reply to post by saint4God
"I've not placed judgement upon anyone and I'm sorry if you feel that I have."
Oh but you have. You have judged us as being liers and harmful people.
"I've not said/implied that anyone who tells the story of Santa is going to Hell (for all have sinned and fall short of the Glory of God, through
Christ we are save hence the celebration of Christmas)."
If you didn`t, then that`s good. We all create our own he--.
"In fact, I thought I made quite clear that the consequences of lying to one's own children has serious consequences here and now on earth"
No, you didn`t, can you show proof that this has caused serious consequences here and now. I`m sure there are other bigger things that have caused
such dire straights then this. Not allowing others to use free will could cause even bigger problems. Remember, God gave us free will.
"I'm not sure how this has turned into a religious affront, as this topic has to do with discussing whether or not a teacher should have told the
children the truth."
It`s not the idea of the teacher telling what you believe as being truth. It`s the idea some people want to control others use of free will. You don`t
have the right to regulate free will. No more then those who don`t feel you have the right to teach your children about Jesus or God. And if your
going to say that one is a lie, and the other isn`t, what one may call a lie, another may call it truth. In other words, we can believe in whatever we
want without someone judging us for it. We have no right to take away someones elses belief system.
"You do not have to be a Christian to say the parents should not have lied to their children."
Some may feel the same way about your belief system, it`s a two way street. I happen to believe in both. My choice, not someone elses to make or
"Many Christians perpetuate the santa myth, though I see a contradiction in that belief."
So what, it`s their God given right. Live and let live is the name of the game. You compair your belief system with theirs, and find it different,
"If we could remain within the topic, it may add some clarity for the situation to those (including myself) who do not see a connection between the
mythological flying reindeer pilot and the Christian faith."
This is within the topic. It`s about truth, and what we see as truth. As I stated before, what one may see as a truth, may not be seen as a truth by
another, it works both ways. As I said, I believe in both, and even if the teacher thought they were right in saying what they did to those kids was
the truth, they should have told the kids eveyone has a right to believe what they want. The teacher placed his/her belief over theirs, and that`s not
right. I don`t tell others what they can think, feel, do or believe, why should I stand for others doing it to me, or to someone else?
[edit on 16-12-2008 by FiatLux]