Lissa - posted on 06/25/2011 ( 11 moms have responded )
I'm interested in all our ladies opinions on their faith or lack of. What do you teach your children.
Personally I was brought up a Catholic, I left the church for a very simple reason. I had sex outwith marraige and had a baby. Now apparently I can repent for the sin of the sex and all is well. Not to me it's not I think it's hypocritical to be sorry for sex which resulted in the child I wasn't sorry for.
Anyway now I certainly have faith, I believe their is a higher power, I pray (in my own way). I live a good life( I think) and believe that anyone who lives well and doesn't hurt each other is fine with me. I think faith in something is a great thing, I think organised religion can be a bad thing, how many wars have been fought over it. I believe in heaven and honestly hell, I will never be rid of the good old catholic hell fire and brimstone. I think the bible is a book of stories designed to help people live a good life at that time. I believe Jesus existed and he was simply a good, inspiring man. Looking at ideas across religion who is to say that the idea of purgatory is not the same as reincarnation, just a different setting.
So what do I tell my children... When they ask questions I give them my beliefs and then tell them beliefs from other religions. I explain people all over the world have different ideas and that they don't have to share mine. I also tell them that some people believe nothing of the sort exists. I want them to find their own way in life and choose for themselves.
So I have one athiest, one who believes in God and Jesus as the son of God and one who just likes the stories at the moment. Along with that one of my children asks to make Jesus a birthday cake every year.
Just the other day when my daughter was reading the witches she said she didn't believe in witches, well apart from proper witches (wiccans) they exist.
I just believe they should have knowledge of everything even though I am loathe to tell them that some people are homophobic for instance because their religion states it. I remember being about 10 and my Dad telling me that he thought homosexuals were basically possessed by a demon guiding them the wrong way, I told him that was bloody ridiculous.