This essay explains why it might be hard for parents to bring up children in the Christian faith.

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In order to answer this question we must firstly look at what is done at the birth of the child. If they are baptised as a baby, they clearly include no opinion in the situation. If this child doesn't believe in this faith there will be obvious rise against this as they get older and realise what it means.

Furthermore, a particularly social child who is busy quite a lot of the time may find it hard to go to Church when they are supposed to and make time for other things like prayer etc. These things all take time where a child could be doing other activities that they would prefer to be doing than attending church. As well as this, to a child who isn't a Christian because of their own decision church will be very pointless because it doesn't meet with what they believe in at all.

The influence of the media is also extremely overwhelming. Books with titles such as "Persecution: How Liberals Are Waging War against Christianity", will obviously put children off from being a Christian all together. As well as this, religions and groups that are against the Christian faith may make children avoid the faith because they are swayed by others.

It's not just the influence of the media that dejects children from their faith, it's also peer pressure. Many children may be teased or bullied for being a strong Christian in a community where others aren't particularly religious. This makes it predominantly hard for the parents because children don't want to be Christian so that the hardships that they are put through stop and so they can fit in more at school, social clubs etc.

The concluding point of agreeing with this statement is: those in adolescence become very disobedient and don't want to follow the rules or do what they are told. This provokes arguments between parents and children about anything which can jeopardise their faith and relationship between each other.

But there are those who would definitely disagree with the statement. These are some of the reasons why this would be so:

* Being Christians, parents and child would just have to ask God for help.

* Christian youth clubs provide children with access to Christian friends. This is only really possible if the youth group leader is a good one and can keep things fun and interesting for the kids.

In conclusion to this essay, I agree with the statement, "Bringing up children in the Christian faith is a difficult task." But this can be made easier if the family is strong enough and close enough to God.