Keisha - posted on 08/21/2009 ( 1 mom has responded )
So i'm an atheist. This is something i've thought long and hard about and didn't just decide overnight. I'm not interested in hearing about my beliefs changing. I believe ultimately that the morals taught by Christianity are right and true and even if someone isn't religious i still believe they should be applied to daily life. There are a few exceptions but not many. I benefited from having religion early in my life even though my parents aren't religious. I had the good fortune of having a daycare provider that was very religious and extended an offer to my parents to pick me up for church every Sunday if i could go. They agreed. As I said i did benefit.
This is my question. I teach my son the morals i believe are all right just like any parent does. Recently we have run into two problems. The most recent is that my son's uncle whom he spends alot of time with would like to take him to church. I'm thinking ok thats alright because he has been kinda curious. This I think I made a good decision. My line of thinking is I'm not going to expect my son to be atheist just because I am. I would like him to decide for himself and I guess he can't make that decision without going to church and being exposed to it.
Ok so the other problem is, how do i confront things he comes home from school with? For example he came home from school and asked if God made the world. I proceeded to be as honest with him as possible, since thats my policy, by telling him thats not what i believed in but without the complicated details (since i am so very thorough with details can you tell? lol). After some more probing i found out that he was talking to one of his friends at school that has a religious family and thats where it came from. So shortly after that my son came to me very confused again because he says that his friend and his mom insisted God made the world.
So not sure where to proceed from there, any insight?