Do you think that Bible Stories are Best for Children?
Children of formative years like 5 years old start to explore the world around them at this stage and parents should be cognizant of the change in the behavior of the child. This is the age that the child becomes inquisitive and very susceptible to learning. Do you think that telling them stories in the Bible, like Adam and Eve, the story of Abraham, the Exodus, etc. beneficial to them?
As a parent I definitely do.
Obviously answers to this will vary based on religious values or a lack thereof. It is inevitably the choice of the parent until the child is old enough to make the decision his / herself.
As a parent I have chosen to encourage Christianity in my son from before he was even born. I read Bible stories to him before his birth and continued to do so thereafter. As a bedtime story every night, we don't do the classic "Good night Moon" or any similar stories. We do Bible stories and the Bible and as a result, my son has been able to recite Bible stories (based on repetition of course) since before he turned one. As we read the stories I leave out words and he fills in the blanks. As he gets older he begins to understand what is being read and what he is saying a little more and more.
The world is going to flood our children with negativity, anger, violence and everything else we face every day. As a parent I feel like it is my duty to try and instill as a strong a foundation as possible in my child so that when he goes out into the "big bad world" he is a little stronger.
Bible stories are filled with good "moral stories" and lessons to be learnt. They teach of courage and conquering bullies / standing up for yourself (David and Goliath) and many other 'modern every day' issues our children face. I strongly believe Bible stories are what is best FOR MY CHILD
You know Jade, a while ago I was contemplating that maybe Bible stories are old fashion nowadays. I'm glad that there are parents like you who still valued the moral lessons in the Bible integral to the positive dev'ment of your child. Thanks you
Personally speaking I think the Bible contains some of the most violent stories and adult subject matter ever written in a single book!
There are too many instances where stories would be considered inappropriate to tell or explain to a 5 year old.
A few examples: David cuts off Goliath's head, Samson kills (1000) men with the jawbone of a donkey, Adam & Eve's son Cain kills his brother Abel, Herod gives orders to kill all the boy babies in Bethlehem, Abraham was prepared to kill his son Isaac.
Even the details of the crucifixion of Jesus are too gruesome for kindergarten age children.
The goal of most parents is retain their children's innocence for a long as possible. They'll have plenty of time to read about wars, murders, sex, betrayal, and the end of the world in Revelations.
Well, if you feel that your child is not yet ready for "violent episodes" in the Bible then you can skip that part, the problem lies if you treat your child as adult.The are many ways of telling a story to a 5 years old?
Fortunately for me I don't have any children.
Well, that's OK, as parents, concentrate on the "moral lessons" of the story not the "graphic pics". this is the positive way of telling the story to a five yrs. The Bible is true does not hide or falsify. As parent that's you're responsibility. Ty.
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