Topics today include how children acquire beliefs in GOD by being raised as part of a family. Also, there is more on love at first sight. The “Yahoo! Answers” fighter using the ID “martin.percy1” (Level 1 with 139 points, a member since January 11, 2007) posted the following:
Does being bought up in a christian family lead some people to believe in God? Why?
THE BATTLE AXE: Love at First Sight? (08/28/2014)—(4.) The initial encounter of two persons joined by an agreement for arranged marriage may, or may not, include the experience of bonding we call “love at first sight.” However, it absolutely must include a foundation of child-parent love, dutifulness, respect, and trust. Infatuation and what we call “puppy love” describe experiences of young people marked by efforts to establish and prolong temporary emotional excitement, exaggerated romantic attraction, and (occasionally) sexual arousal that alters, confuses, and disrupts their usual patterns of behavior, discipline, home life, and thought. By contrast genuine experiences of love introduce growth, self assessment, planning, and reflection. Efforts are focused upon continuity, discovery, increased intimacy, sharing, and stability. Just as a single seed contains the full life and every stage of a plant’s future development, a blind date or casual encounter also may provide the complete potential for mature love. Where the seed a couple contain is one for life companionship, their courtship and dating begins a relationship that should naturally result with the two firmly established as life companions. Where men and women, instead, are rooted only in the animal aspects of their humanity obstacles to genuine love must repeatedly appear such as conceit, fear, materialism, possessiveness, pride and sexual appetite that hinder the gradual unfolding of love. See again Genesis 2: 18, Proverbs 28: 4, Song of Solomon 8: 6-7 and Malachi 2: 13-15, KJV.
THE GOLDEN ARROW: Folly is bound up in the heart of a child, but the rod of discipline will drive it far away. (Proverbs 22: 15, New International Version, NIV)
THE DOUBLE DAGGER: When Children Embrace Church? (08/18/2014); Condemned by the Church? (08/19/2014); Why the Gospel for Our Children (05/13/2014); Changing Times and Laws? (05/14/2014); Kicked Out By Parents? (11/27/2013); Before Getting Baptized? (11/28/2013); Therefore There Was Trust (01/07/2013); When Does Gossip Become Sin? (01/08/2013)
“martin.percy1”, here are a few thoughts on family and Christian belief that you may find helpful :
(1.) Families are more than simply groups having a physical bond through sexual reproduction, or legal contracts of adoption and marriage. Families also are identified as groups practicing and sharing specific beliefs as well as clear patterns displaying emotional, intellectual, political, psychological, and spiritual values.
(2.) Minor children must depend upon stable families for nourishment and protection throughout their early development. By regularly repeating peculiar exchanges and interactions, children are instructed and prepared to operate independently having their own integrity as mature persons. Family relationships are the first setting wherein children develop and use both nonverbal and oral communication. Later, preschool, kindergarten, and day care become the areas where their social character is further molded.
(3.) Either deliberately or unintentionally—formally or informally— all children eventually are introduced to every belief system of their parents, and carried forward into every relationship of their parents that existed before they were born. Where parents are not grounded in sacred knowledge and spiritual belief systems, usually their children may not pursue such interests without emotional conflict, and various levels of separation.
There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended. (For example (4.) Parents may share only surface aspects of their own spiritual experiences with their children; and each child must determine how they will benefit best from what they have been given. Just as parents are not cruel monsters who force their children to learn the ABC’s, parents are not tyrants for allowing their children a place in their church attendance, Bible study, and prayers. Only with the ABC’s may our children someday read and write; and only with basic sacred knowledge and practice with others will children someday prosper as adult believers.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.
THE BLACK PHOENIX