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Originally posted by kidflash2008
reply to post by asmeone2
If you want to instill values and give them a rough idea, I'd suggest a Unitarian Church. They don't really push anyone into any one belief. If your children decide they want to become born again Baptists, it would be their decision and not your mothers. My mother wants me to get back with the Catholic Church. Being a Pagan myself, it ain't going to happen.
Morality does not need religion, but religion needs morality. The golden rule is the best rule that should guide one's life.
Dewey: Like Pastor Roy said, how God is so much bigger and wiser than us, and trying to see what He's thinking would be like an ant trying to see what I'm thinking.
Teacher: Yes, exactly. But we can trust in His wisdom, and have faith that He is watching over us.
Dewey: Like me with the anthill in my backyard. I spent days watching the ants, trying to figure out which ones were good, and which ones were bad, but they all just looked like ants, so I started smiting all of them.
Teacher: Well that's not --
Dewey: I was smiting them with the garden hose, and with lighter fluid, and with the lawnmower, and to be perfectly honest, I think I went a little crazy with the shovel. Those ants could have been praying to me all day, I wouldn't have heard them.
Dewey: There was nothing they could do about it.
Teacher: But, I don't think --
Dewey: Really, it's the same with us. There's nothing we can do about anything either, so why worry about it? Hey, this is making me feel better.
Teacher: Well, that's good, but --
Dewey: I guess all we can do is live our lives with as much kindness and decency as possible, and try not to dwell on God standing over us with a giant shovel. Bye!
There's nothing wrong with following religion per se, but it's so wrong to try to scare others into believing anything. Has your mother said anything about the kids going to hell if they don't believe in Jesus, etc? In other words, has she pulled out the big guns?
Originally posted by Clearskies
Children are usually very in touch with their spirituality!
If you don't teach them about God, you will go against reality.
You have to get YOURSELF straight, before you can teach them by example.
By 'straight', I don't mean moral. There's more to belief than that.
But, it's a big part.
Expose them to faith and see.
In my opinion, when you truly believe what you do, you will raise your children in that path without shame of being labeled a heavy or a brainwasher. If I told my son to figure it out for himself or to find his own path without any solid guidance from my end, it would be a very poor indicator of my own faith or placing 'coolness' over being a spiritual leader.