Love for the Bible = Love for Violence?

Have you ever gotten excited about the idea of your child becoming interested in reading bible stories, only to discover how simply violent they are?! Yep, that was us.

Our boys love the bible.  In fact, I’m pretty sure they know the stories and people of the bible better than I ever did at that young age.  True story – my 3 year old son flipped through a devotional, landed on a page with only text and a picture of a dove (mind you he doesn’t yet know how to read), and he started telling the story of how John baptized Jesus, and upon rising out of the water the Holy Spirit appeared as a dove.  And you know what?  That’s exactly what the text was talking about – no one had told him!  I was so proud.

And yes, I LOVE how much my boys love the bible, but when they start re-enacting the stories and yelling “Kill him!  Kill him!”, it makes me wonder how appropriate this is for 5 and 3 year old’s.

They now love swords, ‘killing’ those who are God’s enemies and throwing people in prison.  Hmmm… maybe we should start reading more of God’s love and forgiveness in the New Testament (ha)

I think they’re boys, too, and aren’t boys more drawn to dominance, conquering, defeating… you know, all that testosterone-driven stuff?  I’m still learning as a mom of only boys.

Acting is great, as long as it stays an act.  Am I right?

What are some of your experiences?  Can anyone relate?  I’d love to hear from you! 🙂

 

Leanne


2 Responses to Love for the Bible = Love for Violence?

  1. Avatar Franklin
    Franklin says:

    I agree but also disagree. Yes the bible is violent especially in the old testament. But even so, during those stories, we must teach our children that Jesus love was in the midst of it all. That His love and grace could be found within those stories of violence. The violence does capture young readers attention, especially males. I agree, but we must also look at those stories as a whole and the end results of what God did to let people know how much He loves us. As long as children see the bible as a whole and not just each individual stories. They will understand God has for His people and His enemies. Not just a God who is violent but one who wants to show love to everyone

    • Yes, we need to look at the big picture not simply the violent acts. I guess it’s a good way to get the kids attention while they’re young, then as they mature they can grasp onto God’s character and loving nature, especially once Jesus is in the picture. Thanks for the comment!