Do you believe or not believe in God and...

Dana - posted on 10/23/2010 ( 51 moms have responded )

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What do you tell your children when they ask. Do you just tell them a simple yes or no? Does anyone tell them "No, I don't but, there are others who do believe in God" or "Yes I do, but, there are others who don't believe he's real". Do you let your beliefs push your child into your views by not sharing other views? How many people actually let their child find their own way?

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Johnny - posted on 10/24/2010

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I don't believe in God. I don't not believe in god. I hold no firm opinion, with the exception that I'm fairly certain that all human created religions are incorrect. When she asks, that's pretty much what I'll tell her. She is free to form her own opinions as she grows. Mine have not been static through my life and I'm sure hers won't be either. I will be happy to share with her the stories and myths of all religions. If one resonates with her, that's her business. If she wishes to attend a church, synagogue, temple or mosque, I'll drive her there. If she chooses to get baptized or anything else, I will attend if I am welcome. I will refuse to silently sit by if she joins a faith that advocates separation from one's family. And she'll get a piece of action if she attempts to proselytize to me.

Charlie - posted on 10/23/2010

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I will tell them different people from all around the world hold different beliefs in a higher power some call it god , some call it Buddah , Mohammud , mother nature , Gaia , Vishnu ect ect .

I will explain just as there is many different cultures there are equally as many religions and beliefs and that i personally am not certain that any one belief is correct that in my opinion they are all speaking of the same higher power that their own culture and environment has manifested this power into a person , a name , an identity , personal and significant to each respective religion .

I welcome my child to explore religion if they choose to , i also welcome them to choose to ignore any religious beliefs .

I for one am fascinated by the names and practices of the universes higher power but i dont believe its a man in the sky or a blue six armed Indian or a woman with magic powers .

Although i think if it were to have a sex a woman would make MUCH more sense considering the creator is the one who gives birth to life ........

Me i just believe in infinate energy :D

Kylie - posted on 10/23/2010

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I don't believe in God..when my daughter ask me who is God i've told her some people believe he created them and the earth and they love and pray to him and it makes them feel better. I tell her i believe we come from the earth and we should be thankful every day for the blessing mother earth gives us and we can show respect by taking care of the environment and being respectful to all it's creatures and people.. She wants to know who baby Jesus is too and i've told her the story of Christmas...i've told her the story of the Noah and the arch and i've told her about Jesus dying and resurrection and that chocolate eggs symbolize rebirth. She hasn't asked me about Jehovah or Buddha so i haven't mentioned any other types of Gods. I've told my daughter if she wants to goto church and can go with her Grandma but she doesn't want to.

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Thanks Mylene for your honest answer, and for not taking offense! (And thanks, Dana, for also answering!)

I agree with this..."What I KNOW in my heart is that everything happens for a reason, that a higher power is there and we never will fully understand it."

I'd add (for me personally) that I know the God of the Bible is real and the Jesus is God's Son, and the Holy Spirit indwells in believers, bringing them peace and understanding.

But if you have issues with the Bible, I understand how you don't believe that. To me, Christianity and the Bible go hand in hand. You can't separate the two. And I honestly believe the problems with "religion" come from mis-interpretation or changing or ignoring the text.

I honestly mean it when I say I hope you find the peace you are looking for.

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@ Kelly, I understand what you mean when you say people who have faith seem so at peace. I really wish I could feel this peace as well.

My parents are catholic but do not practice... I was baptized. My hubby is Protestant and was baptized in his Church. Neither of us believe in organized religion but we do believe in a higher power. I went to a Christian school for 5 years where we were also taught about other religions. I welcomed the opportunity to learn about other faiths. I came to the conclusion that most religions believe in the same thing with differences in how they practice. I attended Church (Christian) with my grand-mother growing up. I cannot say that I believe in the Bible but I do believe in God. My God is not Christian, my God is not from any particular religion. I often ask my higer power to help me out or to give me a sign. I thank my higher power for all I have.

When the kids ask about religion I will be teaching them about whatever religion they ask about. I am not going to ush them in a specific direction but rather educate them to all the possibilities. My step-sons have very religious (Christian) grand-parents and when they ask me if I believe in god, I don't lie. I say yes but I explain that what they are taught is one way to see religion and other people have different beliefs. I told them that they could learn about every religion and make their mind up with what feels right for them. My son is too young to understand (2) but we are giving him free will. We will give him the information he requests. He is not baptized and will not be until he requests it much to the dismay of my mother.

