Practical Christian Parenting – 5 – What is a Baby?
How we parent a child depends on what we think a child is. Is a baby, for example, a human with a tendency to disobey God? Or Is a baby, instead, an innocent child—like a blank page? Or a baby, perhaps, a cross between the two or something else altogether. If I told you most Christians have it wrong, would you believe me? One of the central doctrines of Christianity, crept in during the 16th century skews a parents outlook toward their children. Learn more in What is a Baby?
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Today’s title is What Is a Baby? The idea is behind this presentation is the refutation of the mainstream Christian concept of the sin nature.
If you look at a newborn infant, and you see all the sweet innocence, to even have to take time to refute this idea is curious. How did the entire Christian world come to believe that an obviously innocent baby is a sinner from birth? Just look at what God has created, lying there in a crib, and leave off what Augustine thought in the 16th century, and you’ll have it right. And yet, when it comes to parenting, this is a vital question. We need to be clear about what a baby is or isn’t if we’re going to communicate God’s love to them from conception. And you’ll remember, in this series, the goal of parenting is to develop a loving relationship with your child. So that’s what we’re going to look at today.