Contribution to Book
Biological births create second and third generations. A spiritual birth creates a child of God regardless of that person’s age or relationship to other biological generations. That’s why God has no grandchildren; only children. The second birth may lack obvious, tangible markers. Those who grow up with religious parents might not be able to name a date or place for their own spiritual re-birth. New environments seem more conducive for new-birth experiences. We need additional markers. Complications, misunderstanding, and power plays may arise when the first, second and third generations flatten into one generation called “Children of God.”
Generational Faith: Change and Consistency across Generations
The 180° Symposium
Case, Steve, "God Has No Grandchildren" (2012). 180 Symposium Publications. 29.
Posed with permission, Center for Youth Evangelism at Andrews University