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Scripture and the Concept of Adolescence
Transcript of Scripture and the Concept of Adolescence
Draw a picture
that comes to your mind first when you hear the word
The Purpose of this presentation is to verify any false assumptions in the secular concept of adolescence based on the biblical concept.
ASSUMPTIONS . . .
Ancient Rome around 193 B.C.
Adolescere = “to grow up”
Adultus = “to have grown up.”
G. Stanley Hall
Storm and Stress
Savagery of childhood
1. Acquiring social skills
2. Achieving sex role
3. Accepting body changes
4. Achieving independence from parents
5. Integrating sexuality
6. Occupational commitments
7. Developing a personal ideology
8. Membership in the community
More than that of military
personnel or prisoners !!!
storm and stress
Adolescents are hostile, anxious, immature, and emotionally variable.
Laws and restrictions
Adolescence today is more difficult, complex, and treacherous than in previous generations.
Today's kids never know the innocence, exploration, and imagination.
They fail to learn to resolve conflict, think for themselves, or do real-life problem solving.
This is not only a problem for adolescents but also for eighteen through twenty-five year old young adults who also continue to remain in childhood.
Prior to the
Reasoning did not belong to childhood but to adolescence.
The most important aspect of adolescence is the ability to choose.
Self-determination is a hallmark of maturity.
Adult apprenticeships began as young as seven.
No adolescents’ subculture, juvenile delinquency, and juvenile sentencing.
Children and adolescents were also able to function as adults
Adolescents were still seen as small adults.
They continued to work and learn from adults.
Marriage and children usually followed soon after puberty.
storm and stress
Adolescents are rebellious, vulnerable, mischievous, and irresponsible.
Biological development appears to be universal.
the concepts, images, conditions, and even roles of adolescents are different from culture to culture.
186 pre-industrial societies, 60 percent of such societies do not have a word for adolescence
The modern concept of adolescence is not general or common, but an anomaly.
of young adults
The concept of adolescence was originated from evolution.
Adolescence represents less-evolved human
Genesis 1:26-27 God created man in His own image.
Image of God
Human beings have the great dignity of being creatures with a capacity for love, morality, rationality, artistic creation, and all the other uniquely human capabilities.
Living creatures who bear the image of God
All human beings are born
with a sinful nature.
Young adults are prone to sin and in need of moral and intellectual direction.
God saved not only souls but also thoughts, emotions, will, and habits.
bring a redemptive force to reverse the evil and corruption.
redeem the sinful world
This is the purpose of the Christian’s life.
These words are uses to designate age, or a grouping within society, but always in a neutral sense.
The status of young adults is not limited to the pre-twenty segment of society.
Vigor and Strength
In Isaiah 40:30-31,
In Psalms 103:5,
In Proverbs 20:29, the author writes that The glory of
In Ecclesiastes 12:1,
young men is their strength.
the psalmist sings that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
Isaiah praises that those who wait on God will renew their strength with the comment that Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted.
Remember also your Creator in the days of your youth.
young adults should keep their purity by guarding it according to the Word of God.
You shall stand up before the gray head and honor the face of an old man, and you shall fear your God.
The Bible also commands that young adults should respect and honor adults. (Leviticus 19:32; Exodus 20:12; Ephesians 6:2-3, and Proverbs 1:8)
In Leviticus 19:32,
In Psalms 119:9,
In Psalms 25:7 and Job 13:26, a typical expression appears: “the sins of my youth,” and it signifies that young adults can easily fall into temptation and regret it later.
They are linked with acts of shame (Isa 54:4), disgrace (Jer 31:13) and lewdness (Ezek 23:21) in the Bible.
In 2 Timothy 2:22, Paul encourages Timothy, his spiritual son, to flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace.
In Titus 2:6, Paul also admonishes Titus to help and instruct young adults in the church at Crete to be self-controlled.
strength and vigor
They are already recognized as adults
kings, reformers, warriors, leaders, prophets, officials, heroes, scholars, and parents
1 Samuel 2:18
1 Samuel 17:33
Young adults created in the image of God
Broken God's image
Need of moral and intellectual direction
Recovered God's image
The secular concept
Young adults need competent, mature adult models
Lead students and adults in their lives to build heart connections with each other.
Raise the bar!