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I've never told Jacob about God because I don't believe. My aunt was shocked when I told her that never once has he said a bedtime prayer. I think a lot of people assume that because someone doesn't believe in any god that we are raising evil heathens. Not true. When he's old enough and asks questions, I will answer to the best of my ability or I'll help him research on the computer or at the library. Any religion. And if he decides when he's older that he believes differently than I do then that's ok with me. I just want him making a decision based on thought and research, rather than just believing because I put him in church or Sunday school from day one. And when he eventually asks me (and I'm sure he will...we live in a small community with about 20 churches), I'll tell him that I don't believe in God, but that many people do and we'll go from there.

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I believe in Jesus...and this is what I will teach my kids. I was raised in church and will raise my kids in church. They might change when they become adults,that will be their choice but I will pray that they don't turn from God.
(just a Q : how can you be a CHRISTian and not believe in Jesus Christ...Christian means to be a follower of Christ or Christ like?) I don't understand how ppl say they are christian and don't believe in the Bible or God...

Amanda - posted on 05/27/2011

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I am Christian and believe that I will teach my children about Jesus. I have been a christian all of my life and have had many great experiences! My kids love to go to church, and Sunday School. We pray and sing together at home. My daughter likes "this little light of mine" and "Jesus Loves Me". My son is only 16 months so he is too young to understand anything yet. (another note... i was wondering how someone can be CHRISTian and not believe in Jesus Christ b/c the word christian means Christ Like,follower of Christ.

ME - posted on 10/25/2010

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I am Catholic, and my children are baptized. They go to church with me most weekends. They will learn and understand our religion. My sister is a practicing Buddhist. They will also learn and understand hers. I do not care which religion (if any) they choose to follow. All paths go to the same place in my opinion.

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I believe it's the parent's job to bring the child up in the religion they practice. It's not that I don't share other views in order to ensure that they stay in our religion, and they are free to choose later, but they will get as much exposure and information about our religion first.

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Sara, this doesn't offend me at all. I actually think that answering your question can bring me closer to understanding my own beliefs.

What I mean by not having peace yet is that I do have faith in a higher power, I do have the belief that we are the product of a being we do not understand. But I still have doubts about certain aspects of my beliefs. I haven't found where exactly I am comfortable.

What I think my issue is here is that I feel attracted to Christianity because I was raised that way but I have a lot of issues with the Church and how the religion itself is organized. I am very skeptical about the interpretation of the Bible and I cannot truly associate with it. I feel uncomfortable with some aspects of all religions I have come across in my life. I am still looking for the place where I belong as far as religion goes. What I KNOW in my heart is that everything happens for a reason, that a higher power is there and we never will fully understand it. The rest is still up in the air.

Does that answer your question? Sorry if this isn't clear it is hard for me to define what I am still trying to figure out myself.


On another note, this thread is AMAZING and I love reading about what the other ladies believe and how they choose to teach it :)

Kimberly - posted on 10/25/2010

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I believe in God. My daughter is too young to ask questions about it yet. I don't intend to push my views onto my child but I will tell her what I believe and share with her what I know about other beliefs.

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Mylene and I have similar backgrounds and similar beliefs but I differ in the respect that, I do have peace. I feel at peace.

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Mylene, I hope this doesn't offend you, but I have an honest question. You say you wish you could have peace like those with faith, yet you seem to have faith in God, just not a specific God. Where then, is your peace?

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I have every intention on letting and encouraging Roxanne to find her own way. I'm not sure what I believe. I was raised around Catholics (both my mom and dad's family's are of the Catholic faith) but as children, we didn't attend church or practice any religion.

Chad's parents are extremely religious Christians and I will allow Roxanne, if she chooses, to explore that religion with her Nannie as she gets a lil' older BUT she will know how I feel.

Desiree - posted on 10/25/2010

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it all depends on how the child has asked the question. For me the simpliest is to answer Yes, but then knowing children they always follow on with the next one that forces you to explain in more detail, like How do you know? just try and answer I just do? and you will get Why? or Why are there other churches? now come the art of being mom, because somewhere is the inevitable question that will have you stumped.
I always try to give my children as much of an explaination as possible that way they can learn and the questions don't become one side where you end up looking like a cod fish trying to think of answer. we also have discussions about the different beliefs. Yes they follow my beliefs but when they are old enough they will be informed enough to make that final descion for themselves.

