Q2. Why protect and teach my children the truth?

Protecting and teaching our children the truth is a sacred and essential responsibility for parents and caregivers. As parents, we are entrusted with the precious gift of raising the next generation, and it is crucial to instil in them a strong foundation of truth, both in the natural and spiritual realms. The Bible places great emphasis on teaching and guiding the young, as Proverbs 22:6 says, "Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old, he will not depart from it." This passage underscores the profound impact that early teachings can have on a person's life. Let us explore the significance of protecting and teaching our children the truth and the spiritual consequences of neglecting this vital duty.

  1. God's Design for Parental Responsibility: God, as the ultimate parent, entrusts human parents with the responsibility to raise children in a way that reflects His nature and character. In Deuteronomy 6:6-7, God commands parents to diligently teach His commandments to their children: "And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise."
  2. Nurturing a Strong Spiritual Foundation: By teaching our children the truth, we provide them with a strong spiritual foundation that will serve as an anchor throughout their lives. In Matthew 7:24-27, Jesus compares a wise person who builds their house on a rock (God's truth) to a foolish person who builds on sand (worldly deception). The house built on the rock withstands the storms of life, while the one on sand collapses. Similarly, children grounded in God's truth are better equipped to face life's challenges and make wise choices.
  3. Protection from Spiritual Deception: The world is filled with various ideologies and false teachings that can lead people astray from the truth. Ephesians 4:14 warns against being "tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes." When we teach our children the truth, we shield them from being deceived by the enemy's lies and equip them to discern right from wrong.
  4. Godly Character and Moral Development: Proverbs 2:6-8 emphasizes that God grants wisdom and knowledge, and He stores up sound wisdom for the upright. By imparting God's truth to our children, we contribute to their moral development and character formation. They learn values such as honesty, integrity, compassion, and love, reflecting the character of Christ. Proverbs 2:6-8: "For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding; he stores up sound wisdom for the upright; he is a shield to those who walk in integrity, guarding the paths of justice and watching over the way of his saints."
  5. Eternal Significance: The spiritual consequences of not teaching our children the truth are profound. Hosea 4:6 warns, "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge." When children grow up without a firm foundation in truth, they are susceptible to spiritual confusion and may succumb to the ways of the world. This can result in spiritual detachment from God and the rejection of His grace, leading to spiritual consequences that extend into eternity.
  6. Impact on Future Generations: Failing to pass on the truth to our children can have a detrimental ripple effect on future generations. Judges 2:10 describes how the generation after Joshua's failed to follow God and know His ways. Consequently, their children did evil in the sight of the Lord. Our neglect to teach truth can lead to a cycle of spiritual decline in successive generations. Judges 2:10: "And all that generation also were gathered to their fathers. And there arose another generation after them who did not know the Lord or the work that he had done for Israel."
  7. Nurturing Intimacy with God: Teaching our children the truth helps them develop a personal relationship with God. When they understand God's love, grace, and plan of salvation, they can experience the joy of knowing Him intimately. Psalm 103:17-18 assures us that God's love is from everlasting to everlasting for those who keep His covenant and remember His commandments. Psalm 103:17-18: "But the steadfast love of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear him, and his righteousness to children's children, to those who keep his covenant and remember to do his commandments."
  8. Fulfilling the Great Commission: In Matthew 28:19-20, Jesus commissions His followers to make disciples and teach them everything He has commanded. Teaching the truth to our children aligns with the Great Commission, as we are called to disciple the next generation and pass on the teachings of Christ. Matthew 28:19-20: "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age."
  9. Resisting the Influence of the World: The world is continuously bombarding young minds with secular ideologies and perspectives that contradict God's truth. Colossians 2:8 advises us not to be taken captive by philosophy and empty deceit. By teaching our children the truth, we empower them to withstand the worldly influence and hold firm to their faith. Colossians 2:8: "See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ."
  10. Parental Accountability: As parents, we are accountable to God for how we raise our children. Parental accountability is a crucial aspect of raising children in a Godly manner. The Bible emphasizes the responsibility of parents to teach and train their children in the ways of the Lord. Here are some additional verses that elaborate on this theme:
  • Proverbs 22:6: "Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it."
  • Deuteronomy 4:9: "Only take care, and keep your soul diligently, lest you forget the things that your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life. Make them known to your children and your children's children."
  • Deuteronomy 6:6-7: "And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise."
  • Psalm 78:4-7: "We will not hide them from their children, but tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the Lord, and his might, and the wonders that he has done... so that they should set their hope in God and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments."
  • Proverbs 1:8-9: "Hear, my son, your father's instruction, and forsake not your mother's teaching, for they are a graceful garland for your head and pendants for your neck."
  • Colossians 3:21: "Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged."
  • Ephesians 6:4: "Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord."
  • 2 Timothy 3:14-15: "But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus."
  • Proverbs 13:24: "Whoever spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is diligent to discipline him."
  • Psalm 127:3-5: "Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one's youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate."
  • Joshua 24:15: "And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve... But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord."

As parents, it is our duty and privilege to raise our children in the fear and admonition of the Lord. Teaching them truth and instilling Godly values in their hearts will not only benefit them but also honor God. Our actions as parents can leave a lasting impact on our children's lives and shape their faith journey. Therefore, let us strive to be diligent in fulfilling our parental accountability, seeking God's guidance and wisdom through prayer and the study of His Word. Even when we fall short and make mistakes, we can find comfort in knowing that God is gracious and forgiving, and He understands our human frailty. May we always seek to do our best in raising our children to love and serve the Lord, knowing that in doing so, we fulfill our divine calling as parents.

In conclusion, teaching our children the truth holds immense significance in shaping their spiritual journey and eternal destiny. By nurturing a strong spiritual foundation, we shield them from spiritual deception and equip them to navigate life's challenges with godly wisdom and discernment. The consequences of neglecting this vital responsibility can lead to spiritual confusion, detachment from God, and the perpetuation of spiritual decline in future generations. However, by embracing our role as parents and caregivers to impart God's truth, we contribute to the growth of godly character and foster intimacy with God. Let us humbly strive to fulfil our parental duty, acknowledging our imperfections and seeking God's grace as we seek to do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with Him.


  1. Deuteronomy 6:6-7
  2. Matthew 7:24-27
  3. Ephesians 4:14
  4. Proverbs 2:6-8
  5. Hosea 4:6
  6. Judges 2:10
  7. Psalm 103:17-18
  8. Matthew 28:19-20
  9. Colossians 2:8
  10. Proverbs 22:6
  11. Deuteronomy 4:9
  12. Psalm 78:4-7
  13. Proverbs 1:8-9
  14. Colossians 3:21
  15. Ephesians 6:4
  16. 2 Timothy 3:14-15
  17. Proverbs 13:24
  18. Psalm 127:3-5

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