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Does a lack of obedience in children start here?

05/12/2011

WHY TEACHING CHILDREN IS IMPORTANT

A close look at the teachings of Baha’u’llah, in a Tablet (translated from the Persian) [14] could shed light on where disobedience in children may start.

 Baha’u’llah said: “That which is of paramount importance for the children, that which must precede all else, is to teach them the oneness of God and the laws of God.

“For lacking this, the fear of God cannot be inculcated, and lacking the fear of God an infinity of odious and abominable actions will spring up, and sentiments will be uttered that transgress all bounds. . .

“The parents must exert every effort to rear their offspring to be religious, for should the children not attain this greatest of adornments, they will not obey their parents, which in a certain sense means that they will not obey God.

“Indeed, such children will show no consideration to anyone, and will do exactly as they please.” 

Compiled by the Research Department of the Universal House of Justice, A Compilation on Baha’i Education (Haifa: Baha’i World Centre, August 1976) P. 3. Available from http://reference.bahai.org/en/t/c/BE/be-19.html

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