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What does it mean to be ‘raised Christian’ ??

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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.

Author: Ann Larson

One-time IT executive who lives on a 22 acre olive farm in Spain with husband Kenton and 2 boxer dogs. We make Yunquera Gold olive oil, and soap and skincare products from same. We aim to make natural, fresh, and handmade products at affordable prices!

4 thoughts on “What does it mean to be ‘raised Christian’ ??

  1. I’m right with you there. I am an atheist and never afraid to say it!

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  2. Living in NYC where there is an abundance of variety of races and religions, I really have grown to respect and learn from many! I have sung in many different “churches”: Bahai, Jewish, Protestant, Quaker and Catholic. It seems they all have pretty much the same message, just preferring different rituals. However, they often seem to have the same problems, too, and the role of “politics” can be especially odious in such a setting. I do feel it is important that a child be raised in some religion for the history that is involved. It can also be very comforting to have something to succor, or even to have something to rebel against in later years. Perhaps if we all spent more time protecting the world ‘s environment and animals we would have less time for killing each other.

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    • I’m glad that as of now, no one forces me to be one thing or another — I can choose. No one who has talked religion with me has ever convinced me of the truth of a god’s existence!

      My opinion? If you believe, fine. But I do wish people would keep their religion to themselves and not try to foist it on others, or kill those who differ in opinion.

      When I see Christian/Muslim/Jewish faces in the news, however, they usually have hate in their eyes. Guess their god(s) think that is ok?

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