Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Love and Blunder on finding a children's Bible

Devona at Love and Blunder blog posts about finding a children's Bible that accurately reflects what scripture says. She writes:

The book that we have now says, "God was not angry with Adam and Eve, He was disappointed." That's a flat out LIE! I was so surprised to see that. God didn't say, "Aw shucks, they can't live in my cool garden anymore. That's so disappointing. I took a lot of care making it." No God said, "Now you will surely die." That sounds pretty angry to me.
Read on: Love and Blunder

Be sure to read through the great comments to her post.

7 comments:

CPA said...

Can God be angry? It's scary when you realize how many people answer "no, God cannot be angry."

Because if God cannot be angry, then Scripture has no sense, and we have a good news with no "bad news" of our sin to make it meaningful. (Not to speak of the fact that we have a God who doesn't care about justice.)

Here's another thing. I've seen a lot of Reformed types (used in the real sense, Presbyterians, particular Baptists, etc.) push a model of parenting that stresses punishment according to strict rules without display of anger. But that's not how I see God disciplining His people in Scripture. There, He's pretty lax for a while, lets His people take a mile when given an inch, until suddenly He blows up and gets really furious. But when the kids repent, He's all over them in hugs and kisses. I'm Biblical enough to believe this model of child-rearing rather than "every punishment exactly proportionate to the offense" type. And I think it works better.

Devona said...

CPA,

That's very interesting that you'd comment about parenting in that way.

I'll have to think about it, since I haven't gotten to the stage of parenting where I have any reason to blow up (Olivia isn't yet 1), I haven't had the need to develop my theory on it yet.

CPA said...

Harriet Beecher Stowe has a great speech on this in the person of an old grandma in "Oldtown" talking about the "by the rule" child-raising. I'll blog on it sometime soon.

TKls2myhrt said...

I don't believe I've ever heard this parenting style discussed before in a positive light. ;) What you described: "...But that's not how I see God disciplining His people in Scripture. There, He's pretty lax for a while, lets His people take a mile when given an inch, until suddenly He blows up and gets really furious. But when the kids repent, He's all over them in hugs and kisses."

I would also like to read the speech.

Regarding the concept of God being angry at sin and the undeserved gospel of grace, that certainly played a big part in my eventual desparation of American Evangelicalism. I could sense God's wrath and knew of his wrath through his Word; my knowledge of my sin nature rose above me like a towering giant and I knew I would never be good enough for God (let alone my fellow Christians). I had certainly heard part of the gospel, but since it was always tied in with my requirements, it was never really "good news". Simultaneously, my old ELCA mega-church was rapidly changing to reformed teachings and I couldn't stay any longer. The summer I spent meeting with a confessional lutheran pastor and going over what the Bible truly teaches about God, sin and salvation was life-altering and faith-saving.

The problem I am having as the parent of teenagers is how to help them realize their sin nature in typical teen behavior without driving them away from me. I fall back easily on the evangelical-God-playing model by thinking it is my job to make them aware every time they sin and to make them believe. I've got one who is very aware, but one who appears not to get it at times. I keep bringing them to the Word and fight myself off in trusting the Holy Spirit's presence in proclaiming God's Word. God save my children from me! :)

solarblogger said...

I grew up with The Children's Bible from Golden Press. Here is a link to Amazon:

http://tinyurl.com/8blka

This one was really outstanding. Hopefully they haven't changed it too much in the intervening years. But they list the same editor as mine had.

Rick Ritchie

CPA said...

My promised post on the benefits of impulsive discipline is up here.

CPA said...

Ooops. The post is up here. The previous one is a mistake I think.