Okay, this may or may not be interesting… Most of you know who I am and what I represent. I am the author of the Responsive Universe; I have studied Buddhism and philopshy, I meditate daily and I am happy my vote counted in the US Presidential Election.

I have a ten-year old son who has been raised in a very liberal household. We do not live in a godless home but we do not preach that Jesus is our savior and we do not attend church. We celebrate Christmas but it is more about a celebration of lights and giving – I guess we are pagans? No seriously, I try to emulate Buddhist ideals including the law of karma. My son has never been baptized and neither have I.

I thought it would be fun to ask some lofty questions to a child whose mind has been preserved from religious dogma and other trappings. Here we go….

Dad: What is the definition of God?

Son: Isn’t it some guy that sits up in the clouds…

 

Dad: What does this God up in the clouds do?

Son: He waters the plants with rain… “jokingly”

 

Dad: Do you believe that or do you think science explains why rain falls from the heavens above?

Son: I believe science explains a lot everyday in school…

 

Dad: Do you believe in Hell?

Son: Is that the hot fiery place? No, I do not believe in Hell but I do believe in the Center of the Earth…

 

Dad: Do you believe in Heaven?

Son: Is that the place up in the clouds? Huh, I am not sure – ask the pilots who fly planes…

 

Dad: What are churches for?

Son: They build them so they can ring the bells up in the towers…

 

Dad: Who is Buddha?

Son: He is the guy that has his hands hidden in his sleeves and is bald…

 

Dad: Who is Jesus?

Son: He is the guy who likes to hang on crosses…

 

Granted a couple of these answers had me laughing hysterically….

I am sure this little question and answer session would make a reborn Christian gasp in anger. Sorry about that… Still, I think it is interesting how a child assimilates answers when they have been raised in a home sans of religion. My son is the most kind and gentle kid ever. He knows compassion, right from wrong and especially love and respect without any dogmatic religious teachings. I am preserving his mind so that when he is an adult he can make these decisions himself – if he wants to…

When the question of death or an afterlife comes up I have explained we are all energy changing form – never to be destroyed. I explained that God is the Universe – an instinctual energy that connects us at sublime levels and quantum physics sheds light on this subject – This is when I realize he is not even paying attention to me.

 

John C. Bader

www.responsiveuniverse.com

 

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