“Train up a child . . .” – JAM

The proverb goes: “As a twig is bent, so grows a branch”. The Jews had a proverb with similar application: “train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it.” But remember these are proverbs. They are not laws of nature. In 1924 John Hopkins University psychologist, John Watson, claimed if he were given complete control of children for their first five years he would “guarantee” that they would become whatever he chose. This myth has been since repeated over and over. God created man with free agency and though training influences, it does not determine. God leaves the responsibility to decide up to each one of us. This is Just-A-Minute with Ed Boggess

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