This is Where Defined Religious Beliefs Would Be Awfully Handy.

by Amber on October 22, 2012

“Mommy, who made me?”

The question comes, as these questions always do, when I am tired, grumpy, and out of brain cells. At bedtime. Scrubbing my hands across my tired face, I try to think.

“Well, I made you. In my tummy,” I answer, patting my belly.

“My friend said that God made us,” she says, wrinkled brow revealing her confusion.

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“She did, huh?” That’s what I say out loud. Internally, I’m thinking,”I am so f’ing not ready to have this conversation.”

“Yeah. Who’s God?”

Crap. I’m going to have to come up with an answer.

“God. Well, God is the force that creates everything: you, me, daddy…even the birds outside.”

“Is God a person?”

“That depends on who you ask.”

“But is he?”

She already refers to God as a he. Huh.

“You know what, honey? I’d love to talk about this with you, but it’s late, and you need to go to sleep. How about we talk about this tomorrow?”

“But who is God?”

Damn, she’s persistent. I blame her daddy for that.

“God is love, honey.”

Even as I say it, I know that’s not an answer that’s going to satisfy her.

“But who is he?”

There’s only one thing to do: distract her.

“What do you think you’re going to dream about? I’m going to dream about riding pink sparkly unicorns through a forest of chocolate chips and gummy worms.”

Thankfully, it works.

“I’m going to dream about the ocean.”

“The ocean?”

“Yeah. We’re going there soon. With Grandma Susie. And Papa. And Josh and Jazzmine.”

“We sure are. You have sweet dreams then, okay, sweetie?”

With that, I kiss her forehead and quickly make my escape. But I know it’s only temporary. The God question is sure to come up again. And I’m not sure I’ll have a better answer.

How can I?

I believe in God, but I’m one of those obnoxious people who’s spiritual rather than religious. I don’t have a good answer. A pat answer.

God just is.

It’s not like I have a standard judeo-christian belief system to fall back on. I’ve never been a regular church-goer. My parents are straight up atheists, so I came up with my religious views on my own.

And they? Are not what the Catholic (or even Lutheran) church teaches.

In my mind, God is love. I don’t think God really gives a crap about homosexuality, or abortion, or the politics of the United States. God exists on a higher plane – one that’s above all that crap.

I don’t know. Maybe she’d be better off if we indoctrinated her in the standard protestant belief system, rather than my hippy-dippy smorgasbord of religious views.

But to do that, we have to find a church. And I’ve never found one that resonates with me.

Which is why I find myself searching Amazon for children’s books that explain God, and everything that means.

You can, after all, find anything on Amazon.

Heck, maybe Amazon is God. Well, maybe a combination of Amazon and Google. “He” is supposed to be omniscient, and able to answer our every question, right?

And with that statement, I seal my fate. I’m going to Hell.

Maybe I’ll see Mitt Romney there.

What do you think?

 

 

 

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Meagan October 22, 2012 at 11:52 pm

Have you explored the Buddhist idea of oneness? That might be an idea you can explain and relate to God for her.

Remind me to tell you about the conversation I had with the boys when they asked why we don’t go to church.
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Jackie October 23, 2012 at 8:51 pm

Hmm…. tough one. I think that if hell really existed then I’d be right there with you… and Mitt.

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Lady Jennie October 25, 2012 at 12:23 pm

Okay I’ll give a serious answer rather than a funny one about Mitt Romney. ;-) I think you should get her a children’s Bible (unless you don’t believe in Jesus, in which case a Bible wouldn’t suit). You can read it like a story and let it tell its own story – let her make up her own mind.
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Alex@LateEnough November 1, 2012 at 9:08 pm

I have found a few books that talk about God in a spiritual way rather than a religious way — one is a picture book and I can’t remember how only your kid is but it’s really great — the link is in this 2nd paragraph of this post: http://www.lateenough.com/2011/04/teaching-my-children-about-god-information-versus-indoctrination/ plus that post talks about information versus indoctrination of our kids and God
And I wrote a piece on ProgressiveChristianity.org about describing God as love and not a person to me kids: http://progressivechristianity.org/resources/god-is-love-the-daily-lessons-of-god-in-parenting/
Now I was thinking of Bible verses as I was talking, but I didn’t quote any to my kids.
Also, we home-church because we are really liberal and haven’t found a church that suits us and use the Progressive Christian curriculum because it draws from all faiths and is rooted in history and science but is still Christianity where my husband and I personally feel God the strongest when it comes to religion
PS. I’m not paid to promote them or anything. We actually started using their curriculum before they found my writings on God and spirituality and hired me to write for them on God stuff. I just struggled a lot with wanting my kids to have a sense of God but I’ve gone in and out of the church side of God while always maintain a strong personal relationship and wasn’t sure how to pass that along to my children and certainly didn’t want someone else to do that for me though.
Hope that helps. xo

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