What Teens Believe

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I’ve got good news and bad news about the next generation. The good news is that the kids today are taking a much greater interest in religion. The bad news is that they haven’t got a clue what religion is all about. Too many seem to think that whatever works for you is the way to go. You know, I think that must be the mantra of this age.

But I wonder how many people see the fallacy in this? The problem is that the working out of things takes time, and no one can ever see the end from the beginning—least of all, those who have very little experience of this world. The dangers out there are just too great to allow our kids to learn everything by trying stuff out. That’s why the older generation is supposed to pass on to the younger generation the benefit of what they know. When it comes to God and the difference between right and wrong, there may never have been a generation to come to their teenage years with so little to go on.

No one wants to teach morals. No one wants to tell them about God. Some feel they don’t have the right to tell them. And so, when they find their lives utterly meaningless, and when alcohol and sex leave them in worse shape than they were before, they start looking for answers. In some cases, they start imagining answers and creating Gods in their own image. What worries me is what they are going to do when they find that this religion they have cobbled together for themselves is a total dead end. And if we leave them to search it all out on their own, that is precisely what most of them will find. So, is God whatever works for you?


Ronald L. Dart

Ronald L. Dart (1934–2016) — People around the world have come to appreciate his easy style, non-combative approach to explaining the Bible, and the personal, almost one-on-one method of explaining what’s going on in the world in the light of the Bible. After retiring from teaching and church administration in 1995 he started Christian Educational Ministries and the Born to Win radio program.

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