My daughter who is 9 y/o and VERY mature mentally for her age has been questioning her belief/faith in God. I want to support her in any way that I can... NOTE: I am Christian, as is my husband.
We are NOT discouraging her. We want our child to "think outside the box" and think for HERSELF. But how do I do this in a positive way and show her that it's okay to not believe as the rest of us in our home, and extended family do?
Personally, from her replies to me, and her statements here and there, I believe she will be more of an Agnostic. But, I also won't be surprised, as the critical thinker that she is, that she may even become an Atheist.
Answer by jsbenkert at 3:44 PM on Apr. 3, 2009
Answer by jennijune_21 at 3:06 PM on Apr. 3, 2009
see I try to teach my children WHY I believe through answering their questions and helping them to research so they can see God too through their study of his word, we answer all their questions never saying "it's a mystery or it's God's will or the You'll burn in hell for not having blind faith" we don't believe in not understanding God but ultimently they must made Bible truth and belief in God their own.
Answer by lisarose45 at 3:11 PM on Apr. 3, 2009
It is your job as a christian mother to lead your child toward God. She is 9 of course she has questions. Answer her with faith and truth. When she is an adult she can choose as she will but as a child it is your job to lead her in the right direction. Not everything about God can be explained adn we as Christians have accepted that. It is a lot for even an adult brain to grasp which is why explaining your faith to a child is soooo important. I do not think that by encouraging her to follow Christ is going to keep her from thinking for herself. You were raised to have faith did it keep you from thinking for yourself? Stay positive and have faith.Proverbs 22: 6. Train children, not in the way they would go, that of their corrupt hearts, but in the way they should go; in which, if you love them, you would have them go. As soon as possible every child should be led to the knowledge of the Savior.
Answer by But_Mommie at 3:12 PM on Apr. 3, 2009
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Answer by NotPanicking at 3:16 PM on Apr. 3, 2009
I think sharing everything you just said is appropriate. You think she is mature, you want to support her, you appreciate & want her to think outside the box, etc. All of those things show how much you value her as an individual & respect her choices & beliefs. I would of course be open that although you may not share her beliefs that she is welcome to ask for your perspective & that you will answer her questions as honestly as possible. Her beliefs have no bearing on your feelings toward her as your precious daughter, remind of that if she seems unsure, but, it sounds like she will already be getting the message loud & clear from the way you are handling this. If you are comfortable with it, & she shows interest make available to her books that will help her explore her beliefs & openly converse with her about them. You're doing wonderfully!
Answer by BubbaLuva at 3:17 PM on Apr. 3, 2009
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