I admit, my mind works in mysterious ways! I have no idea why I am thinking of such a controversial subject today – just am! I guess after reading about the varied fights between Christians/Muslims/Jews in various combinations, in various parts of the world, it made me think about the big R – Religion.
Shortly after I’d been to my mother’s funeral, I was sitting having a meal with an extended member of the family. We were chatting away, when all of a sudden s/he said
I just don’t know how someone can live with themselves if they don’t raise their child in a Christian household
Well, gee – as I was the only one there, who was s/he referring to with that comment? I was gob-smacked. Not only did his/her timing suck (Right after my mother died? Really?), what right does anyone have to say that to me?
You’d be proud of me. I didn’t explode. I didn’t rant and rage. I was cool and calm.
Well, I said, I agree. But what does ‘Christian’ mean? Can it not mean raising a child with proper values and love, setting a good example, trying to do the right thing?
As for the other part, the God part, no, I didn’t do that. Personally, I think serious decisions like that should be made by adults, when you can decide for yourself. If it’s a true story, then you shouldn’t have to promise to indoctrinate your children. But that’s just me. No hate mail, please.
Religion is something (I believe) that we have to decide for ourselves. If someone does not believe, who are we to criticise? Doesn’t it say something in the Bible about not casting the first stone?
Intolerance, and the ‘one true story’ idea fits with the modern trend of ‘if you’re not like me, you’re wrong’.
If there is a God, I don’t think he’d like that very much.