I seem to forget how much of our existence and how we process it is…
Where I ended this Sunday morning works really well. We had just come full circle and were able to come back to the scripture of my youth with a clean slate, so to speak.
I sometimes think that indoctrinating children into religion is both good and bad. It’s good in that the young get exposure to the idea of something greater than themselves (which in the world of today, is sorely lacking any controls on their little, ahem, egos) as well as the idea that there is more to life than making money. But some churches go to far in the indoctrination for my taste. It’s great to familiarize children with Bible verses and stories, but when you start instilling the religious zealousness we see growing around us, I think you do them harm.
Telling children about God is like the old story about children and sex:
Knowing that this would come up at some time, she had prepared and went on to tell her child about the birds and the bees.
Upon completion, she looked at Billy and said, “Does that answer your question?”
Billy paused for a second and then replied, “I don’t know, Tommy’s from Cincinnati; where did I come from?”
I sometimes wonder why people even give their children Bibles. Not the children’s Bibles that are basically story books using scripture as the source, but actual Bibles. If these people ever actually read the book, they would never put one in the hands of a small, immature, child. There’s murder, sex, nudity, hatred and other things that are not appropriate for kids.
Now don’t get me wrong, I happen to love the Bible and find it to be an excellent body of work to learn from, I just think that it should get at least a PG-13 rating (Strange that the same people who feel that the Harry Potter books are too much for kids will hand a child a Bible that makes them look tame).
I have been accused of being very tough on Christianity and Christians in general, that I paint with a very broad brush. To some degree it is true, I am tough on the followers who make a general ass of themselves without taking the time and energy to understand what they are saying. I am also tough on it because it is the dominant religion in this country and (as has been seen lately) being publicly overrun by zealots who are not that different from the Fundamentalist Muslims they like to rant about.
I had someone say, when I made the above comment, that “at least Christians were not telling each other to blow themselves up in the name of God and take as many innocents with them.” Currently, no (though a few have hinted at doing just as heinous acts) but our history as Christians is just as bloody and vile with Crusades, Witch-hunts and the Dark Ages. We have no business casting stones from our glass towers.
I have noticed in the study of Religious History that most groups tend to deify some aspect of the sources. The Jews deified the Law of Moses, the Christians–Jesus, the Muslims seem to be deifying the culture that the Prophet Mohammed lived in. The tendency is usually followed by an egocentric explosion to the “unclean” which certain sects of Muslims are currently experiencing. The only true difference between Christians then and these Fundamentalist Muslims now are the tools of destruction are infinitely more devastating.
I wrote someplace else the following: