Letter to a Christian Nation.
Letter to a Christian Nation.
I was born and raised in a devout Christian family. My father was a Nazarene Evangelist and my mother taught Sunday school and led the choir. I was taught all of the fundamental Christian values.
This is where my trouble began.
1. Thou shall not kill. (Why are we killing people in wars and prison?)
2. Thou shall not bear false witness. (Why did you lie to me about Santa Clause, Tooth fairy, where my dog went and all the other things that I now know are false?)
3. Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your manservant, nor your maidservant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it. (Why does Grandpa milk the cows? When we travel on Sunday and buy gas is that a sin? We make somebody work.)
4. You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor’s.” (It seems like everyone is trying to have what everyone else has.)
I never received any good answers for these questions. I was told to pray for understanding. If I had faith in God and lived by his rules I would be OK.
This did not work. I felt like I was a sinner. I would never go to Heaven. When I became attracted to girls all hell descended upon me. My thoughts were that I was possessed by the Devil.
No more church and no more praying. I was a lost cause. I was going to hell. I stopped thinking about all of it as much as I could. Mostly I just felt guilty all the time. Alcohol and girls made me feel better. Work raised my opinion of myself. These things became my direction in life. Working hard and being successful made me feel that I was doing something right even if I was a sinner.
After failed marriages and a lot of work I found myself with a son, enough money to be comfortable and a beautiful wife. Now I had a new problem. How should I raise my son? Maybe I should get him to church so he does not go to hell like me.
I joined church and took him to Sunday school. I knew from my own experience I needed answers when he asked questions. I began to study. I read the Bible diligently. I went after all the other books that the Church suggested.
I still had to many questions. I studied harder. Took the Bible with me everywhere. If I had a free moment I read. Then the question hit me. What if this is the wrong religion? I am sending my son to hell.
I started studying Islam, Buddhism, Hindu, and New Age. They were all different but very similar. I decided to study History to see if I could determine which one was indeed correct.
After many years the studies kept coming to the same conclusion with each religion. They were all man made by men to answer what were then unanswerable questions. They had been modified many times to suit other men’s agendas. Absolutely none of them were based on any sound logical information. They were a hodgepodge of myths that had been assembled and recorded by men to further themselves in the societies they were in.
Now what do I pass on to my son?
Where here is where I started.
1. Killing is wrong. Sometimes you will participate in killing to protect and feed your family. That can be OK but never taken lightly and without remorse. Never for sport or thrill. We are supposed to be a higher being.
We are supposed to be a higher life form. Survival is natural and required to continue the species.
2. Sex is a beautiful and natural thing. It should be experienced without guilt between to loving individuals. Follow your instincts and your heart. We would not be here without the love and mating of our species.
3. Try not to judge others. Live and let be. Ask questions from those you disagree with. We all have plenty to learn.
4. Search for happiness within. You will not find it in material things. That happiness is fleeting. You also will not find it at the expense of others.
5. We are here for a very short time. Try always to make it as wonderful as possible for You, Your family and mankind in general.
6. Education is the single greatest tool you will ever have. Always strive to learn all the factual information you can. Never accept anything as fact if it requires you to abandon reason.
The list is constantly evolving. I hope it will serve him well. Best of all I don’t need to tell him he is going to hell. He is eighteen now in the top of his class and bound for college.