Do you remember the final paragraph, and the chilling final sentence, of George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four? In case you’ve forgotten what happened to Winston Smith after betrayal, imprisonment, and brainwashing, here it is. We put the last sentence in bold:
He gazed up at the enormous face. Forty years it had taken him to learn what kind of smile was hidden beneath the dark mustache. O cruel, needless misunderstanding! O stubborn, self-willed exile from the loving breast! Two gin-scented tears trickled down the sides of his nose. But it was all right, everything was all right, the struggle was finished. He had won the victory over himself. He loved Big Brother.
Keep that in mind as we talk about the latest post at Answers in Genesis (ol’ Hambo’s online ministry). The title is How Do I Know the Bible Is True? The author is Anita Mellott, of whom we never heard before. At the end of her article we’re told: “Her newest book — a devotional for homeschooling parents — releases this August. When she’s not homeschooling, Anita blogs at From the Mango Tree.” Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
A tear fell onto my Bible as I thought of my pre-teen daughter’s words and prayed for wisdom. At eight, she was voicing questions about faith. “How can a book written so long ago have anything to do with me today?” “How can I believe in a God I can’t see?”
Such behavior can’t be tolerated! That kid should be whipped, and reminded that if she doesn’t get her mind right, things will be infinitely worse in the Lake of Fire. That’s how a creationist parent should handle it. Let’s read on, to see what Anita did about her rebellious child:
The first time those words rolled off her lips, I thought my heart would shatter. How could my child be asking such questions? Aren’t we raising her to trust the Bible as her compass? Didn’t she accept Jesus as her Savior? Fear and anxiety preyed on my mind for months.
What agony Anita must have suffered! She continues:
Yet questions are natural and proper. As her questions have continued through the years, four important principles have helped my husband, Jim, and me.
We won’t drag you through the whole four-point program. Instead, we’ll just list those four principles, leaving it to you to click over there so you can absorb the details:
1. Prayer: … I began to pray for her like never before that she would know the Lord and grow strong in her own faith.
2. Open Communication: … We may not always know the answers, but we can provide Biblebased resources. Apologetics books or a visit to the Creation Museum, for example, can help children discover that Scripture is the trustworthy foundation for understanding all of life.
3. Modeling: Along with sharing God’s Word, we can focus on being good role models.
4. Trust: As parents, Jim and I tend the soil of our daughter’s heart by continuing to have family devotions, being open and honest, teaching her how to think biblically, and encouraging her in godly living.
Well, what were the results? In the final paragraph, Anita tells us what she achieved:
It’s been four years since our daughter first asked, “How do I know what I believe is true?” This year, as she has been reading more Bible-based apologetics books, God is answering our prayers and blessing our commitment to teach and show her the truth. Now she asks a different question: “How can people not know it’s true?”
Truly an inspirational tale. Perhaps it’s our Curmudgeonly nature, but we suspect there was more to it than that — much more. A healthy, rational mind can’t be broken that easily. But we’ll probably never know.
We conclude by paraphrasing Anita’s opening words: A tear fell onto the Curmudgeon’s copy of Nineteen Eighty-Four … .
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