How do I convert Fahrenheit to Celsius? Let's see. The formula I learned in science class was pretty simple -- first subtract 32, then multiply by 5, and finally divide by 9. But wait, I need to go the other way. How do I do that? Well, first I add ... no, multiply.... It's confusing. This would be easier if I knew the concept behind the formula!
Formulas -- standard procedures -- are necessary in almost every endeavor. We often hear helpful "formulas" in church, and the Bible itself gives many summary principles to direct our thoughts and behavior, such as the Ten Commandments, Proverbs, and the Golden Rule. But if we teach our children lists of dos and don'ts without the bigger picture -- "the whole counsel of God" behind them (Acts 20:27) -- they can get off track like the Pharisees did.
For example, sometimes people use the Golden Rule, Jesus's summary of the Law in Matthew 7:12, to argue that we should never judge others. But God says we are to "judge with righteous judgment" (John 7:24). Clearly, God wants us to judge according to His standard and not according to our own sinful nature.
It is vital to teach our children how to build all their thinking on God's Word.
[Read the rest of the article at Answers in Genesis.]