Religion provides strong foundation for children
Published: Friday, September 23, 2011
Updated: Friday, September 23, 2011 12:09
Do you believe in God? There are various systems of belief from Christianity. From hippies with trees to monks devoting their lives to a higher deity, much of the human race is committed deeply or at least familiar with such a union.
With the human intuition, we would fancy to imagine that a personal matter, such as religion, would not be utilized for an objective other than divine, supernatural connection.
However, throughout history, religious institutions have been used to control entire populations. The famed Catholic kings used it to rid Spain of Arabs. The founding fathers composed the Constitution of the United States, largely, on Christian values.
This is not to assume that all ulterior motives have negative intent. In fact, a number of outside aims are quite positive. Take, for example, raising children.
There are numerous advantages to building the blocks of childhood in structured religion. For children to consistently be in an organized environment with specific goals at hand teaches them the importance of organizing and structuring their everyday activities.
Another critical aspect of childhood is the skill of acquiring humility. In many religions, across both nations and history, there tends to be a constant figure of a savior sacrificed for the greater good of the masses. This ideology lends young children and adults alike to reduce themselves to the individual aside from personal pride or righteousness.
Also, the ideals of the church opinion in reaction to certain elements of society, such as drugs, alcohol and sex, aid in the direct decision making of a young person.
If, from a small age, these items are installed as taboo, or even satanic, it is more likely the individual, as a young adult, would defer from them, decreasing the chance of drunk driving, drug-related addictions and mental health issues.
Aside from structure and opinion of religion, the original intent also offers positive effects on the child-like mind.
Suicide, being one of the main causes of death in teens worldwide, could majorly be avoided with the theology. If one is convinced of a higher being that is all-knowing, they are more likely to reflect upon their situation and reach out to this omnipotent figure.
While the foundation of positive and influential upbringing of children may be deliberated as long as humans exist, one cannot argue that religion is a major factor.
Through the many ideologies and even basic theologies of religion, one has a much higher chance of raising the well-rounded child.