No parent wants their baby to have fear.
Christian parents teach their children about faith. We instruct them to believe in the unseen and often inexplicable. Sharing our thoughts and feelings and even our testimony is common practice. We train them with scripture and show them God’s love by giving mercy and grace (best we can.) And comfort them when they wake up in fear from a bad dream.
Most of us are not bible scholars.
A particularly inquisitive child wants to know, well… everything. You get asked questions that you just plumb don’t know the answer to. You’ve thought of these questions, and asked them yourself. As a believing adult, you may have learned how to cast your doubt aside and so you don’t search too deep for answers.
After all, we’ve heard from every Christian parenting expert that focusing on relationships is what matters most anyway.
Every thing we teach and say and do, falls flat without a stellar relationship with our children. You can, however, provide more answers than you think.
Lies and the unknown are mighty fear producers.
An adult told me once, when I was little, that aliens were real and that I indeed would be taken away by one someday. Now, you are either laughing or saying, “awe, poor kid!” Poor kid is right! I completely and totally believed this. Why would a grown-up lie anyway. Truth be told, unfortunately, I think this person actually believed it themselves.
Into my adult life, I could not watch alien movies, be outside alone after dark, be around anyone talking about space, or accidentally allow myself to think about any of those things, lest I become stiff with fear. After accepting Christ as Savior, I started looking for answers.
I decided to approach everything as though I knew nothing.
Learning everything all over again from the viewpoint that every word of scripture is true. I read, soaked up my pastor’s lessons, prayed, and eventually came upon apologetics.
Discovering apologetics, (or more importantly, the amazing people who have devoted their lives to studying scripture in order to give us what we need to defend our faith,) gave me an enormous boost.
My fears eased and eventually disappeared.
I must maintain this victory. I do that using a Christian worldview and going to Christian apologetics for answers.
Our children read, or we read to them.
Books we get when our babies are born, programs that send books to parents in the mail, or books kids get for birthdays, make up our children’s library. Throwing in children’s apologetic books will serve to squash your child’s doubt, build their faith, and deliver a mighty blow to fear in their lives.
Why not read books about dinosaurs to your baby that say the things you actually believe. Or perhaps, you should read a little about dinosaurs from an apologetic source, if you are unsure.
While we can’t actually eliminate fear completely, we can help our children get rid of a lot of it, by providing them with answers to questions and showing them how to search for truth in the bible.
This way the can know that… “…Only He should be feared; only He should be held in awe” Isaiah 8:13
Wondering just what apologetics is anyway? Read on…
Warning: Below is technical info, aka the boring stuff.
Some technical info on apologetics: The word apologetics first appears in the New Testament in 1 Peter 3:15 where the Apostle Peter addressed early Christians in Asia Minor (a Roman province) who were suffering persecution because of their faith in Christ. He writes:
But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them nor be troubled, but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense (apologia) to anyone who asks you for a reason (logos) for the hope that is within you: yet do it with gentleness and respect (ESV).
Within this one verse, Christian apologetics is summarized nicely. Christian apologetics can be summarized in two parts: (a) objective reasons and evidence that Christianity is true (it corresponds to reality) and, (b) the communication of that truth to the world. Source: cross examined. org