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“Children cannot be disciples, so they cannot be Christians either” - Do you agree? Give reasons for your opinion, showing that you have considered more than one point of view.

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"Children cannot be disciples, so they cannot be Christians either." Do you agree? Give reasons for your opinion, showing that you have considered more than one point of view. I disagree with this statement. A disciple is one who learns and who does Gods will. These traits are reflected in children as they can be seen as eager to learn, trusting and loving. Children can be seen to be followers of Jesus in very simple ways. Children have the ability to show compassion and concern for others. This is the way Christians should be towards God. Children can be seen as followers of Jesus in simple acts such as sharing sweets or toys. ...read more.

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On the other hand though, it can be argued that many children often attend church every Sunday proving that they are capable of deep commitment to God. In fact, it can be said that children often reflect on their sins more and feel guiltier about them than many adults. In his ministry, Jesus made it clear that he thought children should be treated with respect and not looked down upon. We are told in 'Jesus and the children' that Jesus' disciples rebuked some parents who took their children to see him. Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me and do not stop them, for the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these... ...read more.

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This means that they do not get the chance to explore the various religious traditions and decide whether they really want to be a Christian. However, it can also be argued that if children were left to their own choices over their discipleship they would enjoy Christianity for a while, and then move on. They have no concept of the term forever. This would transform organised religion into a fashion and remove us from the presence of God. With all of the arguments for and against this statement taken into consideration, I still disagree that children cannot be Christians. However, it is important to remember that being a Christian is a serious matter and there are many good reasons why children perhaps are not ready to be Christians By Siobhan Mone ...read more.

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