Petra - posted on 10/25/2010

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I plan to do it the way I was raised - my parents were very casually practicing Anglicans and I went to Church as a small child. They waited until we were 4-5 to ask us if we wanted to be baptized; my brother said yes and I said no. They answered any and all questions we had about God and religion and when we decided we no longer wanted to go to Church, my mother stayed home with us on Sundays. They let me go to Catholic services with a friend when I was a bit older, and discussed the many differences with me then, too. My father has been into Buddhism and Native religions for the last ten or fifteen years and I pick his brain constantly and he is happy to let me do so. After having an open, educated upbringing with real exposure to different religions, I realized at a very young age that I was an atheist. As I've gotten older, I've become a hard line atheist. I plan to give my son a similar religious education - my MIL really feels that faith of any kind if vital and she attends Church, so Tor will be encouraged to go with her once he is old enough to understand the concepts. He will be welcomed and encouraged to decide for himself. I do not plan to begin his religious education with the assumption that God exists, however; I remember having a hard time reconciling this when I was young and I will treat God as a fictional character when he begins learning about religion. If he shows interest and develops his own faith in God, I will definitely encourage him to attend Church and to further educate himself about various religions.

C. - posted on 10/25/2010

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I do believe in God.. If and when my son asks, I will tell him that some people believe in God and some people believe in other higher powers.

I will raise my child by what *I* believe to be the right way (the Christian way). But I don't think there's anything wrong with that. Other people that believe differently raise their kids the way they see fit. This is just the way I see fit. Hope this answers your question..

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Oh Kelly, I know I already addressed you but something just occurred to me! Religions are flawed. All of them. None are perfect. Instead of studying the religion to find God, study God's Word...the Bible. I'm sure you already have, being that you've studied Catholicism. And of course, you'd have to believe in God to believe that the Bible is his Word. But it's a place to start. I would recommend a study Bible with a good Greek and Hebrew word study included. And maybe a commentary.

Becky - posted on 10/25/2010

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We are Christians and are teaching our children our beliefs. Right now, they're too young to really ask who God is, or understand much more than "God made us and God loves us." Which is basically what my oldest son knows about God. When he is older and has the ability to understand, I will certainly tell him that not everyone believes in or worships God the way we do, and some people don't believe in God at all. Once they're in their teens, I don't imagine we'll make them come to church with us if they really don't want to, and they are free to choose whatever belief system they want to. Of course, we hope that they will choose to believe in and follow God as well, but we'll love and accept them whether they do or don't.

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Kelly, try some of the books by Lee Strobel. Even if they don't convince you, I'm sure you'll find them an interesting read, so no loss! =)

Serena, I agree with you to an extent. I'm convinced that God is laughing at some of the things religious people come up with. I would encourage one thing however. If you believe in the God of the Bible (if not, ignore me!) then I would strongly encourage you to find a church that is not "religious." I'm not sure if that makes much sense, lol! What I mean is, find a church that backs up everything they say and do with what is written in the Bible. The only reason I'm suggesting this is because the church itself (a body of believers) has a purpose. The purpose is to collectively do God's work and for the people to encourage one another and teach one another. You can find that in Romans 12. Anyway, it makes me sad how often the "church" can twist God's word to fit an agenda. So I don't blame anyone for being leery of organized religion. But there are good, solid church bodies out there!

Julie - posted on 10/24/2010

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I am currently agnostic. I was raised Roman Catholic. I cannot say I ever really got behind the whole catholicism thing, but that is what my parents were (loosely). Anyhow, my son is not yet 3, but I don't mind that his babysitter takes him to church. I am not yet sure how I will answer the God question. I like to think I'd tell him what I believed and leave it up to him to pursue faith (or not) as he sees fit.



I absolutely believe in studying religion and reading religious texts. Religion is such a big part of so many people's lives, it would be a detriment to not have at least a small clue what is out there. The bible is, I believe, THE most alliterated to work of literature. I think the works of Shakespeare come up there, too. So, he'd be reading a bunch of things and not "getting" all of it if he wasn't familiar.



Anyhow, unless he gets in with a cult, I'd like to say I would let him find his own way.



*edit/addition: My son was baptized (non-denominationally, I think) as soon as they could get the Chaplain to him because they believed he was going to die since he was born at 26 1/2 weeks. This did not upset me at all. I'm sure he can be re-baptized if he'd like. Also, he is as normal as normal can be (well, small) and many, even me, call him a miracle baby. No other word seems to fit, but I don't know that I can attribute it to a higher power.

