5 Reasons Why Religion Should Be Taught In Schools

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Here are 5 practical reasons that religion or Christianity, should be taught in the Bible.

Religion as a Subject

Religion is a way of living, but sadly not everyone gets to learn that being a believer is an option, or they learn about it quite late in life when there are already some mistakes that could have been avoided. This is why it is crucial to help school students learn what religion is and how it can help them early in life, while they are still on the path of defining who they are and who they want to be in the future. Teaching religion at school is no less important than teaching other subjects that are meant to help students become worthy people and have a good future, a future that makes them happy and helps them serve their community. There are many palpable reasons why religion should be taught at school, and here are some of the most evident ones.

Finding Their Purpose

Most young people struggle when it comes to finding their true purpose in life, and indeed, it is hard to find that one thing you can be truly passionate about, however, having God in your life will make this process much easier as you will always have a special power to rely on; an advisor that always wants what’s best for you. Studying religion in school will bring you closer to God early in life, making all of your important choices easier, and helping you eliminate all the sinful options that might corrupt your way of thinking.

Studying religion will help you understand this precious gift God has given to the humankind as God “has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire” (2 Pet 1:4). Being a young believer means knowing how to set the important and the trivial things apart, always having the needed guidance and advice that will help you mold yourself into a good person and find your calling in life.

Hope in Distressful Times

There is no doubt that we live in times of great distress and trouble where religion is the only way people can stay together and keep moving despite all the hardships. In these trying times, it is crucial to know the right path to God, have faith and hope that tomorrow will be better; the faith that makes you believe in miracles even when the world seems to be going down the path of self-destruction. The people who know God in their hearts are aware of how important it is to “stay awake, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming” (Matt 24:42).

Exploring religion while still doing school studies gives students a chance to develop the type of faith that cannot get undermined by life’s challenges. True believers are able to overcome obstacles, for it is their faith in God that gets them through uncertain times, even making miracles possible.

Moral Values

As time goes by, the world is showing more and more signs of high moral values being abandoned while people increasingly choose to live a sinful life. Amoral behaviors are not only tolerated but also encouraged in the young people today who did not get a chance to put their trust in Christ. At some schools, religious studies are optional, but most schools don’t even give students that option. Since the very institution of school is known to be the place of education, Christianity should also become an integral part of that education because it is in our nation’s roots. Religious studies give students a chance to choose the right path early in life, a path of purity, and to choose to live by high moral standards. God should be an essential part of their education since “everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure” (1 John 3:3). Students should get the chance to make the right start in life and foster proper moral values that will make them into good, productive citizens and devoted followers Christ.

Coexisting

One of the essentials that students don’t really get to learn at school is how to co-exist with people of different religions or backgrounds. They need instruction in how to live in harmony and peace with all people, and it is the spiritual side of living that can help them learn how to live that way. Considering the very nature of Christianity, it holds the potential to not only teach students how to live a virtuous life, but to help them learn how to live in greater harmony with the world, including the people they disagree with. Scripture tells us that “all who listen to me will live in peace, untroubled by fear of harm” (Proverbs 1:33). Every believer is equally important to the Lord, but not everyone gets to learn that, like where the Apostle John wrote, “See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him” (1 John 3:1).

Blessings

Being a believer means living a more joyful life. When you’ve trusted in Christ, the troubles and hardships that come will allow you to see that “all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, if you obey the voice of the Lord your God” (Deut 28:2). This is why teaching religion at school can help students see just how fortunate they are even to be walking the earth. It can teach them to appreciate the little things in life, the things that matter much more than material wealth possessions or a certain social standing status in society.

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Conclusion

Being introduced to religion as a teenager is a blessing itself, for hopefully, one gets to experience a lifetime of spirituality and faith with the Lord leading the way to a better tomorrow. Students need to get the privilege of learning what religion is and how it can help them live a fuller, more meaning life; a life where they are able to recognize the blessings they get on a daily basis, and to live a life of greater obedience than those who’ve never believed in God.

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Resource – Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV®), Crossway Bibles. (2007). ESV: Study Bible: English standard version. Wheaton, Ill: Crossway Bibles. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Author’s Bio: Amy Smith is a devoted Christian believer, an experienced educator, and a writer at domyessay.com. She is hopeful that people will soon recognize the importance of religious studies in secondary education and the way religion shapes personality.



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