Catechism Question 6May 16, 2014 at 10:49 am | Posted in Children's Bible Catechism | 8 Comments
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Question 6: What is wrong with you?
Answer: I was born a sinner, and I have sinned against God.
Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.
You may remember a popular television commercial from several years ago. A dad finds marijuana in his son’s room, and confronts him about it. Finding the son less than forthcoming, the dad demands in an angry self-righteous voice, “Where did you learn to do this?”
This prompts the son to respond indignantly, “I learned it by watching you!”
When you tell your child that he or she is a sinner you will be violating every self-help book, counseling guideline, and child psychology tactic known to man concerning building up a child’s self-esteem. But you will also be obeying the Bible, so it must done. And like the sullen boy who blamed his drug use on his dad’s own example, you, too, may get the same question thrown back in your face. “I’m a sinner, you say? Well, what about you, Dad? What about you, Mom?”
And the only right response is, “Yes, me too. Everyone is a sinner.” Which is a great lead-in to be able to explain that no one can stop sinning on his or her own. It is in our fallen nature, and fallen sinners need help from God.
Other verses to consider:
And the LORD smelled a sweet savour; and the LORD said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man’s sake; for the imagination of man’s heart [is] evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done.
Foolishness [is] bound in the heart of a child; [but] the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.