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Q: What religion, if any, should we teach our kids?

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3 years 27 weeks ago in  Family & Kids - China

 
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Mate, I reckon the best thing you can do for your kids is teach them to be moral, decent people with respect for others.

 

If they find religion on their own then all good but if not it's no big deal, you don't need a religion to tell you how to live.

 

If I absolutely had to choose a religion though I'd look into Dive Dude's Gaia thing and maybe buddism.

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If I consider your handle, you should maybe try with "Allan's-Snack-Bar" calling ... and pair of hockey's knee pads, 5 times a day.

 

Man, they start with the first bending/screaming at 5 AM. What happened to the sleep? 

They can't make me religious with that ...

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Until I personally see one of them catz walking on water or at least float down here in a spaceship I'm gonna remain pretty sceptical.

 

I think I'll stay away from those ones that say, 'hey, let's murder children with a giant lorry because they don't agree with us', and the ones like Toltecs/Aztecs/Maya who thought it was a good idea to sacrifice (murder) virgins for some odd-ball belief,,,  u should check-out the details we know about Aztec/Mayan ritual sacrifice,,, friggin' trippy!

 

But seriously, the one religion that does catch my eye is:

 

Gaiaism (Naturism) EDIT SHARE 

but it also has some goofy ideas,,,   imo.

 

 

Stiggs:

Yeah that at least seems sensible. Respect nature, probably not blowing anyone up or demanding money from the flock to build huge churches and pay to cover for pedo priests.

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icnif77:

http://religion.wikia.com/wiki/Gaiaism_%28Naturism%29#

 

Naturism?  Is that much different than 'naturalism'?

I fancy naturalistic beaches, i.e. 'no speedos' 

 

Back to mama Gaia:

 

Gaiaism is a nature religion composed of love of life and living, the Source in the form and concept of feminine addressed as the Goddess, the Lady, or the Mother Goddess. It is an autonomous religion, composed of prayer, ritual, and feministic belief in the Source, the Higher Power in the form of a woman.

"Core_beliefs"

The Goddess is to be revered and respected, no blasphemy. Equality is essential. Violence is not condoned. Love and Emotion are to be unleashed.

 

No blasphemy?

Jules Winnfield:

"NO BLASPHEMY! Ezekiel ..."

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haha,, I know I said I'm Peace, Love, Understanding,,, but we also have to be realistic-  the inventor of Speedo Must be extradited to Singapore to face the Bamboo Lash!

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Mate, I reckon the best thing you can do for your kids is teach them to be moral, decent people with respect for others.

 

If they find religion on their own then all good but if not it's no big deal, you don't need a religion to tell you how to live.

 

If I absolutely had to choose a religion though I'd look into Dive Dude's Gaia thing and maybe buddism.

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I would teach my kids Christianity. At the very least, teach your kids that moral values have a divine source, and that the value of a life cannot be changed by a stroke of the pen or a majority vote. 

icnif77:

'Jimmy-Two-Times' ... surprise

 

"He got this nick-name 'cause everything he said, he said it twice ... like 'I am gonna go get the papers, ... get the papers!" 

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ScotsAlan:

Disagree Hi2u. Neil Gorsich, first case he heard on SCOTUS was to strike his pen through the no box on a stay of execution. Christianity has too many factions.

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Hotwater:

Moral values don’t have a divine source. That’s supernatural bullshit. 

 

Lots of non religious people have morals whereas lots of religious people have none. 

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hi2u:

If moral values don't have a divine source, then the value of your life can be taken away by one man's decision

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hi2u:

Hotwater, if moral values have no divine source, then was Hitler not wrong to decide that the Jews had less value as people?

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Scotsalan: so do you agree that one person cannot decide the value of a human life or not?

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ScotsAlan:

I am pro choice Hi27u, and anti death penalty. I have no issue with reducing abortion time to 6 weeks or even to the morning after pill. All comes down to when a zygot becomes a human. And I will listen to a doctor before a preacher on that. If a state was to declare zero abortions allowed, not even the morning after pill, thats fine. So long as they have some sort of cradle to grave social welfare system in place.

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You need to teach your kids balance. The yin and yang.

Explain to them how humans are foremost preoccupied by securing their reductive notion of safety and stability ("fear"), notions coloured by their insecurities.
Once people feel they have enough safety and stability, they will turn expansive, pursuing their notion of ethics and fairness ("love"), also coloured by their insecurities.
This goes wrong all too often, with killings over being disrespected or feeling threatened. Tribalism, paedophilia, etc.

Turning to a religion too early, will see you manipulated before you even understand yourself. You'll be indoctrinated with religious insecurities, and trained to advance the interests of your religion before your own.

None of it will teach your children balance. It will condition them to have an emotional, guttural reaction to socially relevant issues, hampering your ability to form a rationed, independent opinion. Disabling your ability to interact and connect with people too far from your value system.

Your child is half Chinese. She doesn't have the luxury of being an ignorant member of a safe in-group. She needs to be OK with not entirely belonging anywhere, being self-reliant. Your child will face insults and discrimination. If she's not able to understand people's insecurity-driven behaviour, she won't be able to move past the insults, and connect with others.

ScotsAlan:

As usual. A superb coin answer. Our local government controld Buddist temple has been closed for months for refurbishment. I need to check its open so I can take daughter there. Last time there I tried to explain if there is a God, then there is only one. And dont let anyone tell you their God is better than yours. Most religions have the same general message.But she should probably my more exposed to buddhism, because thats least likely to get her in trouble later on if she grows (God willing) to be a full blown religious person. But wait. How can their be one true religion if a parent can decide the religion of the child. Thats a point. And coin, your comments about being not in one specific group are spot on. Thanks for explaining so well.

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Thanks for the kind words, very gratifying. Buddhism has extremists too, now. Look at Burma eradicating Rohingya Muslims. It may not be monotheism, but it's still organized religion. I'd be very concerned about any monks having power over the alleged spiritual enlightenment of my child. Power corrupts, so don't hand out power over your kids to any institution you don't have to, would be my impulse.

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I agree Coin. About Bhuddism I mean. Ha ha. The wife took the daughter to some sort of vegan cooking lesson today. Seems to be run by hip full face bearded millenial.. Russian I think, trying to sell veg cookers. She will probably be a vegan tomorrow. Too many sects trying to hijack your kids. At least the Christians are easy to spot with their Noahs ark colouring books and blessed pencils :-)

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No religion. They will make their own decision once they are old enough. 

 

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Christianity. Why? Because it alone is truth. It provides the proper foundation for all of life's important questions. Contrary to popular thought, it is the best 'religion' for China because it teaches obedience to government (unless it runs contrary to God's Word), provides the only foundation for morality and thus ought to produce a moral and hard-working people, since Christians are to work as they work for Christ. It teaches that all other worldviews are false--this includes nearly everything purported above--and that Christ alone can provide salvation for a fallen humanity. 

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