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What's the main main-stream Protestant view on how much it is a duty for Christian children to believe in what their Christian parents believed? What Scriptural basis do Protestants put forth to support their views?

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If if helps, my observation is that on something like this, there is no "main main-stream" Protestant view. Breaking it down further doesn't entirely help: probably no Lutheran view, no ELCA Lutheran, no Metro NY Synod ELCA Lutheran, probably no view that can be identified by congregation. –  pterandon Aug 4 '13 at 0:37

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I do not believe this is only about Protestantism but it is about Christianity in general and even other religions also.

Every normal person in this world, regardless of which religion we follow, we all have inherent wisdom to lead our children to the right path which we believe to be true. A Muslim would train his child in the paths of Islam because he believes that Islam is the true religion. A Hindu would also do the same just as what a normal Christian would do. Any religious parent will teach their children about their religion.

In any case, the Bible still have something to say about children. Jesus welcomed the children and even encouraged others to bring them to Him.

Mark 10:13-16 (NIV)

People were bringing little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them, but the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them.

These words of Jesus and other passages from the Bible became an inspiration to many Christian denominations to practice Infant Baptism. It is believed that by baptizing the children, even if they die at a young age, they might enter Heaven. Many churches also encourage parents to bring their children to the church and special Sunday School programs are designed for children.

It is very important to train the children in the way of the Lord when they are young. This will be a guide throughout their whole life.

Proverbs 22:6 (NKJV)

Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it.

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Thank for your answer, but it would be good if besides quoting Scriptures you would also quote some Protestant source - just like you did in the similar Catholic question. –  brilliant Aug 5 '13 at 4:34
Protestant churches are not well organised like the Catholic church and the doctrines are not well documented like the Catholic church. –  Mawia Aug 5 '13 at 4:47

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