While lying next to my daughter the other night, she asked all sorts of questions about God. The one that really got me was “Will God help me if I ever need him?” I had to hold back from crying because I knew it would confuse her. After assuring her that God would always be there for her, she fell asleep…. and I laid there, wide awake, wondering if what I just said was even true and if I should have told her that.
I have said before that I am not religious. And by “Not Religious” I mean I cannot bring myself to attend a house of God without that bitter voice of doubt clouding every thought while the preacher is speaking. So I stopped going. Am I an Atheist? I'm not sure. I have wrestled with the thought of God since I was a teenager. But that doesn't stop me from teaching my children about God.
"Why would you teach your children about God if you often don't even believe in Him?"
It’s hard to explain but I feel learning about God teaches us (among other things) how to believe in something we can't see or touch. Something so powerful that it could get us out of any horrible situation. I think this is important for a child to lean. Learning to have faith in God is the first step in a long line of beliefs: in your family, in your friends, in yourself, in love, etc.
I've had to deal with a lot painful things during my childhood and throughout my teens. There have been plenty of times that I just felt cornered, like the situation I was in was too much for me to handle. But I knew – I just KNEW God would somehow get me out of it and I would be alright.
I hope that my children will never have experiences similar to what I had, but if they do, I hope that they will be able to draw strength from their faith to help them in their time of need and never feel alone.
Do you (or will you) teach your children about God? Why or why not? Please feel free to be open and honest.