Tag: Bullies

Religious kids are meaner?

Not one of my typical blogs – please comment your reactions:

Religious children are meaner than their secular counterparts, study finds

From the Guardian: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/nov/06/religious-children-less-altruistic-secular-kids-study

The moment of truth. No pressure, kid. Photograph: Allen Donikowski/Getty Images/Flickr RM

Children from religious families are less kind and more punitive than those from non-religious households, according to a new study.

Academics from seven universities across the world studied Christian, Muslim and non-religious children to test the relationship between religion and morality.

They found that religious belief is a negative influence on children’s altruism.

“Overall, our findings … contradict the commonsense and popular assumption that children from religious households are more altruistic and kind towards others,” said the authors of The Negative Association Between Religiousness and Children’s Altruism Across the World, published this week in Current Biology.

“More generally, they call into question whether religion is vital for moral development, supporting the idea that secularisation of moral discourse will not reduce human kindness – in fact, it will do just the opposite.”

Almost 1,200 children, aged between five and 12, in the US, Canada, China, Jordan, Turkey and South Africa participated in the study. Almost 24% were Christian, 43% Muslim, and 27.6% non-religious. The numbers of Jewish, Buddhist, Hindu, agnostic and other children were too small to be statistically valid.

They were asked to choose stickers and then told there were not enough to go round for all children in their school, to see if they would share. They were also shown film of children pushing and bumping one another to gauge their responses.

The findings “robustly demonstrate that children from households identifying as either of the two major world religions (Christianity and Islam) were less altruistic than children from non-religious households”.

Older children, usually those with a longer exposure to religion, “exhibit[ed] the greatest negative relations”.

The study also found that “religiosity affects children’s punitive tendencies”. Children from religious households “frequently appear to be more judgmental of others’ actions”, it said.

Muslim children judged “interpersonal harm as more mean” than children from Christian families, with non-religious children the least judgmental. Muslim children demanded harsher punishment than those from Christian or non-religious homes.

At the same time, the report said that religious parents were more likely than others to consider their children to be “more empathetic and more sensitive to the plight of others”.

The report pointed out that 5.8 billion humans, representing 84% of the worldwide population, identify as religious. “While it is generally accepted that religion contours people’s moral judgments and pro-social behaviour, the relation between religion and morality is a contentious one,” it said.

The report was “a welcome antidote to the presumption that religion is a prerequisite of morality”, said Keith Porteus Wood of the UK National Secular Society.

“It would be interesting to see further research in this area, but we hope this goes some way to undoing the idea that religious ethics are innately superior to the secular outlook. We suspect that people of all faiths and none share similar ethical principles in their day to day lives, albeit may express them differently depending on their worldview.”

According to the respected Pew Research Center, which examines attitudes toward and practices of faith, most people around the world think it is necessary to believe in God to be a moral person. In the US, 53% of adults think that faith in God is necessary to morality, a figure which rose to seven of 10 adults in the Middle East and three-quarters of adults in six African countries surveyed by Pew.

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Bullies and Religion

Bullies are mean.  They try to build themselves up by putting other people down.

Religion is mean because it builds up it’s followers by putting others down that don’t follow the religion.

“You’re going to hell!” no “You’re going to hell!”, well, we all know that “he is going to hell!”

Rules, regulations, and a man’s desire to build a stairway to heaven.  Your hair is too long, you smoke, you drink, you listen to rock music, you listen to jazz, you read the wrong Bible.

C’mon folks.  Stop being a bully.  Lay down your gavel and stop being the judge.  Criticizing someone else isn’t going to get you closer to God.  Standing on the street corner yelling won’t show the way to a loving God.  Hating everyone that isn’t like you isn’t going to make God love you more.  There’s a speck in your eye.  There’s a plank in mine.  Sorry  for all the times I’ve been a bully.

 

Luke 18:9 To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everyone else, Jesus told this parable: 10 “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’

13 “But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’

14 “I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”

Bullies

I imagine that bullies have been around since the beginning of mankind.  That fact doesn’t help anyone who is bullied feel any better.  Bullies in previous generations were limited to the school yard and neighborhood taunts.  Now they are on the internet and can target their victims in numerous ways.

Why do we feel the need to bully?  Does it make us feel better?  Do we like to make others suffer?  If we are bullies as children, do we grow up to be bullies as adults?

If you are a bully, stop and confess it today.  Repent and ask God to change your heart.  If you are being bullied ask God to strengthen you – it won’t last forever.  Those who are taunting you will soon leave your life and forget about you.

Reach out and love someone today.  Pull them up and give them a hug.  You may turn a life around for eternity.

2 Kings 2:22-24

Elisha Is Jeered

23 From there Elisha went up to Bethel. As he was walking along the road, some boys came out of the town and jeered at him. “Get out of here, baldy!” they said. “Get out of here, baldy!” 24 He turned around, looked at them and called down a curse on them in the name of the Lord. Then two bears came out of the woods and mauled forty-two of the boys.