Raising Children Without God

Here is a story from a mother with two teenage boys giving a rationale for “Why I Raise My Children Without God.”

This mother lists seven reasons:

  1. God is a bad parent and role model.
  2. God is not logical.
  3. God is not fair.
  4. God does not protect the innocent.
  5. God is not present.
  6. God does not teach children to be good.
  7. God teaches narcissism.

And then she concludes in this way:

I understand why people need God. I understand why people need heaven. It is terrifying to think that we are all alone in this universe, that one day we—along with the children we love so much—will cease to exist. The idea of God and an afterlife gives many of us structure, community and hope.

I do not want religion to go away. I only want religion to be kept at home or in church where it belongs. It’s a personal effect, like a toothbrush or a pair of shoes. It’s not something to be used or worn by strangers. I want my children to be free not to believe and to know that our schools and our government will make decisions based on what is logical, just and fair—not on what they believe an imaginary God wants.

Here are a few observations:

  • For one who does not  believe in God, she certainly claims to know quite a bit about God.
  • This may well be her perception or perspective of God, but it certainly is not reflective of the God who has revealed Himself in the Bible.
  • For her, theology is really anthropology – her understanding of God is based on her understanding of humanity. (This was Ludwig Andreas Feuerbach’s [1804-1872] argument.)
  • This is the chief reason behind the initial rebellion – a desire of the chief angel to be God; it is also one of the key implications of sin – a desire to create God in our own image, which is another of the reversals of God’s divine design for His image bearers.
  • Christianity, or religion, cannot be privatized without it becoming other than what it is. It is comprehensive in that everything is included, nothing is excluded.
  • Though she desires that her children be free from religion, she does not realize that she is teaching, training and modeling for them another kind of religion. Though her religion is not Christianity, it is a religion.
  • In sum, I feel sorrow and pity for this mother and even more so for her children.

Your turn.

  1. What do you think?
  2. What additional observations would you make?

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