Monday, March 12, 2012

Already Gone: Why your kids will quit church and what you can do to stop it.

I had heard a lot of good things about this book, and decided that I needed to take some time to read the book. I was reading one of the first chapters and was completely shocked by one of the quotes. You can read about that quote here.

I just want to share with you a few main ideas that stuck out to me in this book. If you are interested in reading this book, you can click through the link above to buy the book. Or if you go to church with me, the library has this book.

The parent's ultimately hold the job to educate the children on the Bible according to Deuteronomy 6:4-10 and Ephesians 6:1-4. Without reinforcement at home, the church will not be able to effectively train children.

"If I told you earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you heavenly things." John 3:12 Where do we learn about the history of the earth? Is the history of the earth being  taught just at school or are these truths also presented at church? The people in the church need to be equipped with what they believe. At the end of this post, there are 15 questions that you should be able to answer, and that we should be teaching the children to answer.

A quote from the book says "if we teach such a compromised position to our children, be prepared for the great possibility they will open the door of compromise wider and get on that all-too-familiar slippery slide of unbelief." If we teach our kids to doubt the literal days in Genesis, is this going to affect their salvation? No. But this will affect their thinking about questioning the validity of the rest of the Bible. Slippery slope.

The authors are calling parents, Christian educators, youth leaders, and pastors to defend the faith and to live the faith. Both of the aspects need to be done by all of these people.

The 15 questions of life
  1. Why am I here?
  2. Who is God?
  3. Who is Jesus and why is He the only path to salvation?
  4. Why the Bible and not other holy books?
  5. Why should the Bible be the authority in my life when making decisions and moral choices?
  6. Why set boundaries on sexuality and marriage?
  7. If we are descendents of one man and one woman where did all the different races come from?
  8. How does one determine the value of a human life?
  9. Dinosaurs and the Bible - how does that work?
  10. What is wrong with the world (suffering and death) when God supposedly made everything perfect?
  11. How can "what is wrong with the world" be made right?
  12. Does "science" disprove or conform history in the Bible?
  13. Why does the age of the earth really matter to me and my life today?
  14. Why is it important that I believe in a literal 6-day, 24-hour creation?
  15. Did we evolve from apes-like creatures?
If you can't answer the questions, be sure to check out the Answers In Genesis website.

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