first things you learned were probably from your mother. Most babies are
nurtured by a mother or an adult who takes care of its needs.
As the baby grows, the child starts to learn from the adults who surround
him and starts to imitate their language. When the baby starts walking, he
gets more independent of the nurture he is given by other humans around
him. Soon the baby learns how to communicate with others, eat by himself,
use the toilet, dress and undress himself, go up and down stairs,
open and close doors, and use simple equipment. Almost all that a
child learns is from other human beings who surround him... mainly his
By the time the child starts school, he already has acquired some social
behavior which will stay with him the rest of his life. If he was raised
in the home of Christian parents, he will act the way his parents taught
him. He will say thank you, he will be polite, he will not know obscene
language, so he will not use any derogatory terms. He would have learned
by that time not to be jealous, not to desire what is not his, not to take
things that do not belong to him. He would have learned to be responsible,
honest, to keep his room tidy, to collect his toys after using them. He
would be used to praying together with his father and mother... and other
siblings or relatives as the case might be. He would be welcoming a
daily blessing from his mother as he went to sleep... and so on and
so forth. Psychologists say that by the time the child is eight years old,
he is already formed.... his nature is already cast.
If on the contrary, this child was not raised in a Christian way, he would
have been tutored by parents or other adults who did not follow those
guidelines, and the child could have, by the time he was six, learned to
behave in an uncourteous manner, to be jealous of others, to take things
that did not belong to him, to lie, to respond to his parents in an
improper way, and therefore to respond to other children or other adults
in a manner unbecoming to a young gentleman.
When the child starts school, he is exposed to a larger group. This might
have started already by the use of the TV at an early age. If the parents
are not choosy and let the child interact with other human beings, and be
exposed to improper behavior or ideas, this child would start to
imitate all of this immoral conduct and will start to change.
There is a saying... As the twig
is bent, so the tree grows.
Therefore, it is the duty of Christian parents to guide their children in
order to avoid that they would become changed by this evil world. God
should always be the one guiding us, preferably from an early age. He is
Isaiah 63:16 For you are our Father, though Abraham be ignorant of us, and Israel acknowledge us not:
you, Jehovah, are our Father; our Redeemer, from everlasting, is your name.
As we read His word, God will continue
Your word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.
Jesus is our elder brother, and we must follow
John 14:6 Jesus
saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto
the Father, but by me.
Hebrews 2:11-13 Both the one who makes men holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers. He says, “I will declare your name to my brothers; in the presence of the congregation I will sing your praises.” And again, “I will put my trust in him.” And again he says, “Here am I, and the children God has given me.”
ten commandments, given to Moses by God, are the basis of our legal
system. Laws against stealing, bearing false witness, murder,
and adultery are part of our system of law, but they are also part of the
legal system of every civilized social group because all men know that
those aforementioned actions are evil.
Since the time that Cain murdered his brother Abel, humans have known what
is right and what is wrong. Some societies have become more
permissive, and allowed immoral acts, at different times, but deep within
us, we know what is right and what is wrong... and this is spelled out in
the word of God.
The Devil, though, in a similar way as he seduced Eve, and he convinced
Cain to murder his brother, wants to trick humanity into disobeying our
heavenly Father. Satan desires that we would follow his path (misery
loves company) and the tune is "you can decide for yourself what you
want, nobody needs to tell you what to do."
||Unfortunately, we do not have
the experience to make wise decisions for ourselves.
Only our heavenly Father, the all knowledgeable, is
able to make wise decisions. We humans are easy prey for the Devil
without our heavenly Father's guidance.
On earth, we are first guided by our human parents. We learn to
walk, to talk, to eat, with our parents' help. But in
spiritual matters, we need the guidance of our heavenly Father. He
has left us His instruction manual (the bible) on how to interact
with Him and with other people.
This is important because our God has a father-child relationship with us.
Jesus is our elder brother, and we all will become one big family.
Therefore, learning to get along with our human family, and later on with
other human beings, is the beginning of our destiny -- to become part of
the God family.
Eventually, we will all live together like a well behaved extended family.
1 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the
first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea.
2 I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven
from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.
3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, "Now the
dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his
people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.
4 He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death
or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed
Let us be of good cheer, knowing that day is soon approaching.