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Jehovah’s Witnesses and Children

January 4th, 2021

Jehovah’s Witnesses care about children. They work very hard to produce literature in their magazines and books to help parents to raise and protect their children effectively and successfully. From 1974 until today, the Watchtower magazine alone has over 10,000 references to children. The modern day publications of Jehovah’s Witnesses have a combined 41, 662 references to children. Books such as My Book of Bible Stories, have helped millions of children of Jehovah’s Witnesses, to gain a foundation in a love for God, in addition to millions of children who are not Jehovah’s Witnesses. The publication, The Greatest Teacher, published in 2003, teaches children valuable lessons of honesty, love of neighbor, love of God, kindness, to avoid prejudice, and not to develop feelings of self importance, as well as giving children a hope for the future.

Jehovah’s Witnesses also produce books for Youth, such as Questions Young People Ask, Answers That Work, now available in two volumes. This book helps teens to gain practical guidance in vital areas of life, including relationships, romance and sex, drugs and alcohol, handling finances, how to get along with and get to know one’s parents, and how to deal with the media, and how to develop a relationship with God.

Additionally, the Watchtower and Awake magazines, published by Jehovah’s Witnesses have had scores of articles through the year that deal with the subject of child abuse. Since 1970 there are close to a thousand references to that sensitive subject in Witness publications, and the public statement of Jehovah’s Witnesses on child abuse is a matter of record. Many Jehovah’s Witnesses are teachers in public and private schools, as is the writer of this article, and are very concerned with the safety of children and their welfare. Jehovah’s Witnesses appreciate and support the work of educators and organizations who are concerned with children and child abuse, and frequently quote from authorities on this and similar subjects in their literature.

The October 2007 Awake magazine stated, “The primary responsibility for protecting children against abuse belongs to parents, not to children. So educating parents comes before educating children.” Both children, and especially parents, need to be educated about child abuse. The book The Greatest Teacher, helps children themselves to have understanding on this subject, to be able to counter any potential abuse from predators or others.

The Jehovah’s Witnesses media site states on child rearing, “Within the family, parents hold primary responsibility for providing needed love and training to their children. (Titus 2:4; Ephesians 6:4) They should teach their children Scriptural values and provide loving discipline. The Bible does not condone harsh physical punishment. (Deuteronomy 6:6, 7; Ephesians 6:4; Titus 2:4) Parents also provide for their physical needs such as food, clothing, shelter, education, and medical care. Children learn from the Bible that they must obey and honor their parents, regardless of the parents’ religious beliefs. Children are also encouraged to show respect to their grandparents and to other older people in the family as well as in the community.-Leviticus 19:32.

Parents should teach their children Scriptural values and provide loving discipline. The Bible does not condone harsh physical punishment.”

So this article encourages the reader to be educated on the subject of children and their special needs in this difficult time period in mankind’s history. As Jesus said, “Let the children come to me and do not try to stop them, for the Kingdom of God belongs to suchlike ones.” Matthew 19:14.