The Bible reads, “The serpent told the Women, ‘You won’t die. God knows that the moment you eat from that tree, you’ll see what’s really going on. You’ll be just like God, knowing everything, ranging all the way from good to evil'” (Genesis 3:4-5, MSG).
Parents understand the importance of keeping their children away from certain images, activities, or events for at least a portion of their life. In fact, there are some things that we should never be exposed to no matter what age or experience. We refer to this as protecting a child’s innocence.
But isn’t the most important aspect of good parenting not protection as much as preparation? Not that they stay the way they are but that they progress in maturity? That our children are ready for what they will one day face? That they have the adequate devotion, direction, and discernment needed to follow Christ for a lifetime? But when are they ready to take those steps? To spread their wings? To learn from their failures? To face tests and temptations?
The goal is not that we leave this world with our innocence in tact. But that we are righteous in Jesus Christ through repentance and restoration. That no matter what we have done and what has been done to us … that we no longer strive to be gods but to know God.