I recently read Percy Jackson and the Olympians; The Lightening Thief, and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer Stone to my six year old. Even though I explained to him that these books are fiction (not real) he insists that Poseidon and Zeus are real, as is all kinds of magic. He even went so far as to insist that I search the internet to try and find him a school where he could go to learn magic.
Clearly children just do not have the capacity to judge reality from fiction, no matter how much an adult tries to explain it.
And this is why I think it is wrong to raise children in religion. They just are not capable to judge for themselves what they believe, and will pretty much go along with whatever they hear, read, or are told. And after so many years of being told to believe with out questioning, it is so hard-wired into them, that they no longer want to question it. It's so sad.
Answer by Anouck at 7:49 PM on Mar. 22, 2010
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Answer by my2.5boys at 7:59 PM on Mar. 22, 2010
I disagree, because there are so many people on this site alone that were raised in a religious home and they are no longer that religion.
Answer by Anonymous at 8:28 PM on Mar. 22, 2010
Your reasoning is really upsurd. Since your child can't judge reality from fiction I guess you also decided to stop reading any fiction books to him from now on, if you are following your line of reasoning about religion.
I do not believe my religious beliefs are fiction so I don't share your views anyway but your logic doesn't follow either.
Answer by RyansMom001 at 8:36 PM on Mar. 22, 2010
I never tell my children what they should, or shouldn't believe. I may tell them what I believe, if they ask, but I would never tell them they are wrong for believing something.
I agree with this in that I wouldn't tell my children they are wrong, but I explain what I believe and why, this doesn't mean they need to be raised out side of any religion. You can ask questions and still be raised in a religious faith. Religion has been a great way for our family to start discussions and my kids ask all kinds of questions based on what they hear and read through our religious life. I think it is wrong and a stereotype on your part that you feel all or most people raising their children with in a particular faith don't allow children to explore their own beliefs or ask questions about the world. My kids read everything and are allowed (even encouraged) to read about other beliefs.
Answer by RyansMom001 at 8:53 PM on Mar. 22, 2010
I would have to disagree- and this is why: every single kid movie/show teaches children about other people's faith. Tinkerbell teaches kids that fairies[ and the first known belief in fairies were that they are evil spirits] change the seasons[ in my faith Yahweh changes seasons], all the magical shows such as the ones you describe are against Yahweh. Magic and sorcerers and witches especially. Dragons are taught to be nice big mythical creatures when in the bible they are a description of the devil. Every single show that is not of my faith teaches against it, so I have to teach her about Yahweh [not that I wouldn't anyhow.] Shows impress the celebration of birthdays and Christmas by animals and the bible warns us about this very thing! 1 Timothy 4:7 KJV. Fable means: HERE Yahweh bless
Answer by Daphna28 at 9:42 PM on Mar. 22, 2010
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