No this post isn’t about UFOs and Martians. It’s about religion, and what my daughter’s friends asked her when she brought up the subject.
We live in San Diego, so it’s very diverse. You can find probably find someone from every religion in our city. Naturally, the subject came up during recess at my daughter’s school. All of her friends were saying which religion they follow. When they asked my 4th grader what hers was, her response was, “I don’t think i have one.”
I have always had a hard time with religion. It’s just not something I personally believe in. Because of that, I always wanted to let my children pick what they thought to be real and true, and I wanted to let them do it once they had reached an age when they wouldn’t be so gullible. You know young kids; you tell them something, they’re going to believe it, especially if you’re their parent. But I want my kids to be able to judge for themselves whether the stories of the the Bible, or the Torah, or whatever religious texts they read, are true. Or could be true? Or not!
When my daughter told her school friends that she didn’t have a religion, they responded by asking her if she was an Alien! For real? It kind of upset me, to be completely honest. She came home confused, wondering why she didn’t have a religion like all her other friends. I explained to her I wanted her to be a free thinker. I wanted her to use her own judgement to decide if religion was something she wanted to believe in.
So, she got her hands on a Bible and started reading the stories. We discuss what she’s read from time to time, but she hasn’t really mentioned much, other than how unbelievable the stories were. I told her that stories are teaching morals. I told her to look out for the lesson, and to think about what lesson can be learned from each story.
I have respect for every person. I believe that everyone is entitled to their beliefs. The only thing that bothers me about some religious people is that they don’t seem to have that same respect for people like myself who don’t believe in any god or any sort of religion whatsoever. Telling me I will go to hell if i don’t believe in god. Well I don’t believe in hell, either, so that’s not really a threat, but still. It’s kinda fucked up. The whole, you know, “oh you don’t believe in god? Have you gone to church?” Yes. “Have you read the Bible?” Yes! And I still think it’s all made up to keep order in a time before government. A way to give people good morals in order to keep the peace in society.
I don’t know, like I said, everyone is entitled to their opinion. But if it is all true and heaven does exist, I hope I get through those gates. I lived my life with good morals and did so without being scared of going to hell if I didn’t. I think that should count for more than who I worshipped on Sundays.