Tah - posted on 10/24/2010

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@Kelly, i do have peace..i must tell you..even when crazy things happen, there is a peace in the beliefs that we have, and i must say, that thngs always turn out for the best..as far as i have seen. My dad is a minister, but as i said before, he was more than willing to talk about other religions..he was raised catholic, then didn't practice, then after my mother left him in the bed on enough sunday mornings he started going back to church..(mind you , my mother's father was jewish.hence their names)..he was on his way to sign up for more classes at Temple one day and something made him get off the bus at the seminary..the rest is Rev Davis history...my dad literally used to sing on the street corners and do shows in the 60's and 70's..yes, a real life temptations type group...now he sings gospel on sunday mornings(acapella..showoff)...before he preaches...



people love my daddy because he breaks it down(he speaks hebrew, hence our names..lol..and greek)..when he prepares his message i promise he has 6-8 books out, because he goes into the history of what was going on at that time, what the belief was..why it has changed, what the word was for it and how it is translated..i mean..he gets in it...and people appreciate that...because he shows all sides....if he doesn't believe in something..it's because he researched it..not because he just doesn't..He taught us about other religions and i am good going off of faith, we believe in things that we can't see or feel or can't be proven by science all the time..It is and always has been a good fit for me...



Did i tell you he used to make us practice for hours and sing with him..i have had many people say.."your in the wrong profession if they catch me singing out loud at work, it's all my dad..if he didn't make us do that, i would probably not talk at all i used to be so shy..lol

Serena - posted on 10/24/2010

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I believe in God but find myself sometimes having problems believing in organized religion. I like to think that God doesn't really care about some of these little things that are such a big deal in Church.
For me, I have to believe that there is more in life than just this one and death. I find comfort in turning to a higher being when things aren't going as planned.
This isn't for everyone and if my children choose another path than that of God, I will accept it. For now, my oldest (whose 4) attends a christian preschool, so he is all about Jesus right now.

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I do not believe in God, but I very much want to. People who believe in a deity always seem so much more at peace than I have ever been. I am studying different religions to convince myself that God exists. I studied Catholicism last year, I chose it because it was the oldest. This year, I am going to try Lutheran or Episcopalian--not sure yet.



Anyway, my son is 5 so he is asking all kinds of questions. The way I explain it to him is that religions are like theories. They have plausible hypothesis and most have at least some bits of scientific evidence, or are at least supported by logic or ethics, but none have been proven or disproven, and no one exactly agrees on what all the evidence means at this point.



He rarely asks vague questions, like "who is God" but more often asks things like, "Did God ever live on Earth?" "Is God a person?" "Where is Heaven?" "Is Hell in the Core of the earth?" "Are Jesus and God the same person or is God Jesus's Father?"



EDIT: btw, most of my son's exposure to Christianity and other religions is through our friends and family, but I did take him to some of the classes for kids at the Catholic Church we attended, and he did Bible School there as well as at a Presbyterian Church. I loved that the Catholic Church stated everything as "we believe..." then stated the belief. The Presbyterian Church, on the other hand tended to state the beliefs as fact rather than a chosen belief.

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I don't believe in God despite being raised Roman Catholic. We don't plan to get our son who's 10 months old baptised as my husband isn't religious either and mainly we don't want to force religion on our son. We believe it is his decision when he is old enough to decide.

Dana - posted on 10/24/2010

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Those are the worst kind of family members, Carol. I tune them out but, I could not stand it if it were my child!

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@Sal, I do see what you are saying. At 5, a short explanation is all that is needed. But I was thinking about when I was a teenager and really starting to see more of what was out "there" if you will. At that point the origins and histories and similarities/differences would be appropriate if they are truly starting to question deeply.

Isobel - posted on 10/24/2010

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and one time we walked passed a GIANT nativity scene on somebody's lawn and my son said "jews!" and I said yup :)

the people INSIDE the house...not so much ;P

JuLeah - posted on 10/24/2010

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Ohh, when my daughter, Jasper, was about 3 and a half, she drew a picture of God and in it God was a rainbow. She explained that God made everything, everything has color, so God must be a rainbow. I can't look at a rainbow now without thinking about that. She might be right :)

JuLeah - posted on 10/24/2010

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I don't know how to live my life and not push my child to believe as I believe. I ask that she say please and thank you, write thank you notes, give to the food bank many times a year, raise money to help folks on the losing end of large storms, volunteer to help at animal shelters ..... this is my life, so I bring her along. I want very much for her to develop these values. She has asked 'why' and I told her what I believe with all my heart. Her birth was not an accident. She is here on this planet because she is needed. She was given a very special gift (it is between her and her god to figure out what that gift is) but she is to use it to make the world a better place.

