Posted by Simus on February 24, 2004, at 1:24:46
In reply to Re: religious abuse » Simus, posted by rayww on February 23, 2004, at 20:07:06
> Isn't it abusive to teach a child he is a sinnner? I have raised 8 children and have twice that many grand children. I have never once thought of any of them as a sinner, and we too are Christians who believe in and worship Jesus Christ. Children are to be reverenced and protected because of their innocence.
The word "sin" is actually an old archery term meaning, "missing the mark". That is exactly what sin is, missing the mark. To be without sin is to be perfect. The only one who ever walked this earth without sin was Jesus. "For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are–yet was without sin." Hebrews 4:15 But for a Christian, sin is not a death sentence. "Let us then fearlessly and confidently and boldly draw near to the throne of grace (the throne of God's unmerited favor to us sinners), that we may receive mercy [for our failures] and find grace to help in good time for every need [appropriate help and well-timed help, coming just when we need it]." Hebrews 4:16 (amp) There shouldn't even be any feeling of condemnation for a Christian. "There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus" Romans 8:1 But the Bible is clear that Christians do need to recognize sin, repent, and turn from it.
I absolutely adore my children. We have a wonderful, close relationship. But they, like me, are not without sin. We make mistakes, we recognize them, we make it right, then we move on. I would be severely remiss as a Christian parent to knowingly teach my children only the "comfortable" parts of the Bible. My awesome respect for the Lord gives me a great awareness of my responsiblity to teach my children the whole Bible, nothing added and nothing omitted.
I am struggling now with how to answer your question. You ask if it isn't abusive to teach a child that they are a sinner. The Bible is so clear that we are all sinners saved by grace. So ultimately, I would have to believe you are asking if it is abusive to teach children the whole Bible. In my case, no, that isn't abuse. (The original poster did however experience severe emotional abuse and I by no means want to belittle that. My heart and prayers still go out to that person.)