- Few months back I turned agnostic.
- Don't have children yet.
- Other family members are believers, I am not.
My mother tells me to pray to God and ask him to increase my salary/happiness/safety etc. I can deal with my mother.
My in-laws ask me to pray to the God before embarking on a journey. I do as they wish (to make them happy (not a big deal for me)).
Now, when my relatives tell my future child to pray to God for the above mentioned reasons, how should I explain to him(child) that this God didn't protect the gas chamber victims so there is no reason that you should expect him to help you to get good grades in exams, etc?
I think the child will ask - then why is the grand mother praying to God?
I don't have an answer to this.
My brother and his wife have taught their child (2 years old) that if you do bad things God will punish you.
I want my child to not to do bad things because the bad things are bad, not because God is going to punish.
I want that when he grows up (about 15 years of age) then he should decide for himself whether he wants to follow religion or not
- till then he should have a free mind. He should be dependent on himself for his acts, not on God.
I don't even know what to do with the "fairy tales" thing. Every comic book for children has these fairies, and witches.
I don't know if it is wise to first explain to a child that the fairy did that, and then if he asks is it all true?? What to reply - yes, it is, but god is different than fairy? OR no, this story is to make you go to sleep!