Potentially, leaving a child UN-instructed in any belief system is inhuman.
Every culture teaches their offspring the beliefs of the people. Your parents determine what you are first exposed to, so obviously you can accept it
or not, but soon enough, the child will be an adult and legally able to do as she or he wishes concerning belief systems.
Child abuse is child abuse. But teaching them little to nothing about God leaves them dealing with things from a sadly limited human perspective
Isn't that really more cruel? People need support, and the ability to gain further understanding, all their lives. I want my son to be able to find
it when he seeks it, all through his lifetime. I want him to make rational decisions about his faith, and not blindly follow. Anyone with kids knows
this is completely foolish, since kids are rebellious by nature to whatever their parents teach. Only as adults can they have a mature outlook about
those topics of dissent. Why would the parents' religion be any different?
However, the Bible mentions that people will never be ashamed if they trust God. As a parent that wants my child to trust and believe me, it is
incumbent upon me to make sure that what I teach holds up through the test of adulthood and changing times.
I came to Christ as the result of much study, questioning, observation, and finally, logical conclusion. I give my son the very best of what I have
to give, and it's up to him to receive proof, and a real God has no problem providing my son or anyone else with their own front-row seat to His
Your point is well made and well taken, Mamabeth! Thanks for giving people a chance to have an open discussion about this topic. I read the comment
that inspired this thread, so I understand where you're coming from. If most people felt that way, it would become apparent in their answers, and
they could make a case, rather than a baseless accusation.
People who abuse kids are abusers, period. If only abuse WAS confined to religious figures, it would be much easier to shut down.