The Bible addresses a multitude of issues, everything from original sin to guidelines on how to eat, dress and become a good citizen.Read more...
The Bible addresses a multitude of issues, everything from original sin to guidelines on how to eat, dress and become a good citizen. The one thing it does not address is the issue of children. Can children become Christians? If so, at what age? If not, are children to be perceived to be the bearers of unsaved souls?
Those who believe that God has chosen children to become Christians, no matter what, are missing the point, according to author Art Murphy, as are those who believe that the baptism of babies is an act of salvation.
Children should be involved in their salvation, he concludes--and that means parental guidance at every step along the way. To help with that, Murphy urges churches to become "child friendly." That means greeting the children when they are encountered in the hallways and being friendly to them during worship services. It means looking them in the eye when speaking to them. And it means not being afraid to hug them. Simply put, it means engaging them in the fellowship of the church at a very early age.
This book contains chapters on children and baptism, on how to lead children to Christ, and on understanding the faith of a child. It is recommended for parents who are struggling with the issue.-A Closer Look