If my children decide when they get married and to start a family and to raise their children in a church, then that is their choice and I would have no say about it. Would I support it? I would respect his choice, but I am sure we would have open discussions about it, contrary to the conversations I have had with my parents. Would I attend the functions? Of course I would. Would I engage in prayer? No. Would I be disrespectful at the functions? No. Just as when my dad was on his deathbed being read scripture and followed by prayer, did I object? No. That is his belief. Did I pray? No.<quoted text>
You say you have given them a choice. So if they choose at some point to become a Christian, marry a Christian and raise their family in the church and have their children baptized in the church you wouldn't have a problem with that? You would be supportive of your child’s new life style and attend all functions to do with his/her family at a church?
Just one more questions. What if your youngest child wanted to become a Christian and asked you to pray with him at bedtime or before a meal. Would you do that?
I think the way you believe has every thing to do with the way your children believe.
Sure I have discussed other religions with my kids and I think most people have.
My youngest goes to church with his Aunt and Uncle when he stays there to play with cousin. I think it is good he is getting that information, but I encourage thought and questions. If he asked me to pray with him? I probably would not. Just as I encourage them to do things because it is what they feel is right, I would not want to teach him that form of conformity. Does it mean I don't love him and respect his choice? No. This is teaching of tolerance, of thought, critical thinking and to question everything and do what you believe, not because someone said you have to or pressures you to.
Would you be supportive if one of your children told you they didn't believe anymore? Would you respect their choice? There are countless people that have been disowned or have become black sheep, like me. Not disowned, but definitely a black sheep. My immediate family barely speaks to me anymore. Do you think my youngest sons Aunt and Uncle would appreciate me telling their son of my beliefs? They never asked me if they could bring him to church, they just do. Do you think I would get the same respect back? Would you support your child if they decided to not get married in a church and to raise their children without belief?