Thursday, June 12, 2014
Opinion: Children and Religion.
Most people are born into a religion, taught of the ways for that particular religion and stay in that one till they die. From cradle to grave.
But there are people who deviate from that somewhat straight path. Some are born into a "liberal" family that believes a child should be given a choice in what religion they wish to practice. This would lead to a childhood of learning various religions hence giving them a good basis to choose from.
Mozart asked me what do I think would be a better way.
First note: I am not waving a flag telling you to convert into another religion.
Second note: I believe in religious freedom.
My personal belief is that a child is born into a religion but with the freedom of learning about the others on their own initiative. And upon reaching adulthood, they should be given the option to convert, if they want to.
I do not think most parents are equipped for the second option because I doubt they can be that impartial or knowledgeable. They will find it hard to not favour one religion over another.
Yes, there will be the exceptions but not many.
I remember someone mentioning to me how in Indonesia you can have parents that practice different religions. And upon reaching adulthood, the kid can choose. That person went on to say how religion A involves singing (which somehow represents fun) while B involves being scolded for not reciting the holy book properly or skipping prayers. This would definitely make someone choose A over B.
Third note: If anyone can confirm if the above practice is true in Indonesia, or not, do leave a comment.
My thoughts: If someone is as easily influenced by such trivial matters, do you even want them to eventually be a representative of your religion?
But it also proves my belief that a child should be born into a certain religion but with the freedom to learn and choose later on when they are mature and with knowledge.
After all, my religion is supposed to be about free will. Not about force, right?