Train Up A Child In The Way He Should Go (Proverbs 22: 6 NKJV)
Some fruit may look delicious, but it can lead to much pain. Ask my sweet husband, who just endured a violent attack of food poisoning. He didn't know the fruit had been contaminated.
It can be argued that there is a difference in knowing about evil and actually partaking of its fruit.
Knowledge about every subject imaginable is so readily offered today.
My computer delivers vast information with just a few clicks.
As a faith writer, I enjoy having that wealth available. Writings by devout ministers of yesteryear and today. Wonderful faith-building devotions, testimonies, biblical discourses. So much wise and godly teaching right there on my screen.
At the opposite end of the spectrum is unimaginable perversion, extremely deceitful doctrines, and wicked information available as well. Sometimes it pops up unbidden on my screen during a topic search. I wonder with horror how a parent can protect an innocent child from accidentally viewing it.
I make the choice to stay away from evil. But I cannot protect my children from the knowledge of it.
That thought brings to mind the tree of knowledge of good and evil. After being warned its fruit would cause them to die, Adam and Eve made the wrong choice. They saw the fruit and desired it.
The forbidden fruit is often depicted as an apple. Curiously the same name chosen for one of the most successful computer companies, Apple.
The keys one chooses do actually represent the choice to partake of the knowledge of good or evil.
Lord, give parents the wisdom to instill in children how to avoid the bad and choose the knowledge that leads to them to life.
Harriett Ford is the author of numerous faith-based books.