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Kids or Children

Do you refer to children as kids?

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I was reading an interesting debate on whether Christians should refer to their children as kids

So just out of interest (not for any legalistic debate)...what are your thoughts? :)

Here's a couple of Bible verses that mention goats/kids

The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.
Isaiah 11:6

And He shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left........
Then shall He say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels
Matthew 25:33 & 41
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The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.
John 1:29

So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou Me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; Thou knowest that I love Thee. He saith unto him, Feed My lambs.
John 21:15

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1Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. 2But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. 3To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out. 4And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice. 5And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers. 6This parable spake Jesus unto them: but they understood not what things they were which he spake unto them.

7Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep. 8All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them. 9I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. 10The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

11I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. 12But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep. 13The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep. 14I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine. 15As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep. 16And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd. 17Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. 18No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.

19There was a division therefore again among the Jews for these sayings. 20And many of them said, He hath a devil, and is mad; why hear ye him? 21Others said, These are not the words of him that hath a devil. Can a devil open the eyes of the blind?

John 10:1-21

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@Fragrant Grace
Dear sister. I've never thought about it at great length.

In honesty, I've always seen it as interchangeable and have referenced them with either one with no particular attention to situation.

When it comes to my own. Normally I would use children, but have used kids as well....."those children are driving me crazy"....Now a days I normally say "boy" or "girl" or "son & daughter" when referencing to them. I do it in this light, because as I get older, my hope is that even if I forget their names. I should still be able to identify whether they are a boy or a girl. :)

Not to give children a totally bad name, I do have to add. Having watched children (and some adults) eat when they were smaller.....kids would work as well...."Those kids are eating us out of house and home"......

Very interesting in how we address our little treasures.
Where I live they mean the same thing, with no negative connatation on either, although people saying children are typically trying harder to "say" the right thing grammatically (all the time, like an english teacher). Personally, I think that as long as communcation is good, the proper ideas put forward, the words used mean less.
Mine are not kids...I have 4 critters, 12 grandcritters and 14 greatgrandcritters but I have no kids....LOL
Children or lambs (if they are christian!)

Not kids. I dont like kids and wont have kids. Sorry. I always referred to children in my class by name or as children or boys and girls, I think its insulting to call a child a kid. Kids eventually grow into goats.

Jesus always referred to children by his pet name of lambs, and of course he is the Lamb of God.

By the way isnt is interesting that a German shepherd is a dog...that looks like a wolf.

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