I’M SO THANKFUL THAT I READ THIS SCRIPTURE WAY BACK BEFORE I HAD READ “MAN’S” CURRENT EXPLANATION OF IT.
Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.
There is a lot of controversy over this little short Scripture. Some don’t believe it means what it says and they call it a “Truism” in defense of their position. In doing so they err. Truism means a “a self evident” obvious truth.
In believing that this Scripture doesn’t mean what it says (which is very plain), they believe the first part and throw away the best part. The last part of it is the “goal” you are trying to reach in their short lives. They believe they trained their children in the way they should go…but they did depart, and so they believe this is not a true statement. They are putting their human efforts before God’s Word.
Another thing is that if young parents can’t believe this means exactly what it says…they won’t try as hard. It is a travesty to twist a Scripture to the point that it discourages efforts of a young parent. Compare it to a basket-ball team… and the team thinks they can’t win the game. They are not going to play as hard as they would if they believed they could win. God lets us know the outcome of our efforts and it helped us tremendously in our efforts to train our children in the way they should go.
I’m so thankful that I read this Scripture way back before I had read “man’s explanation” of it. Please do not use someone’s family…and how their children turned out, to malign God’s Word. Proverbs 22:6 means just what it says even if our children do not remain faithful. God’s Word does not rely on us to prove how valid (or invalid) the Scripture is. If I didn’t believe that Proverbs 22:6 meant just what it says, then how could I believe Acts 2:38 and Mark 16:16?