Q: How old does a child have to be before they can understand the Gospel and make their decision to follow Jesus? Neither my husband nor I grew up in a religious home, so we’re sort of feeling our way on this with our own children. — N.M.
A: You seem to be implying that a child will automatically decide “to follow Jesus”. If that is the case, then this child is not making a an informed, mature decision but being indoctrinated into the Christian faith without choice. To be fair to your child, you should teach him about a large number religious beliefs including Islam, Judaism, Hindu, Buddhism, Mormonism, etc. without prejudice or bias and the history of the origin of these beliefs. At the same time, he should be taught about the many mythologies ( e.g., Greek, Egyptian, Zulu, Norse, Celtic, Mayan) created by humans over our history. With this knowledge, your child should be able to make an informed decision about the credibility of your religion and others. The timing of this decision should be left entirely up to your child. If you follow my suggestion, you should understand that your child may not choose to follow your religion. You might not like this result, but your son will likely respect you for taking this open approach.
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