July 16, 2007

Christian Agrees That Children Cannot Be Born Christian

BabySince an atheist is one who does not believe in any gods (please note that not believing in gods is not synonymous with being absolutely certain that no gods exist), it follows that children are born atheists. They are born without theistic belief. After all, one cannot believe in something of which one has never heard. This simple truth seems to bother many Christians for reasons I will not claim to fully understand; however, I'm happy to report that some Christians are willing to acknowledge it.

Writing for the conservative Christian website, WorldNetDaily, Greg Laurie provides his take on why it makes little sense to talk of someone being a Christian merely because his or her parents are Christian or even because he or she was raised in a home where Christian values were promoted.

Laurie explains,
You cannot be a Christian simply by being born into a Christian family. I'm amazed at how some people, when asked how they know they are Christians, will answer, "Because I think my grandfather was," or, "Because my mother is a Christian." It's as though they believe their family somehow has Christian "genes." Having Christian parents is a great privilege. It's a wonderful thing to be raised with biblical values and to develop a Christian worldview. But you still must personally believe in Jesus. You cannot live off the faith of the family.
Given that Laurie is a pastor at one of the largest churches in America, Christians may have a harder time dismissing him as a hack. So it appears that there are some Christians who recognize the absurdity of referring to children as Christians, at least before they have reached the age to make thoughtful and informed decisions about faith.