As an adult, she might change her views, but I want very much for her to walk through her teen years solid in this idea.

I have told her that God has no true name, but goes by many. God has no true form. What God is to her might differ from the God of my understanding. There is no right or wrong. We can all be right. Ohh, God also has no gender based on my understanding, so I use care with pro nouns. The only time I 'correct her' is when she uses pronouns. I am glad we live in a community that makes this a focus. All the adults in her life and the religious leaders (Rabbis) do not refer to God as male or female.

Jodi - posted on 10/24/2010

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I'm Agnostic, but I was raised very strict roman catholic, going to catholic school for 9 years. My husband is also agnostic, although his family says their catholic (although not practicing catholic...). I know our daughter will be exposed to the catholic religion and the jewish religion via a very close friend of ours and I plan on explaining the religions (and any others, I'm sure I'll be asked about the muslim faith eventually) and explaining that Mommy and Daddy do believe in God, but that we don't feel He looks down on us for not following one certain religion (there are aspects of most religions that we agree with, but much about them all that we don't) but she needs to decide for herself who she thinks God is. If she decides to become catholic, jewish, muslim, buddhist...whatever, that's fine. It's important to me that she finds her own spiritual way with minimal guidance from outside sources, just the education she needs about different religions.



*edit to add I do hope she DOES believe in God, in one form another, that is important to me, but if she's aethiest, that's fine too.

Isobel - posted on 10/24/2010

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My kids asked me if there was a God once and I told them "a lot of people think so". She had to hound me for a while before I said "I don't think so, but it's important to learn as much as you can about ALL religions so that you can make your own choice."



at one point she did let me know that she thought the "Hanukkah people made WAY more sense than the Christmas tree people"

Krista - posted on 10/24/2010

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Well, my child doesn't ask anything more complicated than "Dat? Dat?" just yet. But when the time comes, I will tell him that his father and I do not believe that there is any such thing as a god, but that some people do believe, and that's their right to do so. I was raised Catholic, so I'm not ignorant about the idea of a god or of Jesus, so if he asks me questions, I'll answer him as best as I can. I'll tell him what I believe, but will always emphasize that neither I, nor ANYBODY, truly knows for sure. I think it's fine to say "I don't know for sure. And neither does anybody else, no matter what they say."

Rosie - posted on 10/24/2010

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i do not believe in any god, but my family is all christian. my mother takes them to church every now and then, and i actually sent my 2 oldest to a christian preschool. god was part of their daily lesson. oddly enough that question has only come up twice. it was from my oldest son. the first time he asked how the earth was created (he was learning about evolution in school). my mother was there and said god created it. i havn't really told my parents i'm an atheist, so later i told grant some people believe in god, like grandma. but mommy and daddy don't so we don't think that is how the earth was created, and explained what we believe.
another time he asked about god directly. i explained once again some people believe in god, we don't. we'll never really be able to say for sure that there is no god, but we just don't think that there is enough evidence to prove that there is.
so i guess we did force our views on him in a way, but we also left the door open for other possibilities.

Tah - posted on 10/24/2010

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What Sara said, except the buddhist wedding..never been to one..lol...and not much voodoo or witchcraft exposure..that i know of...but yeah..ditto on everything else...

Jenn - posted on 10/24/2010

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I believe but don't go to church, so my kids don't have much exposure other than what little we've talked about. Actually, kind of a funny story - I would tell my son not to say "oh my god" because I just don't like hearing kids say that (amongst other things). Well one day I said something about God and he says "that's a bad word!" So I guess that was the first time I tried to explain God to him.

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I am a Christian and my hubby is agnostic, we are raising our son to make his own choices, if he wants to learn about any religion he can and if not that too is fine. When my son asks any questions I will answer his questions about any and all religion, if I don't know the answer we will research it together and learn together, I think it is improtant to show that sometimes mommy needs to learn as well.



I am and will continue to try and not let my beliefs interfere with my son finding himself and his opinions on the matter, although ultimately it is the people around you who colour your opinions (whether positively or not). My beliefs are part of who I am, so they are going to filter into how I parent my children and how I live my life it is inevitable and I would be lying if I said otherwise. But I will NOT degrade anything he decides to be true or potentially true because that is wrong, I will encourage him to question things so he can come to his own conclusions.

Amie - posted on 10/24/2010

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Then why not just explain it like that? God is a different being for many different people. He's a part of organized religion, he's a part of personal beliefs, he's called by many names, he may not even be a he to some, to some he's nothing but a fairy tale.

