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Valiant-For-Truth’s Parents

In the Second Part of Pilgrim’s Progress, Valiant-For-Truth’s parents dissuade him from going on a pilgrimage – read: They don’t want him to be a Christian. Here are the reasons they give:

  1. The way is too hard.
  2. He will be tricked and taken in by people.
  3. He will just end up coming back anyway.
  4. Mr. Hypocrisy will be waiting for him.

It seems like Mr. Hypocrisy has been hanging around the church for quite some time now. The others are interesting objections against being a Christian, but all of them except Mr. Hypocrisy don’t really reflect the concerns of people today.

Rather than concerns 1 – 3, I think parents today would mainly be worried not only about Mr. Hypocrisy, but also Mr. Intolerance, Mr. Bigotry, Mr. Hate-Speak, Mr. Doctrinaire, Mr. Close-Mind, and Mr. Fundamentalist. And they would not only be afraid about simply meeting these particular gentlemen, but that being a Christian means actually becoming one of them.

I suppose these fears are sadly justifiable, however it seems to me that it is more dependent on how the individual child is raised, rather than what religious belief they hold to. If you raise doctrinaire kids, they’ll grow up to be doctrinaire Christians. If you raise close-minded kids, they’ll grow up to be close-minded Christians. The question isn’t whether Christianity makes you that way, the question is: Why do Christian parents raise these types of children?

  1. Justin Gatlin
    May 26, 2011 at 8:27 pm

    I’m very sorry. I don’t mean to post an unrelated comment on your blog, but I can’t find any way to contact you. Your software (Commentary Creator v 2) will not allow me to save changes to commentaries, in any directory with any permissions (Windows XP, SP 3). I am given this basic error when trying to save my first verse comment: Concurrency Violation: The UpdateCommand affected 0 of the expected 1 records. Can you please e-mail me (and remove this comment) to clarify what I need to do to make it work, Thank you very much.

  2. June 11, 2011 at 11:15 pm

    How did you know I was the same Chad Gibbons who made the Commentary Creator? Lucky Guess?

    Anyway, yes I made that program, but shortly after I finished version 2, Rick Myers changed the type of databases he used with e-Sword. By that time, I didn’t feel like changing the program again, as it would have been a pretty big overhaul, so basically the Commentary Creator program is obsolete. Sorry.

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