I'm a big believer in reconsidering your view points when new facts come to your attention. It's really the only way to be enlightened. Ignoring facts just cause you've always believed something makes you an idiot, whether you want to acknowledge it or not. That's the sort of thinking that dominated pre-renaissance and pre age of enlightenment type of thinking. If that's how someone wants to live ... So be it, and while I'm not up in folks faces about it, it's how I feel.Disrespectful, really. How is a believer supposed to just chuck out everything he's learned and believed over his lifetime?
How is a believer supposed to just chuck everything ... Pick up a frigin' history book, learn about the history of religion in general and appreciate that Christianity is really a continuation of when folks thought gods lived on mount Olympus and the many other religions that have faded. Its just a new form of the same.
Also pick up a frigin' history book and learn about the history of Christianity ... How it was created ... How a roman autocrat selected bishops to select the gospels that would go into the bible and how the gospel selection was politically motivated to discredit certain early Christian sects ... And appreciate that much of the magical things that Jesus supposedly did according to the bible were put in there because when Christianity was forming it was competing for followers with other religions who had gods that could do all sorts of magical things and because of this they had to invent magical things that Jesus could do too ... They couldn't just be like yeah, we'll Zeus can hurl down lightening bolts and had a son like Hercules with supper human strength, Jesus was just a 155 pound ordinary son of a carpenter who wanted to challenge Jewish religious authority and died because if it (which if you cut through all the b.s. in the bible is exactly who he was)... all those miracles got thrown in there just to compete for recruits, who were simple minded and far more than not less educated than the average 4th grader today and very superstitious.
I see dedicating any time, effort, or money on religion as being akin to standing in the corner ... A complete waste of time ... It would be very hard for me to be with someone in a relationship who was heavily involved in it ... Bambi is more spiritual than a Christian ... She doesn't get caught up in the whole church thing, but she believes in a higher power ... I can respect that.
I could even respect her going to church on her own ... I would not approve of her indoctrinating (brain wash) our children in it before they have the tools to critically think about it all.
None of our children have been baptized, but also we don't have religious discussions with them either ... I really haven't shared my views with them either as that would be just as wrong as pushing Christianity on them. When they get older I will tell them what I believe and why and let them make the OWN choice in terms of whether they wish to learn about and follow any particular religion they may choose.
My youngest son had a sleep over last Saturday and the parents took him to church with them on Sunday. Bambi and I laughed, but we were okay with it. We aren't militant about it ... One day of church isn't gonna indoctrinate him.