How soon should I teach my child about God?
The first thing we all need to understand before teaching a child, ourselves or anyone about God is that He Knew you before you were born Jeremiah 1:5 says “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.” And because of this we can or should believe teaching was started even before we were born or your child was conceived and what we teach is a mere continuation of his work already started. And whilst teaching your child about God is something many could debate all can agree on one thing, it is never too early or never too late.
It is known that the child in the womb can hear or at least feel the voice of the mother. While is in the womb the child can effectively learn; words heard or felt will become familiar sounds to young ears and will have meaning and thus biblical teaching can begin much earlier than one would truly expect.
Reading the bible is something any Christian mother will find a comfort in during pregnancy, especially in a less than easy pregnancy. God’s own word has a soothing and calming effect both on the mother and the unborn child. Sitting quietly alone can relax but reading aloud, reading to the baby inside can begin a teaching process that will make future teaching easier and make learning for the child easier. Repetition of words or phrases that will very much just be noise to an unborn child become teaching. Speaking the words “Jesus is love” or ‘God so loved the world” aloud will become noises that have meaning for when the mother reads she calms herself and in turn soothes the baby.
The child inside the mother’s womb will react and respond to words said with feeling and meaning, much as anger and frustration can upset the unborn child so the kind words of love relax. Reading aloud to an unborn child will not only comfort the mother and child but will form a powerful habit that will yield results. Romans 10:17 says “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” (KJV) Faith is grown from the womb.
The habit created will make bible teaching easier as the child grows, the mother will instinctively know that the child likes it or will enjoy it from the experience in the womb. By reading aloud the mother finds confidence in the Word of Christ, she begins to understand what she is reading better and is able to read it in a way the child understands. There is as much learning for the mother that comes from the teaching as there is for the child.
Because the child has become used to being read the bible teaching will become something child adapts to with ease, unlike school work that can become a chore for the child, teaching about God becomes something that is enjoyed. From the womb the comfort of the Word has played a part in the child’s life and as the child grows the Word will provide confidence, encouragement and other valuable life skills that no other teaching can do.
There is no right age to begin teaching however it is fair to say that the younger the child is and the sooner the word of God can be even just heard the stronger a child will be in Christ because Romans 10:17 says so.
Matt Newnham is a Christian, Writer and Speaker. He is a single father and lives in Cape Town, South Africa. Matt is passionate about life and success and his ability to touch the heart of readers has earned him the title “The Master of Emotional Appeal” Follow Matt on Twitter @MattNewnhamZA and on his Facebook Page