During Missy B’s two years of Christian preschool I heard her say things like, “My teacher says Jesus makes babies.” and “Please Jesus, make my hair grow.” I thought she’d be a believer for sure. But now she’s seven and says she doesn’t believe in god.
Why the change? Is it because the stories she’s been told aren’t believable? I couldn’t believe them either, at her age. Or did she declare non-belief because she learned that I don’t believe?
Missy B adores me. She has said she wants to live with me. In her journal she deemed me her best friend. I know she really wants to please me. Is Missy’s non-belief a way to align with me?
Little sister Lizzy is five years old, goes to a secular pre-school and has not been indoctrinated at Sunday school. Her father has taught her about god and Jesus. Lizzy believes in god.
Does Lizzy believe in god because Daddy believes? Does she see certain advantages to saying she believes in god?
Ever since Missy B said she doesn’t believe in god, little Lizzy wants to say grace at dinnertime. There is good incentive to say it. She’s the center of attention when she says grace. Everyone at the table has to be quiet and listen to her. It makes Daddy proud. It makes Missy B squirm and get in trouble if she won’t say Amen. Is it really about thanking god? Or is it about attention and winning favor?
Their dad says Missy is too young to decide she doesn’t believe in god. Doesn’t it follow that Lizzy is too young to decide she does believe?
I think they’re both too young. Children shouldn’t be burdened with thoughts of gods, religion and life after death. Let them be children! Make their childhoods happy and carefree.
Are their minds made up forever? It will be interesting to see.