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Would you make your kids believe in God?

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aWorldofHope Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Question for everyone: Is it ok to tell your children what to believe? Should you tell them to believe in God? or a god? or no gods? or leave it up to them?

I'm an Athiest, but I was born a Christian.
Interestingly enough I'm thinking about raising my kids to be Christian, because I know Christianity raised me in a way that gave me a strong moral background until I was old enough to think for myself.

Well, it will be a looooong time til I have to decide anyway :D

Thanks!
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:iconposeidonsimons:
I will not tell them to believe in any god, but I will also teach them to research everything they read. Even if it is a scientific paper, I would encourage them to do research about it and see if it is true or not a hoax (there are many of those) and who supports it. Even who funded the research matters
Then again they might not even care which for me will be considered a failure
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narutokunobessed Jan 20, 2013  Student General Artist
I think people should at least teach them anyway. I think it really make things easier then making too much freedom for a kid to decide. They can do that when they are older if they wanted. Sure its not out of force, but teaching them in the way they should go, as the bible commands.

If there was too much freedom, how can you bond with your child? I think it gets a little disconnected and harder when a child does not believe in the same thing.
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RestInMotion Jan 20, 2013
They'd probably be atheist or agnostic. I'll leave them to their own devices. Considering I'll be leaving in one of the least religious states, in one of the most progressive cities, and the fact that if my children show interest in a religion I will actually educate them, unlike parents who ignore the majority of a religion for their own convenience. Either way, they won't be Christian.
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NekuTheOokami Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, I would.

I don't see a problem with it. If what I believe is false
then nothing happens to us and we just die knowing a
lie right? I would just tell him/her to not try and force
what she/he believes upon someone else.
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Schnee-Fee Jan 17, 2013  Student Filmographer
If I were to actually have a child under my care, I'd teach them the morals that would guide them later in life, not a specific belief. They can believe what they want, and should be able to choose when they're ready. I mean, I know I hated it when Christianity was shoved down my throats by my family, since I never believed in it in the first place. No wonder I'm presently a pagan!
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AvisCelox Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You could teach them to be moral without teaching them what to believe with regards to a religion. I grew up with pretty much no input with regards to religion from my parents and I think I turned out fine. :-)
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AvisCelox Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
But if they want to follow a certain religion then I would let them.
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:iconthetoxiceden:
I'd personally let my children decide.
Telling them in what you believe will automatically lead them to this religion, too, as they nearly imitate everything their parents do.
So I'd not teach them ANY religion, everyone would like to decide theirselves in what/whom to believe.
They have plenty of time afterwards, it's their decision, not the decision of their parents, nor from anyone.
I was raised Christian myself, and I do think Christianism(and Buddhism + some other religions) convey some important values, but it's the message that's important, not saying: I'm Christ, I'm Buddhist, I believe in whatever, etc.

and don't forget: raising them to any religion will not make them better human, it's your way of education that will^,^
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:iconwquon:
lead by example, also guide & teach them (im christian so kinda 1 sided) but it is your influence. give them books to read bible, apocrypha, phsudioapocrypha, book of Mormon & whatever u would like them to build inspiration & character off of. do research on how the diff sects came to be & also how the Bible came to be put together. i have a few friends who r of diff beliefs or none at all.
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:iconwquon:
take them to a few diff churches so they can get that exp. & choose themselves
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