My kids’ father is Christian. I’m a Universalist. I teach Buddhism, Tao, Wicca, & Christianity. I used to be a Wiccan. I am certain with the two beliefs it is potentially difficult and confusing for them to make a decision.
However we as parents can make it easy by telling them they don’t have to make a choice now and that it would be preferable if they explore all options until they are old enough and ready to decide on their own what religion is right for them.
Maybe they will choose something else other than Universalism or Christianity. Whatever they choose will be their choice I hope and not something that they fell obligated because their parents are one thing or the other. If we don’t push them to hard, keep in the teachings that both have good qualities to offer, and that there are many religions out there that equally have things to share, they are more likely to make a good decision than a bad one.
Both Wiccans and Christians teach to avoid violence and that harming other is wrong, so they are equal in that position of good moral guidance. They both teach of a supreme being. Go figure. With these two things that are so similar, it brings me to believe there are actually more positive then negative about having two religions teachings taught to children, as long as the two people aren’t fighting about what religion the child should learn or should be a part of as the child is growing and trying to choose for itself. It is best to teach and/or all ideals and religions jointly, so that the child has a footing onto what he/she might want to follow later. It would at least give them basis for good moral standards and show that there is no animosity towards each other’s differences in opinion. If you are going to down each other for your differences then the children are just going to judge both individuals as harshly as you judge one another. After all if you teach them religious hate, bigotry, and biased then what is to keep them from showing the same hate, bigotry, and biased towards your ideals in spite of what you think or want them to learn. The two parents should try to put aside what differences they think that they might have. Instead, they should focus on the similarities and the pros rather than the cons.
Just as Christ was believe to have lived and died for our sins and had rose again to enter the kingdom of heaven, did you know that in Religious beliefs he wasn’t the first believed deity to have rose after death. He is just the only deity recognized by Christians. Christ has been proven to have existed, and we have found proof of Giant humans in Peru which would confirm the existence of Goliath, but it also proves that the Giants that the Nordics may have existed, just most likely not with powers like was mentioned. Often time’s people made things grander than what they really were in the days of old to make their conquests seem validated or more significant than it really was. To tell the truth I wasn’t there when all these things occurred and no one was there when I caught my 40-foot long fish. How many have told whoppers like that one when on fishing trips or hunting trips? Just a point in case. I cannot and will not down any religion. I think they all have equal amounts of validity. Now I will tell you a Nordic tell as promised and a few more others if you enjoy them let me know.
In Nordic lore Baldure the son of Frigga and Odin had a ominous dreams that foretold his death. Frigga asked all of nature to promise not to cause any harm to Baldure, and all of nature did promise except the mistletoe that had been missed and overlooked somehow. Loki known for being mischievous and the trickster tricked Hod into killing Baldur by having him throw a spear at him made of mistletoe. Knowing that Frigga had made all of nature promise that they would do no harm to Baldure he thought that Baldure would be safe. Baldure fell down dead. Baldur was ceremonially burnt upon his ship, Hringhorni, the largest of all ships for his decent into the underworld. As he was carried to the ship, Odin his father whispered in his ear the key riddle that would help him return to them.
Thor kicked the dwarf Litr into the funeral fires and was burnt alive. Baldur’s wife “Nana” through herself upon the flames to await Ragnock to be reunited with her husband. Baldur’s horse with all his trappings was burnt on the pyre to. Earnest requests were sent for his return. Hel (the Nordic goddess that presides over a realm that receives a portion of the dead) promised to release him if all would weep for him and all did except for the giantess “Þökk”. Instead she tells them, “let Hel hold what she has.” Baldur was not or rather will not be released until after Ragnock ( the end of days) when Baldur and his brother Höðr is believed by the Nodics that they would be/will be reconciled and rule the new earth together with Thor’s sons.
This is were we get the use of the mistletoe at Christmas, because afterward the mistletoe would be hung above the doorway on the eves believed to be the months of Baldur’s death. When men would meet at the doorway they would knock heads. For obvious reasons that doesn’t go over well with the woman you want to marry so as it moved into more contemporary cultures guys decided the girl would like it more if they were kissed under it and told them that it would bring good luck in their lives and or relationships.
