I am a non-believer, or better yet, just consider myself in the vein of the
late Hitchens, an anti-theist, in that I detest any and all forms the
idea of religion.
I’ve been divorced from my first wife, who is an evangelical Christian,
for a couple of years now, and we had two children together, two children
with whom I love very deeply.
Just the other day during my portion of our time sharing week, my children,
daughter who is five, son who is four, came home to tell me that they dare
not lie. That lying will send them to the “devil”.
I don’t even know how to sum up just how disgusted I was/am. The thought
of my two children having to grow up with fear for, and, unconditional
severality towards fictional beings.
Now that these seeds have unfortunately been planted, when and how would be
the correct time and way to explain to them that there is nothing to be
afraid of? When and how can I explain to them that there is no evidence to
suggest that they need to be afraid of an imaginary fireman underground who
knows when you lie?
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