--- Larry <larrytheillini@...
> --- In email@example.com, Rick Sharer
> <rlsharer@y...> wrote:
> > > Heh. You're dodging the question. How do I
> > > properly answer "So,
> > > Daddy, YOU believe in God, right?"
> > Properly? Truthfully.
> > Properly in the context of not upsetting your
> > You lie like a dog.
> > It's your choice.
> > ...
> > Choosing to raise your child in a belief system
> > you do not believe is pure hypocrisy, usually
> > by spousal compromise...ergo, there is inherent
> > controversy.
> You're misunderstanding the situation and making an
> awfully big
> assumption (though probably the inevitable one)
> about my wife.
Actually, I was speaking of the General You, since I
don't really know enough about your situation to make
a call one way or another. I apologize if it sounded
like I was calling *you* a hypocrite...I was speaking
about anybody, including me.
You mentioned (in a question) that you may do
something similar, but again, I don't have enough
> I'm not trying to pretend to believe in God so that
> Laurel will. But
> I'm also not trying to raise her as a freak like
> Madeline Murray
> O'Hair's kid who was all messed up because his
> mother had "kept" him
> from God. She's going to have to be familiar with
> the concept.
That's cool. Again, not going after you. :)
> What I was asking you personally was whether it was
> sinful for an
> atheiest to lie to his kid to encourage the kid to
> believe in God.
> Or is it better to tell the truth, which is that
> Daddy is an atheist,
> which probably leads to the kid (at least for many
> years) being one
The answer is the same. It is a sin to lie, it is not
a sin to raise a child in Truth...there are multiple
things going on in your hypothetical. :)
> It was more hypothetical than you took it,
> because I don't
> intend to lie to her.
Again, I didn't intend my explanation to be anything
> But first we'll work on Santa
> Claus. Atheism
> can wait a few years.
> She's not being raised Catholic, if that's what
> you're concerned
> about. ;)
> Nonetheless, lying is not an elemental prohibition
> in the ten
> commandments. It doesn't belong with "killing,
> cheating, stealing"
> which are.
However, "bearing false witness" *is* addressed,
precisely because the effects of such can lead to
> > That's never been confirmed,
> Can four million Evangelicals be wrong? ;)
> > and if Bush becomes
> > instrumental in creating a Peace in the middle
> > I'm going to be a lot less confident in that
> > assertion.
> I'll be right there to say "I told you so." Heh.
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