Over two billion people practice the Christian faith, and while there are many differences in some of these beliefs, many of the desires of Christians are universal. Among them is the desire for a good family. The Bible says, “Go forth and multiply.” This is a clear indication that mankind is to procreate. Given the instincts of man to carefully watch over little children, we are to do much more than simply reproduce, however. Raising children to be both God fearing and well brought up is a desire that parents across the world strive for and work very hard towards every day.
Children are considered to be blessed by God, and there are many passages that refer to the spiritually desirable qualities that children possess. Innocence is one of the most precious states of man, and yet in today’s age, it seems that children loose innocence at a younger and younger age. Once innocence is gone, it cannot be brought back. Therefore, it is crucial to allow a child to remain innocent as long as possible, in order to keep those same qualities. Good parenting can sometimes mean shielding a child from the world’s influences, although this can be challenging, especially in today’s world.
Matthew 19:14 states, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of Heaven.” Many Christians believe this to mean that children, in particular are valued by God for their innocence, but some also think this could refer to child-like states for adult as well. The state of innocence has long fascinated mankind, and its passage is often sorrowfully referred to by many of the world’s great thinkers. It is considered to be a purer state of being, and one that was given to Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden.
As we all know, Adam and Eve were unable to keep their innocence intact, and illustrates that maturity often brings a loss of the simplicity and beauty of complete innocence. Robert Frost is quotes as, “So I was once myself a swinger of birches, And so I dream of going back to be.” Many adults mourn the loss of the innocence of children, not only for the single-minded spirituality they possess, but for the simplicity in their views of the world and God. It is the duty of parents and adults to protect the innocence of children and keep it pure.
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