Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Religion

It started with this.

Cady: "Mom, is Santa going to die one day?"
Me: "Nope, he lives forever"
Cady: "What about God Obama?"

And last night as we passed the courthouse on the way to the zoo it was this.
Cady: "Is that the jail or God?"

and from that it evolved into this.
Cady: "Is Jesus still a baby?
Me: "No, he was a baby a long long time ago and then he grew up"
Cady: "Does he have his kids?"
Me: "Rob, did he? No, wait, never mind, of course he didn't"

Religion. I have my own beliefs and they do involve God. But I just don't buy into any one religion being the "right" religion. I believe, like I do with most things in life, that there is a grain of truth in everything and that is why I am drawn to the same church that some of my friends attend. I want the kids to understand religion and to make up their own minds. Here is the basic premise:

...that there is a Golden Thread of Spiritual Truth that weaves through the world’s Faith traditions. That among these threads of truth we understand the Oneness of God is found in Its creation, that the power of Love heals, and that we live, move and have our very being in pure Spirit. Because of this we blend the rich and diverse experiences of spiritual tradition to honor the many paths to God.

Rob and I agree that the kids need some information and if they are armed then the hope is that they will make better decisions. If I know that we hae done our part then I think we will feel more equipped to handle it if Cady is drawn toward Catholocism and wants to become a Catholic one day (I don't know, can you become Catholic?) Some day in the future Coben might meet a nice Jewish girl and convert to Judaism. It happens. But the bottom line is that it's time. The questions are being asked and we want to provide answers.

4 comments:

The Kitch Family said...

I love your philosophy. And I think it's great that you're providing a basis for your kids. Oh, and yes you can become Catholic. :) DH converted to Catholicism (raised Anglican) for me. Dana

KK said...

I like your approach. I wish I knew more about all religions. What kind of church do you attend?

XLMIC said...

We have a similar belief system regarding spirituality as you seem to. We don't go to church but have a fair understanding of several religions and know where to go to get answers for questions we can't personally field.

We had a Cady-like experience the first time my kids saw a Nativity scene. Lots of questions that went in funny directions.

PartlySunny said...

We have these discussions ALL THE TIME. But my kids are 6 and 8. Last night my son started in on the idea of god being an artist who created the world. That evolved into some sort of mother universe thing. And then I found my daughter meditating on her bed. It's nuts around here.