A child is not born with the idea of God in its mind, parents teach them to love/ not love God. Is it fair to let the child choose for him/herself what spiritual path he/ should take instead of being forced by the parent's religion/ society? Afterall, all Gods from across all religions are good and lead to the same spiritual path, right?
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I am in the exact same situation as yourself! I've often wondered if my being unreligious in front of my growing kids is ok... Your words gave me some confidence. I wud not let my non-beliefs interrupt my children's... Thanks for your answer! :)
I never understand why people vote down very meaningful comments and I totally agree with your stance. The rules of HP are to only vote down if it doesn't contribute to the conversation - not if you disagree. Oh well, I'll say it - Good Answer! :D
Very well said! We adults always want to live in a democratic society free of restrictions, then why force our own child to follow the religious rules passed down by our ancesters?
Without brainwashing and Santa and the Bunny, many others have no excuse to be together for Christmas and Easter. Learning to reason helps in understanding ideas. Some people hold onto ideas because it is comforting, not because it is reasonable.
No one is born with an innate belief in anything. We are all blank computers awaiting programming. That programming can be either beneficial or detrimental to their well being.
I agree! Forcing a child into following your religion does not make him/ her a believer like the parent. And by accepting it without wanting to, the child is simply submitting to fear & will develop dislike for what it forcefully taught!
PRECISELY. BUT IF YOU FIND YOUR OWN PATH... DID YOU INVENT IT, OR WAS IT IN...VENTED FROM ELSEWHERE? WHAT IS "YOUR" PATH? WHAT IS "MY" PATH? NO ONE HAS OWNERSHIP IN LIFE... MY, MINE, OURS..ONLY THING THAT WORKS THERE, I'M AFRAID.. IS, OUR FATHER!
my own path as in what i believe in - i.e. God, Jesus' teachings, he dies for our sins, the holy bible.
Very nice practical advice about researching the new path first.
Thanks for joining the discussion!