Look what they do to a child’s mind.
I saw this article from pro-Life Philippines. It has something to do on how an 8 year old kid explains God. Well, for believers this article is kind of cute, but for critical analysis, it’s quite dangerous.
In the article the kid said “If you don’t believe in God, besides being an atheist, you will be very lonely, because your parents can’t go everywhere with you, like to camp, but God can. It is good to know He’s around you when you’re scared in the dark or when you can’t swim and you get thrown into real deep water by big kids.”
Well how nice, but does that make a kid too dependent and does that make him too irresponsible?
To teach a child that someone is always looking in his back gives the kid an impression of false security. He will have the impression that what ever happened, God will always be there for him. Now suppose something does happen? What if his friend Jimmy died in the camp because of an accident? Suppose Danny and Jimmy went swimming in the camp and Jimmy drowned. What will Danny might think about Jimmy as why not God save his friend? Well, Danny believes that if his parents are away, God and Jesus is with him, aren’t they? Danny might also believe that since Jimmy’s parents were also not with him, God is supposed to take care of them while their parents are away. So what happened? Will that make Jimmy evil because God wasn’t there for Little Jimmy? How will Danny’s parents explain that to him? What will be their excuse? Will the child rather imagine that God have abandoned Little Jimmy and refused to save him because Jimmy is a naughty kid or will Danny rather have the knowledge that Jimmy died as a consequence of an act or an event and that God has nothing to do with it. Maybe Danny’s parents should teach him that it’s better to be responsible to think before you act. That if you are alone in the dark, no one will save you but yourself a cellphone, and a flashlight rather that God, prayers and imaginary sanguinity. If only Danny believe that without their parents, he must be extra careful since there is no God around to call for help in case there are no grown-ups around to look for them, the accident might not had happen. As they say, believers always rely on a make believe support. Kind of a Snuffleupagus does it?
Religion never teaches a child to be independent and to be responsible for his own action but rather just give him a sagacity of artificial optimism.
As for the rest of the article, I think no one really took the time to read the whole Bible to Danny Dutton of Chula Vista, CA. Because if Danny only knew what was written in the Bible, I think Danny Boy will have to re-write his whole homework assignment.