Posted by Brian Taylor (18.104.22.168) on October 14, 2000 at 15:42:22:
In Reply to: Re: Torn - what is best for my children posted by kat on October 14, 2000 at 12:29:06:
Being a semi-child myself (of 18 years), I can say a few things about religions being forced on children.
I don't think that children are mature enough for quite some time in their life to make the decision of what they believe.
I was personally raised methodist, and my parents have forced me to go to church ever since i've been born, and themselves never exposed me to any other belief system. i don't know how, but i came to the conclusion that christianity was not a good thing, it was hypocritical, and completely phallable (although they say they are not), and for quite some time i was an atheist. at first i disliked organized religion, because i saw it as just a means that people had invented to control other people, but then came to the conclusion that i just could not find any proof for myself, physical, emotional, spiritual, or otherwise, for a god.
after coming to this conclusion, i then believed that nothing mattered, and spirtuality was a hoax, just a buzz word. but i always felt it in the core of my being, and i think i was just in denial of it all.
buddhism struck a perfect chord with my spirtualness, and it seemed to just plain fit, perfectly.
even to this day my parents still make me go to the methodist church. i pay attention, listen to what they have to say, give them all the respect i can. but it most of the time makes me feel sad for all the people who haven't experience many of the other religions and belief systems out there.
who knows how i found my way into free thinking. i don't know if it would have been better if i wouldn't have gone to church every sunday. but, i think that in order to be able to properly criticize christianity for myself and find why it didn't work for me, i had to understand christianity first.
hope that helps. i think i was just rambling...
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