Posted by Micheal Pollard (188.8.131.52) on October 14, 2000 at 18:04:58:
In Reply to: Re: Torn - what is best for my children posted by kat on October 14, 2000 at 12:29:06:
I feel that the only really benificial thing christianity offers is the community... but even that can be done without. I was raised to believe in, and to fear God... yet I never attended church regularly. I seem to have turned out fine, I have friends of christian and atheistic belief and they are all fine people. But exposing children to to much religion for to long can seriously hinder the chance of their makeing an unbiased choice later. My opinion, find other types of group for kids to be involved with, raise them with a firm ethical and morale system (based on your practice, and other morales ideas you feel appropriate)... it's not as if kids don't meet enough people at school. I am somwhat biased toward modern Christianity so you should be warned... but strong ties to church could prevent your child from engaging people outside their own church; the church groups here are very clicky. Read about Jehovas witnesses for an example. Also, I still attend high school and feel that kids that gt along with others, and have plenty of friends, are not necessarily Christian. As for telling your family... it depends on just how religious or open minded they are. my family tends to be a little skeptical but accepting... thet's them. try seeing their response to buddhist ideas by suggesting it in a conversation... see how they first think; mention plenty good points, so they have a chance to get over some preconceptions. Just my rambling thought here. Metta.
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