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So, after some pressure from family, we let our youngest be baptized on Saturday night during the Easter Vigil service at my SIL's church. It was actually a nice little service, very pretty and very sweet. Anyway, a bible is usually presented to the child being baptized during the service, and she had stuck his baptism certificate and a copy of a very sweet letter she wrote to him inside. Now, I don't know if this is intentional or not, my husband thinks it is a coincidence, but it just seems TOO coincidental to me... The page she stuck the papers in was Psalm 14 which reads:
Originally Posted by God, supposedly
Denunciation of Godlessness
Fools say in their hearts, "There is no God."
They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds;
there is no one who does good.
The LORD looks down from heaven on humankind
to see if there are any who are wise, who seek after God.
They have all gone astray, they are all alike perverse;
there is no one who does good, no, not one.
Have they no knowledge, all the evildoers
who eat up my people as they eat bread,
and do not call upon the LORD?
There they shall be in great terror,
for God is with the company of the righteous.
You would confound the plans of the poor,
but the LORD is their refuge.
O that deliverance for Israel would come from Zion!
When the LORD restores the fortunes of his people,
Jacob will rejoice; Israel will be glad.
If that's a coincidence, HAHA HOLY CRAP! And if it's not.... Well HAHA just the same I guess. But still. /eyeroll
I'm pretty sure they know I'm an atheist, or at the very least, that I have never had organized religion and church services as a part of my upbringing. When we do go to church things, I stand and sit with the congregation (Episcopalian services involve a lot of the priest saying one thing and the congregation replying with something else) but I never speak along with them, and I never sing the hymns. Hell, I don't even bother picking up the hymn book and pretending anymore. I just stand there. Oh, and they have communion at the end of every service, and I'm usually the only person left sitting in a pew that doesn't go up. I was thankful at the baptism that the boys' godmother is Taiwanese and I think a Taoist, so I had someone to sit with while everyone else went up, LOL.
Actually, I was totally chuckling to myself thinking if they only knew that they are doing this whole religious ceremony where non-believers actually outnumbered the believers involved. DH, myself, and the boys' godfather, are all atheist, and their godmother is somewhere between atheist and Taoist (she may believe in a higher power of some sort, but definitely not the god of any western religion, and she thinks all organized religion is complete crap). Then there's my kids, whose only knowledge of "Jesus Christ" is that it's something mommy and daddy blurt out when they're very angry. They've heard the term "god" before, there's one line in their little snacktime rhyme at school that mentions it, but really they don't know anything about "god" other than it's usually followed by "d@mn it" in our house, again when mommy and daddy are mad about something. LOL
I'm just waiting for the day Connor starts asking questions, which will more than likely be prompted by something his friends at school tell him. I get a little nervous when my in-laws want to take the kids to something churchy without us because I wonder if they will start quizzing them about whether we're teaching them about Christianity at all. This is a big part of why I usually end up attending things with them, so that they can't corner the kids alone and pry info from them or put any ideas in their heads that we should be teaching them this stuff.