One afternoon last year, I was at the park, in my zone balling like LeBron, and a couple of little boys (probably 7 or 8 years old) came over and started watching me. One of the kids left and the other asked if he could shoot around with me. I bit my tongue a little bit and told him sure with a smile. So after shooting around for a couple minutes the little boy asked me, “Do you know Christ?” I thought about if for a second before replying, “Yeah, he is a pretty cool guy.” I am not too religious, although I was raised as a Christian and I used to go to church when I was his age. The only reason I answered like I did was because I didn’t want to get a chastised by an 8 year old boy on why I should be a Christian.
The question caught me off guard at first, until I realized he belonged to a Christian group that was having a recess at the park. I guess one of the people in charge of the kiddos encouraged the little boy to come over and ask me. So after about 15 minutes of chasing this little kids air-balls and hearing him talk about Christ, I couldn’t take it anymore and had to cut my time short at the park.
Got me thinking…How would have have answered his question?
I do believe in a higher power but I don’t really consider myself to be a Christian. I believe in Karma more than anything. I know it’s a stupid story, but I don’t think i’ll ever forget it…Anyways I am going to go hangout with my brother and see Prometheus. Later HEthians, have a good one.
I think you answered well. it would have been pointless to argue in this case, because it would just confuse the kid. I was raised as a lutheran and I remember how guilty i felt when i started to question christianity. He’ll likely start thinking for himself once he gets older and develop his own religious/philosophical/non-religious views.
@petergd, Like you, I was raised Christian, and I definitely believe in a higher power, and if people want to call it God that’s their business. I don’t really believe in the church is how I would have responded. The church (whichever one you want to pick, not any single one) is just too messy, creates to many problems, and has to many rules.
For me, a higher being is the cause of existence, or just is existence itself. Personally, I would’ve presented the kid with every contradiction in the Bible and religion known to man, just to throw him off his game, but you seem like a much nicer person than me. I also would have said I believe in a philosophical god and not a theological one.