Disclaimer: I am not referring to the way Christianity is taught to young children who don’t yet have the cognitive awareness to deal with anything that is any more than black and white.
Putting these young children aside the way children and adults are taught about Christianity could very well influence whether they start to believe in god or continue to believe in god as they grow up and life happens. I definitely remember going through phases in my life where I either didn’t believe in god at all or was heavily questioning his/her existence purely because of all the shit going on in my life.
And I know many people go through the same. I can’t help but think this may be because of how it’s taught and this is for two reasons.
- Life is not black and white and Christianity is the same – for those with the cognitive capability to understand the grey areas the grey areas must be taught.
- Life happens. Not everyone gets healed, natural disasters happen. Even children are able to see these inconsistencies with some of the bibles teachings and reality. We need to welcome and allow questions, and answer them in the best way possible. I know some of these questions are really hard to answer but evading them is not the answer! The classic “What do you think?” is a better approach to evading them.
- The bible is inconsistent and any intelligent person can see that. This itself can contribute to people doubting in Christianity and I have definitely been challenged by people on this. Although this is a difficult one it is important to try and guide people to the conclusion about all these inconsistencies that fits with their judgement.
I guess what I’m trying to get from this is that the words you use, your body language, the people, music and everything else can have a huge impact and it’s something to really think about whenever you talk to anyone about Christianity. It’s easy to get defensive when people challenge aspects of it but try really hard not to!