For the most part the story sounds similar to the Christian story in areas doesn’t it, but all religions share similarities in there stories and people are so caught up in what they believe is true that they are so willing to say that the other religion is wrong. I don’t think any one religion is more right or wrong than the other. I think we aren’t ready to listen sometimes.
If you are curious about Nordic Lore you can read more at “Traces of the Norse Mythology in the Isle of Man by P.M.C. Kermode .”
Osiris/Isis/ Horus, in Egyptian texts, was the mortal form of the combined spirits of Nut and Geb believed to have been produced from a virgin birth just as Jesus was in Christian texts. I’m not downing Christians. I’m only pointing out similarities in religions. If you believe that all these texts are accurate to some point or another, then it would only show you that the Divine has never once left us in complete darkness, but has always been here trying to lead us closer to him/her/it.
Every single person has a right to his or her own ideals, yet we all seem to have this problem were we refuse to allow anyone else to have an opinion of some sort. Why is this? Are we so afraid that they may have more to contribute then us, that they will be taken out of the spotlight so much as to the idea that if someone listens to what someone else says even a tiny bit that the embers of their ideas will burn out completely? Maybe, maybe not, but the important thing we need to realize is if we allow a voice and some understanding instead of a constant rebuttal, maybe we might learn something new. Also instead of destroying the tales of the other person why not incorporate them into the tales you tell as well as the tales you already knew and know and see how much more you learn from them.
Every single person in life has something important to contribute.
If you want to read more on Osiris, then you should read “The World’s Sixteen Crucified Saviors, by Kersey Graves, ” Just like Hercules in Greek Mythology-Osiris, while a suckling infant in his cradle, killed two serpents which came to destroy him. The Difference in the two is that I believe Hera only sent one serpent to kill Hercules.
There are so many stories, but I think that everyone here is fully capable of looking them up if they are curious at all.
What started me up today was mostly my curiosity were I could purchase mistletoe or if I could at this time of year. We are closing in on Christmas, Solcist, and Honika if I am correct. However, obviously Halloween, Samhain (summer’s end) and the Day of the Dead will be upon you first and then Thanksgiving for the Americans in November. Mistletoe is believed by some cultures to be useful in exorcisms. I can’t say that exorcisms a real or not, but I can tell you that I believe that some of these so-called exorcisms are just the person being scared into having a granmal seizures. You don’t have to have a history of epilepsy to have a seizure; just to many or to little endorphins reaching the brain to the point the brain freezes up or literally shuts down.
Every religion has pros. Every religion has cons. If you must point out the cons in one religion, don’t forget pointing out the same cons in your own religion, because even if you don’t think they are there, they are. I teach both ideas when my kids stay with me. What their father, my ex teaches isn’t my problem… If he wants the children to judge him harshly, who am I to stop him?
I however do not want my kids thinking badly about any of the religions out there or about me. I also don’t want them thinking badly of their dad. Besides they have the right to learn and try to understand their parents’ logic, moral, and ethical origins-where they get their ideas from. Eventually they will explore for themselves, and when they do, I don’t want them to think I lied to them, mislead them or even held anything back so they would think one way or the other. All children eventually grow and choose what decisions they will make of their own. If you try to choose it for them, then they will either never really learn or they will rebel and do exactly the opposite of what you had hoped. They do this not because they hate you, but in an effort to be their own person. They don’t want to be you. They may not mind being like you, but they want to live their own lives with their own decision and personal freedoms of choice. I want my children’s choice to be the right one, and not made out of contempt for something I withheld from their teachings about one religion or the other or what brought me to believe the way I do. I want to be proud of them when the time comes and they have made their own choice for their selves. May that which created all things show them the path that it has in store for them. May it be a bright and well-lit path, and may they grow to be as much of a blessing to society as they have been to me. I love my little Bill and Kamillia.