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    Question Is it wrong teaching children religion?

    I have been seeing this topic alot lately on other froms. My mom and dad taking me to church on sunday that is were I learn about Jesus and was save

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    "Religion" goes by many connotations. Generally speaking, parents tend to bring children up in the faith the parents believe in - an indoctrination if you will. That's why it's important to spread the Gospel message to people of all faiths.

    If your parents took you to a Bible believing church and you were saved then that is a good thing.
    Christianity is open to all people no matter what "religious" backround.

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    Steve said what I was going to- it's much, much more important to teach our children about salvation, walking with Christ and the message of the Bible than it is to indoctrinate them into "religion".

    I remember that as kids we would always gripe about getting "dragged to church" on Sunday where we would sit bored out of our minds as the pastor (or Sunday school teacher or priest) rambled on about stuff we didn't understand. We were Methodists, our neighbors were Catholic and the boy down the street was Baptist, out of the 5 of us we didn't get much out of those weekly sessions. We did however "get" the overall picture. We understood that there was a God and that our parents believed on Him and all 5 of us remain believers to this day. Looking back I wish I had been given a better picture of what the real message of the Bible is, I didn't understand that until much later in life. Many faiths get too caught up in "religion" and the message gets lost. I've gone out of my way to make sure my 3 kids understand salvation and what it means to them, that's the part that we as parents have to instill in them at an early age. Get that right and the rest of life follows the right path, the narrow path

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    My boys are 6 and 8
    they learn about Jesus, they know about Noah and the flood, they understand sin, they know the bad guys don't like Jesus, they understand that jesus was pinished on the cross for the things they have done wrong, they have told Jesus they are sorry for doing wrong and ask Jesus if they can be in His family, they are not sure about water baptism, they are ready for the rapture, they know Jesus has a mansion prepared for them, they understand they return with Jesus at the second coming on white horses, they hope their 2 dogs will be with them in the millennium, they understand socialism is wrong, they don't want anyone voting for Obama in 2012

    we haven't discussed religion yet



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    I guess I misunderstood the question. I took it to mean 'religion' in general. Hmmm, never really thought about it. I remember being in school-maybe even middle school and learning about 'other' religions and wondering WHY-why would we be learning about other religions but not Christianity. It would briefly be mention. Quite frankly, I didn't realize that there were people out there who didn't believe in God. I just assumed everyone did. I knew Jesus was in my heart so I couldn't figure out why other people would need any other 'gods! I think that, as parents, we should tell our children that some people believe differently than we do. Kids need to learn to be good witnesses and if they are informed about other religions, they may be better prepared to explain why being saved/having a relationship with Jesus is really all about.

    I guess my point was that I didn't understand WHY there were other religions and was caught off-guard as to answer some people when I'd try to explain what being a true Christian really means. Hope I made sense.
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    Bible-believing Christians have a mandate to teach their children about Jesus and the salvation He offers. How could we not? Who would keep that from their children?

    There are many in the religion of Churchianity who do not understand salvation - and because you can't teach what you don't know, there are many kids who don't "get it".

    Christianity is different from ALL other belief systems in that it is the truth. Jesus said He was the Way the Truth and the Life and no one comes to the Father but by Him.
    No other religions say that. They are all contrary to the truth of the Living God.

    The playing field is not even. You've got the Truth vs. all the lies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mommytoa3rdgradeboy View Post
    I guess I misunderstood the question. I took it to mean 'religion' in general. Hmmm, never really thought about it. I remember being in school-maybe even middle school and learning about 'other' religions and wondering WHY-why would we be learning about other religions but not Christianity. It would briefly be mention. Quite frankly, I didn't realize that there were people out there who didn't believe in God. I just assumed everyone did. I knew Jesus was in my heart so I couldn't figure out why other people would need any other 'gods! I think that, as parents, we should tell our children that some people believe differently than we do. Kids need to learn to be good witnesses and if they are informed about other religions, they may be better prepared to explain why being saved/having a relationship with Jesus is really all about.

    I guess my point was that I didn't understand WHY there were other religions and was caught off-guard as to answer some people when I'd try to explain what being a true Christian really means. Hope I made sense.
    I never understood until I was in high school about other religions, everyone was just supposed to believe in God - - although we didn't go to church much, we'd been exposed enough that I couldn't understand a different religion...


    Quote Originally Posted by Mrs. B View Post
    Bible-believing Christians have a mandate to teach their children about Jesus and the salvation He offers. How could we not? Who would keep that from their children?

    There are many in the religion of Churchianity who do not understand salvation - and because you can't teach what you don't know, there are many kids who don't "get it".

    Christianity is different from ALL other belief systems in that it is the truth. Jesus said He was the Way the Truth and the Life and no one comes to the Father but by Him.
    No other religions say that. They are all contrary to the truth of the Living God.

    The playing field is not even. You've got the Truth vs. all the lies.

