posted on May, 8 2005 @ 08:45 AM
Originally posted by they see ALL
so, what will you tell your kids about God???
(everyone, notice i have a capital "G" in God. YES i AM a christian too...)
will you also tell them of santa clause and the easter bunny???
Not having any, so it's not much of a concern. However, if I were to have my own kids, I'd tell them the same thing I tell my 6 year old niece.
Her dad's parents are 7th day Adventists and have introduced her to the concept of Hell. One night she told me that she dreamt that her dad was
being killed and torn apart by demons! I explained to her that, while her Gram and Gramps might believe that there is such a place as Hell, theirs
was only one of many different beliefs. I told her that there are some people who believe that we are reborn in new bodies after we die; some people
believe nothing happens and we just stop existing; and some people (myself included) believe that when we die, we rejoin the infinite source of
everything and become part of the One again.
I also told her that since none of us really know what happens, we'll just have to find out when we get there, but that I'm not worried, because if
there is a God of love and light and nothing can oppose Its will, then there's nothing to fear anyways.
As my niece gets older and more inquisitive, I will do my best to aid her in her quest for understanding, but I will NEVER tell her what she should or
should not believe. My goal, as someone she looks up to, is merely to set a good example for her to follow and to help guide her thru all the
obstacles she will face on her way to being a independent adult.
As for Santa Clause, I don't know if I would tell my kids (were I to have any) he was real or not...I never believed in him, but I do like the
magical aspect of believing in something fantastical, and kids are the only ones who can really experience that, so I really don't know.