Let me preface this with admitting the obvious. I have terrible grammar, sentence structure, language skills and vocabulary. It severely limits me in getting a point across. I wanted to post the following thoughts on my Facebook after these thoughts woke me up at 5am this morning.
I think I am really here to rant because my wife and daughter (atheists) have both told me NOT to post the following on my page. It pisses me off that I feel I can't post it due to the inevitable repercussions.....so you get the task of being my emotional tampon.
Dean and Tina are my brother in law and sister in law...Gracie is their beautiful 14 month old child. We have a great relationship even though I am atheist and they are VERY Christian. I saw them all yesterday for a birthday party and dinner. It was a wonderful time.
"Yesterday I got to see my beautiful niece Gracie look at the world through the eyes of an atheist, just as I do. Gracie has no belief in any gods at this time. She doesn't believe in Jesus..Allah...Buddha..Ra..Zeus...none. She is by definition an atheist at this moment. Yesterday, she smiled and laughed while exploring her world all the while learning...gaining knowledge like a sponge soaking up water and what a beautiful sight it was. Gracie does not understand good/evil....right from wrong....so she occasionally needs to be told a firm "No" when she is about to get into something that she might break or be harmful to her. Dean and Tina are awesome parents and shower her with love and affection. Gracie is their child and they love her and treat her the way that you would want all parents to treat their children. BUT, there will come a day when Gracie will be taught that she is inherently flawed...she will be taught that she is a sinner and not worthy of her fathers (God) love unless she worships and is saved by a God that she had no evidence of up until that point. She will be taught that God drowned almost everyone in the world that did not obey him. That is going to be a hard concept of love for her to grasp versus what she had experienced as love during her life up to that point.
Adam and Eve were like Gracie was yesterday. What they did was disobeyed their father by eating the fruit... seeking knowledge about things in their surroundings that were put there by their father in the first place. They didn't know good from evil...right from wrong...they were just told "No". Eating the fruit after being told "No" was their crime. I saw Gracie touch a nick-knack on the coffee table that was put there in the first place by one of us. Tina told Gracie "no" and a few seconds later Gracie touched it again. With a little firmer "no" Gracie decided to move on and explore something else in the world around her and all of that was forgotten. That "punishment" fit the "crime". Not once did it cross anyones mind to tell Gracie that she is now no longer worthy of our love....that she will now surely die as well as her next 10 generations of children, grand children, great grand children, etc. Nobody ever thought for a second that she is now flawed...a sinner...deserving of burning forever in the fires of hell, separated from our love.
Gracie is the sweetest baby you could ever hope to have in your life. She embodies love, happiness and innocence. What really makes me sad is that she will be taught by these same wonderful parents (and i do sincerely mean wonderful) that she is so much less and so is anyone else that hasn't been saved by Jesus. She will be taught that atheists like myself are going to hell and burn forever because we aren't "saved" by this same Jesus that she had no knowledge or evidence of until she was told of him. Surely, one day, after being raised as a Christian, she will ask if I am "saved". I will have to explain to her about the lack of evidence for her god as well as all the others that have been proclaimed. At that point she will look at me differently....she will immediately place me in a category in her mind of a sinner that is going to hell and deservedly so according to her beliefs. That will be a very sad day for me. I hope that I will have the mental faculties to recall the feeling of awe watching Gracie when she was a young atheist discovering the world around her...smiling....laughing..loving...seeking knowledge. That was before she was indoctrinated into a belief system (without being given any choice in the matter) where we are all flawed and destined for death because Adam and Eve were seeking knowledge just as our little Gracie was yesterday. "