    It's important to me that my daughter know about different religions. They are not growing up in the same world we grew up in. This world has people with guns on school buses, and children raised in religions not as peaceful as ours. I feel like it's my duty to prepare her for the world she's in - does that make sense?
    If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have charity, I am nothing. 1 Co 13:2

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    Quote Originally Posted by KissyLoves View Post
    It's important to me that my daughter know about different religions. They are not growing up in the same world we grew up in. This world has people with guns on school buses, and children raised in religions not as peaceful as ours. I feel like it's my duty to prepare her for the world she's in - does that make sense?
    as long as it's taught with the Christian perspective
    Only Christianity can provide the true meaning of life, temporal and eternal



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    Teach religion or teach the Word of God? Religion is created by man and is flawed, because man is flawed. But the Word of God is eternal and without error.
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    For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith - and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God - not by works, so that no one can boast.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buzzardhut View Post
    as long as it's taught with the Christian perspective
    Only Christianity can provide the true meaning of life, temporal and eternal
    Quote Originally Posted by Trance View Post
    Teach religion or teach the Word of God? Religion is created by man and is flawed, because man is flawed. But the Word of God is eternal and without error.
    a discussion i've had many times with my daughter is salvation, and the true meaning of it. How to know if you are a false convert. How to react when you realize someone is a false convert. How to react if someone is violent. Why someone would be violent. Why some people think the world is going to end in 2012. Lifestyles that are different from ours, and why the Bible teaches they are wrong (i.e. alcoholism, children separated from their parents because of neglect, cussing... these are things she sees her friends going through at school). It's just a lot harder to be a kid these days....

    What an awesome opportunity God has given me!! While trying to teach an extremely intelligent child and learn myself, I'm bound to make mistakes, but that's the glory of it. If I'm wrong, I can say to her, "Baby, mommy was wrong. Let's pray about it together and seek God's guidance on this." And we do, right there.
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    Teaching religion is for fools.

    Teaching them about our Father and His Son, now that's worth teaching our kids, and we are told to do so. Here are a couple of my favorite places where it is discussed.

    Deuteronomy 6

    4 “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one![b] 5 You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.
    6 “And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.

    And

    Psalm 78

    5 For He established a testimony in Jacob,
    And appointed a law in Israel,
    Which He commanded our fathers,
    That they should make them known to their children;

    6 That the generation to come might know them,
    The children who would be born,
    That they may arise and declare them to their children,

    7 That they may set their hope in God,
    And not forget the works of God,
    But keep His commandments;

    8 And may not be like their fathers,
    A stubborn and rebellious generation,
    A generation that did not set its heart aright,
    And whose spirit was not faithful to God.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buzzardhut View Post
    they don't want anyone voting for Obama in 2012

    we haven't discussed religion yet
    Well trot those little tykes down to the polls in 2012. Undoubtedly, ACORN already has them registered!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mac View Post
    I have been seeing this topic alot lately on other froms. My mom and dad taking me to church on sunday that is were I learn about Jesus and was save

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    It is our duty to teach our children about Jesus and salvation through Him. I would never think of NOT teaching my children.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CarlaL48 View Post
    Well trot those little tykes down to the polls in 2012. Undoubtedly, ACORN already has them registered!!
    Here is their remark for any school talks on Obama:
    "I listen to my parents, not Obama, Jesus is my king, I am a Christian, not a socialist."

    when asked what is a socialist:
    "The government takes all my money and gives it to people who won't work"



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    Quote Originally Posted by Buzzardhut View Post
    Here is their remark for any school talks on Obama:
    "I listen to my parents, not Obama, Jesus is my king, I am a Christian, not a socialist."

    when asked what is a socialist:
    "The government takes all my money and gives it to people who won't work"
    I like it, Buzz. Kind of the Joe Friday approach to teaching..."Just the facts, ma'am."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buzzardhut View Post
    My boys are 6 and 8
    they learn about Jesus, they know about Noah and the flood, they understand sin, they know the bad guys don't like Jesus, they understand that jesus was pinished on the cross for the things they have done wrong, they have told Jesus they are sorry for doing wrong and ask Jesus if they can be in His family, they are not sure about water baptism, they are ready for the rapture, they know Jesus has a mansion prepared for them, they understand they return with Jesus at the second coming on white horses, they hope their 2 dogs will be with them in the millennium, they understand socialism is wrong, they don't want anyone voting for Obama in 2012


    Quote Originally Posted by Buzzardhut View Post
    we haven't discussed religion yet
    Make sure you don't forget to!

    James 1:27
    Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.
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    Hebrews 12:3-4
    For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls. You have not yet resisted to bloodshed, striving against sin.

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    Just jumping in here. Taught my children about the God of the Bible, about Jesus, sin, repentance, being guided by the Holy Spirit. Taught them that religion is man made, not from God.

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    Quote Originally Posted by His Bride View Post
    Just jumping in here. Taught my children about the God of the Bible, about Jesus, sin, repentance, being guided by the Holy Spirit. Taught them that religion is man made, not from God.

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    Is it wrong to teach your children religion? It depends.
    Is it wrong to teach them faith? Not at all! Faith is probably the best thing you can teach them!

    And, unless your religion brainwashes children, teaches them to hate other people, or to do horrible things like fly planes into buildings (Islamic Fundamentalists) or protest at soldiers funerals (Westboro Baptist Church), then religion just might be a good thing.

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