Lisa, in your profession, do you only use the Bible as a guideline for the kids and families you counsel? I would guess you probably have quite a stack of other books, written, no doubt, by many "experts".
SF, one, GREAT documentary that IndoctriNation! Two, my Grandfather is a psychologist and spoke adamantly against "adolescence" and any age categorizing because it is unscriptural. He got the degree, he knew where the teaching was coming from - purely evolutionary and always humanistic.
Lisa, we rebel as people, from the day we are born to the moment we die. Because parents have abdicated their rolls over the past decades and society has taken on the roll of mommy and daddy, moving farther and farther from anything resembling Christianity, is not due to some pseudo-stage of child development (the kids aren't evolutionary by products). In another thread from another article you say we need to study only God's word and need little input, if any, from anywhere else. Yet this concept of child development stages IS based on evolution and is not Biblical. I'm not sure at all how you can compare Scott's work and the Scriptural evidence he gives and come up with this being pseudo Christian psychology.
GS, I was raised to just love literature; sadly, there weren't any constraints on it nor a careful explanation of discernment when reading. So I read with abandon - talk about confusion! Years and years later, my husband and I still love to read but are far more selective. Dorcas has listed a great resource!
â€śEverything is permissible," but not everything is helpful. â€śEverything is permissible," but not everything builds up. (1 Corinthians 10:23)
GS and Dorcas, I am going to throw in my two cents here. I had this book as a reading requirement my junior year. Through the entire book all I could think was, "How can someone write this without having some seriously keen knowledge of the demons?!" I found The Screwtape Letters to be creepy and eerily too familiar with the occult. Lewis admits his struggle with dabbling with occult magic and it's draw on him into the realms of fantasy with every book he wrote. I choose to avoid it for better reading.
He's popular with people now for his entertainment factor; the Christians at large seem to be taking every movie that comes out and adding a "Bible group study guide" to it to make it Christianized. Isn't that what Aaron and the Israelites did in the desert with the golden calf? Exodus 31:2-7, take the vile page practice and add God's name! Now it's ok! Nonsense.
"Now the brother shall betray the brother to death, and the father the son; and children shall rise up against their parents, and shall cause them to be put to death." (Mark 13:12)
This is a curse of end times, not necessarily the course children will/must take. Where in the Bible do we have this talk of teenage rebellion? I think you'll find this term only in human psychology; I don't think it's scriptural.
While I think there is more than one reason behind this deception and confusion in youth, I would chalk a lot of this up to the feminist movement. More than most, it has blurred beyond recognition the lines between male and female and Satan sure hasn't missed this opportunity! We get flack constantly for encouraging our boys to be boys and ours and girls to be girls - we are told we shouldn't make them conform to what we think a boy or girl should do. We don't know what God has in store for our children as they grow in Him, but as He made them male and female, He has already started them on their paths. Where are the parents now days and why aren't they helping to mitigate their children's confusion in a world that strives for this kind of chaos? I do pray parents would remove their kids from schools where Christ is not King and properly equip them before letting the lambs out among the wolves. The youth in this story are NOT happy, nor will they be after they've destroyed their gender.
Dorcas, amen to the blessings God gives, and more freely than we deserve! Baby Five is growing well and we're all excited for Feb to come so we can all see them face to face! You have a wonderful week as well; you'll be in our prayers as always!
Hi Dorcas! With your hearty approval I look forward all the more to reading this! I've read a few pages in and can quite humbly say I am disgusted by seeing myself! Please let someone kick this child into gear! The hymn! Yes! That is how I know the name!! She was the daughter of a Puritan minister if I remember correctly. Well, while I don't have hours to read in this season of life, I am looking forward to digging into a good book! All is well with you I pray?
Thank you Frank! Sadly, I never thought of that - with both husband and wife out of the house, it very well could be placing a burden on the family; tragic. I just downloaded Prentiss's book to my iPad. Sounds like a good read! Now I have to figure out why that name so familiar.
Thanks Michael; pray we will! Say hi to the family from the bunch of us. Your dad's a real special guy!
Frank, I was wondering if my parents "we don't want to be a burden" thought was eugenics-slipped-under-the-rug. It has been fed for so long, I see all of our kids' great-grandparents who are still living saying the same thing. The last thing any of them would be is a burden to us - besides, what a great way for our kids to learn that area of family dynamics and the passing on of information... So much lost... And you're sure right - the 1940's kids grew up to have smaller families and the country has continued down this road. There will be many, many lonely people in the decades to come. I would like to bless my parents by NOT having them choose between living facilities at some point, but it's like talking to the wall.
Frank, Penny - what could one do if they realize this, desiring to offer their aged parents this return to biblical family care, but the parents refused because they don't want "to be a burden"? We pray and they say it isn't necessary anymore to place such a burden on a family; they would not be a burden. The years seem to have whittled away at nearly every biblical guideline that concerns the family. I would love to think it is not all lost for my parents generation. Do you think it would be appropriate to draw an inference that this mentality is simply a long extension of eugenics-thought?
Mike from NY, for me it's either laugh or cry. At least I can laugh until it all unravels! . And while I meant it to be funny, really, when one holds any institution of such ungodly power as this one in such esteem, something really is wrong; they hold ungodliness and profess the same. I don't understand why Christians are ok with this administration...
Yes Joyce! it was indeed meant in good humor. It gets a little old to have someone as cleaver as Jim constantly peddling Obamacare (big oxymoron); and it's always kind of ironic to see him, correctly, advise one's removal from the RCC whilst supporting a government that does the same thing... I just don't get it. But the world would be a quieter, less humorous place without Jim Lincoln!
Jim, do you not see how alike our government and the RCC are?
Prayer to other-than-God vs. prayer to anyone BUT God Sacraments turning to human flesh and blood vs. abortion champions Bribes and indulgences vs. earmarks and estate/death taxes Father Pope vs. the "divinity" of the current President Pope Francis declaring "good" is simply following your own conscience vs. "don't worry, we'll tell you what's right and wrong" White smoke from the Vatican vs. ObamaCare website (that's just funny! Although...) Salvation through works vs. salvation through entitlement
You squabbled about the "bling pope" of Germany yet I've not heard one single rebuke of this administrations blatant and abusive use of tax-payers funds to jet-set around the world playing golf and shopping from you. People go hungry and you blame Christians for not doing more so "the government has to" while Mrs. First Lady has a garden with rotting food in it; still no remarks. The Bible commands us not to steal yet it's ok to force Christians to pay for ungodly medical practices and somehow that's not stealing? It's beginning to sound a little hypocritical to rag on John Y until you come out of your religion brother.
Liked, you mean "And what if God, desiring to display His wrath and to make His power known, endured with much patience objects of wrath ready for destruction? And what if He did this to make known the riches of His glory on objects of mercy that He prepared beforehand for glory - on us, the ones He also called, not only from the Jews but also from the Gentiles?" (Romans 9:22-24 HCSB)