When you enter the church building, do you enter for a time of relaxation, fun and Bible class? Certainly, there is value at being relaxed, and a great value in Bible class, but the word “fun” is a word wherein much caution should be exercised. Do you (or the children) come to the building for fun, or to learn the ways of God to make life in the adult world much more manageable? Surely, it is to learn the ways of God; to learn righteousness and that, ultimately, there is coming a day when we will all stand before the judgment seat of Christ (2 Cor. 5:10). Since this is the case, is it not a matter of wisdom to learn here and now how we can prepare for that? “A child knows nothing of such things! Why in the world would you want to lay heavy things like that on her?” I see you who made this remark missed the point. A child may not know now, but in time a child will learn to know. To a child, one teaches to the level of the child; such heavy topics as death, judgment accountability needs to be learned, and starting early is a good time to do so. RT
There are two kinds of fear in my mind. First, there is the kind of fear that makes a person tremble and shake uncontrollably because of danger pending (or potentially so). Second, there is the kind of fear that is associated with reverence. When Moses was passing the baton (so to speak) to Joshua, he warned Israel about the importance of holding allegiance to the Lord. Thus, in teaching they were to teach their children the Lord’s way so they “may hear and learn to fear the LORD your God” (Deut. 31:13, ESV). In this verse, there is application to both ideas about how to understand the word fear. If one refuses to listen and obey, then fear (trembling, shaking, dread) will eventually takes hold. If one hears and obeys, then reverence and respect take hold because of who God is and His interest in one spiritual and physical good. Surely, it is wise to be controlled by the latter than the former.