Religion can play a very important part in holding a family together. Having religious education taught to people can play a key role in stabilising and making families stronger. Learning about how being part of an organised faith can help family have stability and emotional support can be very important for making communities and families stronger. If children are going through a bad time sometimes parents can be lost as to what to do and religious communities and an immovable faith can help to give parents guidance about parental and marriage responsibilities and how to make things better. Believe it or not a number of studies have examined the role of religion promoting strong families through religion.
A study of 90 African American families published in the Journal Developmental Psychology examined the role of religion in family harmony. The study found that more religious parents had more cohesive family relationships. According to this research, more religious parents had fewer conflicts in their marriage, and the adolescents in these families were better at regulating their emotions and actions which leads to stronger families and reduced divorces.
Learning through religious education that religious children are more connected to their families can help teach others how religion makes families stronger. All the major religions such as Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism and Islam teach strong family bonds and give examples of how to take care of family members. This makes for stronger families and more connected families.
The journal Family Relations by Douglas A. Abbott, published a study examining whether religion had a beneficial effect on family life. The study, which followed more than 200 married men and women of 20 different religions living in urban settings, found that those who were religious reported that they had stronger families. The researchers believe this is due to the community support provided by organized religion.
As a general rule, organized religion can present a high level of community support for a family which can help in making for strong families. Religion itself can help guide a family about the core values and behaviours that good or bad for a group of people and how to ensure that these are followed. Right and wrong is also heavily stressed in religions and having fear of doing wrong makes your family stronger as you will avoid doing something that might at its be sinful. This sense of moral “right” or “wrong” is stronger than the bonds of the family and because of this people are more likely to adhere to the rules which leads to stronger families. Of course this does not mean if things are really bad you would carry on in that situation, but more that religion acts as a guiding stone and cements family relationships.
In Islam Children are expected to respect their parents. The child’s duties to its parents are second only to its duties to Allah. Commandments from the Qur’an, and also the sayings of the Prophet Muhammad, talk about the respect children should have for their parents.
Qur’an 17 ayat 23-24 Your Lord has commanded that you worship none but Him and that you be kind to your parents. If one of them or both of them reach old age with you, do not say to them a word of disrespect… and act humbly to them in mercy.
Christianity one way to create opportunities to share your faith with your kids is to pray with them every day and do a weekly family devotional, even if only for five minutes. Jesus said, “Everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.” (Matthew 7:24-25).
This truth applies to families. At some point, storms will come to every family. But when you proactively build a strong family identity on the rock of Christ, your family can withstand whatever winds and rains come your way. A strong family identity will give your kids a solid foundation to cling to during those difficult times.
So overall learning all of the above via religious education will trach people about holding families together and making them stronger. It is important to stress that most religions have a strong sense of community and working together to help keep communities and families together which leads to a better family and community life.