraged to have bad habits. Nihilism leads to overcompensation in the present. The temptation to let the physical and the material rule our lives is no longer resistible, and more than that: the physical and the material must be perfect or life becomes unacceptable.
The vanity, selfishness, and resulting insecurity that these ills bring can quickly take hold of the minds of vulnerable youth, and before long the inevitable rot sets in. Sex, drugs, and the desire to be noticed and approved constantly become natural substitutes for faith. So why are we surprised when our children end up in dangerous situations? They will do anything to ease the weight of their boring and supposedly futile lives.
The cure is to renew your faith.
In the last three centuries, science has gradually overtaken faith as the basis of hope for humanity. The wonderful advances in technology, in the fields of medicine, communications, transportation, and entertainment, while welcome, have convinced us that science will one day provide a paradise on earth. But what is the evidence for this? Are the wars over? Is everyone on the planet being properly fed and cared for? Are we living in peace with our surroundings? While we have countless devices at our disposal that supposedly make our lives easier, we are increasingly aware of a growing insecurity. As we push God out of our lives and are forced to rely entirely on our own efforts to formulate any kind of meaning, we become confused about life’s priorities. Should work or family come first? Should we spend our lives helping others or helping ourselves? Most of us would like to be more altruistic, but we don’t have the time or the resources. And when it comes to right and wrong, how many times have you heard: “It’s not worth being nice!” As a result of these mixed signals, we doubt everything and trust nothing.
Much of the blame for this distorted worldview is due to science falsely elevating itself beyond its purview. Science is not equipped to address assumptions about our origins, the inner workings of our minds, and the important question of moral purpose. Unsubstantiated science like evolution and the big bang belong to the field of theory; While evolution as an adaptive process is easy to understand, it has yet to produce definitive proof of how new species arise. And while the math behind the big bang may be sound, it’s not enough to explain what was the engine that caused the big bang in the first place.
Science is not the path to an anxiety-free life (as anyone with a bad internet connection can attest!), but anxiety is actually exacerbated by science!
Are we as adults doing our duty as responsible mentors when we teach our children this grim philosophy, that they are nothing more than highly advanced apes created in a freak accident, part of an accidental universe destined only for grim extinction?
If you think this is a bad option, be glad there is an alternative.
Philippians 4: v6.7 Do not be anxious about anything, but let your petitions be made known to God in all prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
By believing in a loving God, all the worries of the world and all our anxieties vanish. The earth was not created by random destructive forces (which in itself is a curious contradiction), but by the eternal version of ourselves that wants the best for us and that made us out of love. a experience love, to learn to love better. Faith does not make life perfect. When we read the Bible, we find that none of God’s elect were perfect or had perfect lives, but they did have a perfect relationship with God that was enough to see them through the worst atrocities. From Adam to Moses to David and Solomon to the prophets that preceded Jesus, we meet believers who struggle with all the things we struggle with today, but with divine guidance succeeded. Perfection is not found on the surface of things, but in the heart, because that is where God speaks to us.
John 14:27 Peace I leave you; I give you my peace. I do not give to you as the world gives. Not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
Today’s society is afraid and is far from being at peace with itself. We have become fearful of our own ability. Few know the way of peace. There was a time when men were at peace until there was war; now there are fewer wars but no one knows peace. The root of this disk is easy to see. Everyone has their eye on something that does not exist, the comfort of money; that’s the real myth. There is no peace in the world and there is no peace in a flourishing bank balance, only peace in God.
Cynics might argue that it is wishful thinking to place our trust in a mythical being, but there is no greater myth than the myth of economics. Believing in the power of interest rates and stock prices as the route to happiness and salvation for humanity is a real delusion, because what do big companies produce besides a few billionaires at the top and employees? poor and an impoverished environment at the bottom? How much better to believe in the power of love. Our children grow up believing that debt is the most natural thing in the world and something worth aspiring to, that the only indication of its value is the number on their bank statement or credit score, and that unless they the pinnacle of their profession, they have failed.
And if they fail, they are not loved.
God would say otherwise, and the reverse provides a much more painless way to live.
So when you hear those vital questions coming from your kids’ lips, tell them this, and you won’t be lying: Scientists can only see and understand 4% of the universe (stars, planets, galaxies and their inhabitants). The other 96% is a total mystery. With a little imagination you can fill this gap with whatever you want; with your dreams or premonitions; with ghosts; with angels and demons, fairies and the Easter Bunny, or whatever other concoction they can summon from their powerful minds, and no one can take that away from them because no one knows any better. Then tell them the story of God who loved us so much that he sacrificed his son Jesus for us. In this way we can gradually begin to rescue a confused and anxious generation from the dangers of agnosticism, atheism and dark nihilism, lift them out of the grave and fill them once more with God’s love, peace and the promise of their destiny. divine.