There's nothing wrong with explaining it that way. It is quite wordy and does take time but for us, that type of explanation works. We're not trying to pass on our beliefs to our children though. We're only trying to educate them.

Sal - posted on 10/24/2010

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it is a little i guess, but i just meant that one persons idea of who god is is different to mine.....some people will say he is the man in the sky with a long white beard, others say the man who created the universe, others might say it is allah or buddah, like you said it is impossible for you to not mention christanity, it is just that some times people just go too indepth, they want to know who god is not a history of christanity...like when my son asked where babies come from i said they grow in mummies tummy, he ran offf before i got anymore detailed, it was another 5 years before he wanted to know how they got there

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"who is god? give them your answer for that, don't go into religous or anti religous speel, spirits, christianity, just who you think god is."

Your advice here is contradictory for some. For example, I can't say who I think God is without going into Christianity.

But because we are raising our daughter in a Christian home, her question will not likely be "Who is God?" She's likely have questions about other religions or people who don't believe at all.

Sal - posted on 10/24/2010

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i have found that as a rule you should answer what the child asks.....who is god? give them your answer for that, don't go into religous or anti religous speel, spirits, christianity, just who you think god is....this also works for where babies come from, why did someone die, as they grow the questions will become more indepth, and thats when you get more involved and go to greater detail. I do agree with telling them why we have xmas and easter even though we aren't terribly religious as i feel if we get the presents and santa they should have some idea of why...

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I'm sure those of you that have been on here a while know that I believe in God. We go to a Baptist church (though I don't really label myself as Baptist) and my daughter goes to Sunday school and gets a short little Bible lesson. We pray at home, and she goes through the motions though she doesn't really "get it" yet.

I'm not sure if she'll ask until she gets older and realizes that there are people out there that don't believe. When the time comes, I'll answer all her questions openly and honestly like my parents did. I won't protect her from other world views, but rather allow her to be exposed to them and explore if she needs to. The differences, similarities, and histories will be discussed as she finds interest in them (meaning I need to start brushing up now!)

I've been to a Buddhist wedding ceremony, which was very beautiful. I've also been exposed to Voodoo and witchcraft, but that just comes with the local culture. I don't like it. I haven't been a participant of any other religion. But I've had some great conversations and honest debates with atheists (in real life and on COM) and it only makes my faith stronger.

I've never doubted or turned away from Christianity. I've been given opportunity to do so, but I know without doubt that the God of the Bible is real. I have explored other denominations of the Christian faith and the conclusion I've come to is they all believe and teach the same basics and fundamentals. The details is where the splits come from, and while the details are important, they aren't worth fighting over. I would be happy in most any Christian Protestant denomination, but we go to a Baptist church because it's what my husband wants, and I don't care. I do love that little church, though.

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I do believe in God. My girls are aware that some people do not. You would probably feel that I am 'pushing' my beliefs on them, but I am simply raising them the way I believe God wants me to (well.. trying anyway. I am a human screw up.).

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Dana,

Here:

http://ezinearticles.com/?History-of-Cho...

It goes back to the pagan belief that eggs produced fertility and re-birth. By the 1800's, Christians had adopted the symbol of the egg as part of the Easter festivities, representing the resurrection (or re-birth) of Christ following His crucifixion.

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I believe in God but not religion. Our oldest is the only one to ask anything about it as of yet.



She spent some time with my husband's side of the family. They're Jehovah's. That wasn't for her.



She asked about Christians, that was a whole ball of wax that was hard to explain to her. Different sects and what not. She went to an Anglican church with a friend of the family. She seemed to enjoy it but doesn't ask to go each week.



She brought home a permission slip last week to get a Gideon Bible. I asked her if she wanted one, she said yes so I signed the paper. She has it in her room with her.



She also has my Lutheran Bible from when I was confirmed to the church and another from my Aunt that was given at the same time. It's one of those teen bibles, that has the passages and question/answer sections.



My husband has been looking a lot in the last few years to Buddhism. We even have a very nice picture on our wall with "commandments". I can't think of what else to call them and my husband is at work so I can't ask him! haha. He's been teaching them as he learns as well.



She's been exposed to a lot just within her school. I have every confidence that the loathe I feel for religion has not been passed onto her and will not be passed onto our younger ones as well.



I hold some pretty strong anti religion views but it has not affected my children. They are free to find what makes them happy, even if I think they became sheep. ;) lol

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