I am a father of two young girls. I did not grow up in a religious family and have no intentions of mentioning anything about Jesus to my kids. My wife is Buddhist. I’m agnostic about everything.

The problem that I have with Christianity is that from what I can tell, it’s long on morality and magic, short on skills. Christianity teaches punishment and reward without teaching the skills required to attain the lofty goals so preached.

In other words, if we want to improve ourselves, Christianity teaches prayer, not the skills required to get better. And if you fail, well, you’re punished without so much as a whisper of what skills you might need to avoid the punishment.

I model the behavior I want my kids to know for kids are the greatest imitators. I’m not here to tell them what to do. I am here to show them the way to peace. And though there may be some that have actually found peace in Christianity, I am not personally aware of such people. If they have any peace at all, it is because they have the skills to get along. Else Heaven is one gigantic bribe to “be good.”

If my kids hear of the name “Jesus” and mention it to me, then we can have that conversation. All that I am teaching them is to think for themselves. Try things on to see if they fit, and know that they can change their minds at any time. They are already very strong, but that is mostly their doing. I’m just a facilitator.

I provide a peaceful environment for them to grow. They do the rest. According to your article, you’re doing the same thing. Just keep going.

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Husband, father, worker, philosopher, and observer. Plumbing the depths of consciousness to find the spring of happiness. Write on.

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