New Era: New Religion

Shammara is a pursuing journalist who enjoys fashion and believes everyone has a purpose in life.

As the years go by and there are manly scientific advancements in medicine, opposition or straying from religion is seen in increasing numbers in the younger generation. Religion has become one of the most controversial topic between teenagers and parents in the 21st century. What was once done as common practice is now on the forefront of being questioned or often done involuntarily.

In my perspective, I consider myself agonistic. I do not attend church regularly and my mother is not religious of any form. Many teenagers are taking the same stance which is resulted in uproar from parents. In every parent-teenager relationship, are different situations but in a religious family the circumstances for a teenager to express their own individuality are outstanding. For example , there is a gay male in my school is forced to hide his sexuality because of his religious parents who view homosexuality as a sin and should be punished. On the contrary, many teenagers as oppose to earlier generations are well protected by the stand they hold on religion in society today.

As a parent, even if your own personal belief is you should regularly attend church or perform prayer for any monotheistic or polytheistic religion, you should never force it on your teenager. Teenagers who have sardonic parents who constantly ridicule their ways of thinking, usually grow distant as they age. To build a great relationship with your teenager the best thing to posses is an open mind. No matter how hard it is to accept, when one accepts the thoughts of your child, it helps to build the relationship between you two.

All over the world, there are different takes on religion. Some people are Christian while others are Atheist. The dawning truth, that haunt many, is that everyone is born to follow what they believe in even if you don’t quite agree. This fundamental should always be followed to build a great relationship with a teenager. The known fact (Though many oblivious parents are clueless to such) is no matter what you enforce on a child, only if one believes it or learns from what you have enforced will they continue to follow the “rule” into adulthood.



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One Response to “New Era: New Religion”

  1. Tony Myles
    March 9, 2011 at 9:29 pm #

    I like your intention to try to build a bridge between parents and teens when it comes to faith. Something you may not be considering, however, is the fact that the parents of teenagers in this generation aren’t as biblically literate as the generation before them. When young people have questions about religion, their moms and dads aren’t equipped to answer them – thus resulting in more of a “do it because I do it” religion being passed down versus something authentic and alive.

    According to psychologist and researcher Dr James Fowler, this stage of teenager’s faith is “Synthetic-Conventional.” During adolescence, a young person’s faith becomes more related to the way it affects his relationships and overall world. Rather than stand out as abnormal, he may opt to create a social structure of his peers who believe similar things and affirm truth by a majority of opinion. Teenagers may utilize this encouragement structure as the means to develop their own personal relationship with God, or they may enjoy the safety of their peers until they graduate from high school and realize a desire for a new social circle to guide them and their beliefs.

    This overall stage can be negatively marked with inconsistency, rapid paradigm shifts and the questioning of authority. However, it can also become the most amazing positive foundation for a personal relationship with God, social justice issues, relational integrity, reconciliation, evangelism and spiritual habits that last a lifetime. The difference tracks back to whether they live merely in the “story of their church,” or fully in the Story of God

    The bottom line is that if the emerging generation wants to seek God, most do so emotionally – they “feel” what they want about life, and then form a theology about God based on it. This is a dangerous approach, as it’s creating a spirituality where we tell God who He is (or isn’t, or if He exists), versus asking, “Does God exist? And if so, would I willingly change my life to follow Him, even in areas I disagree with Him on now?”

    Again – great topic. Thanks for letting me add a perspective to it.

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