15 August 2010
A Point from Bible Class
We're working our way through Proverbs, and we've been discussing the light it sheds upon familial relations. Today Proverbs 22:6 about "training up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it." I called it a promise, and Sharon raised the question about children who are trained up, but who turn away and never come back to faith. It gave me the opportunity to describe my understanding of how these "wisdom" books operate: they describe the usual, but in almost any instance, you can think of examples where it doesn't universally hold. But the balance of the time, they do hold. These are not so much like the divine promises upon which we stake our eternal salvation; these are promises about the way things usually can be counted on to work out in life, received with the acknowledgment that there are always exceptions to the rule - but these are exceptions; they do not negate the rule. So, in this instance, on balance, children will turn back to the way they were trained up when they are old. That's how I've thought of these promises, but I wondered if others had any insights on the topic. If so, feel free to share!
Posted by William Weedon at 6:00 PM