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    What Do Children Understand About God?



    What do kids understand about God?

    Jean Piaget the Swiss early pioneer of child development concluded that children were incapable of having a true concept of God; they just thought of Him as a supersized, magical version of their parents. But more recent research is suggesting that Piaget was underestimating kids.
    Children as young as four understand that a prayer is qualitatively different than a wish that it's a special kind of conversation between them and God.

    It's around that same age that kids show some appreciation of divine omnipotence and omniscience. They can explain to you that a person made a car or a pizza, but it was God who made the mountains.
    By five or six, they understand that, even though Mommies are very smart, God knows things that Mommies can't know. And they have a fluent enough mastery of that principle, that they can predict God's superior knowledge in novel circumstances.

    School-age children believe that God is in direct control of their lives much more so than adolescents or adults.
    http://blog.newsweek.com/blogs/nurtu...about-god.aspx
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    Kids don't really understand. They think they do because they are brought from such a young age and they figure if everyone they know including their parents, who they look up to the most, thinks this is correct then it must be. We're brought up in America to eat cows, pigs and chickens. But other countries they think this is ridiculous and disgusting, yet they'll eat bugs and other stuff that we think is disgusting. Coincidentally, many of these places where they eat what is taboo to us they have higher rates of other religions. It's all what you're brought up with. I think a child will begin to fully understand around age 13 or 14.
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    Ha! Any great sage or holy man will tell you that in order to realize the presence of God you must become like a 5 yr old, because God does'nt reviel himself to the prudent and the wise, but unto babes (suck it!).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pandarilla 72 View Post
    Ha! Any great sage or holy man will tell you that in order to realize the presence of God you must become like a 5 yr old, because God does'nt reviel himself to the prudent and the wise, but unto babes.
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    Just like monsters and Santa Claus only reveal themselves to little kids.
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