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Religion and Homeschooling

Religion is an interesting topic with home schooling.  Technically, religion is one of the main reasons people home school. 

We home school for religious reasons in the state of NE, but it is primarily because it is the easiest way to register for home school.  Some of my reasons are religous.  I want my children to be taught Christianity in school and I believe, as parent, it is my duty to do as much as I can to raise them ‘right’. 

I also believe that religion can be a dangerous reason to home school.  There are some families that home school their children to shelter them from any other ideas.  I don’t believe this is right. 

I got this idea for a post while my daughter watched her lecture series on ‘How the Earth Works’.  She has been watching a lecture a day since school began on this topic because she loves rocks and is fascinated by all the materials that make up the earth.  The lecture is from a purely scientific standpoint.  It is a college level study of evolution. 

She is also fascinated with the story of Mohammad and the start of the Islam religion and has watched movies about it.  We have learned how all major religions have started and last year we studied Darwin.

Why do I let her learn all this stuff when I don’t believe it is true?  I think it is important for her to know and I think it is arrogant for me not to teach her. 

I believe Christianity to be true, I believe the earth was created in 6 literal days, I believe that Jesus was the Messiah and is the only way to heaven.  I believe this, and I teach this to my children. 

However, I also realize that the world is full of people who believe other things just as strongly as I hold my beliefs.  I want my children to believe what I believe, and I explain to them why we believe the way we do and how it is different from others.  I teach them that in our minds, this makes us right and everyone else wrong, but in other peoples minds we are wrong and they are right.   I want them to grow up to know what they believe and why the believe it, but also to understand what others believe and respect them for it.  So much of what goes on in the world only makes sense when you understand what people believe. 

Beyond that, listening to these evolution lectures, we disagree about where it all started (they believe it is a huge stroke of luck and I believe it is God), but we are in agreement with the incredible design of our planet.   I want to learn all I can about what science is figuring out because it is amazing how everything fits together and works so well.   It makes it more and more of a God thing. 

With other religions there has been so much good done (it is possible to get down on extreme Muslims but Christians have a very un-christian past), and I can see how God uses that to help people as well. 

In conclusion, it is easy to get all defensive on evolution and creation as if we were there.  To be honest, we don’t have a whole book written on the subject… just a chapter.  I believe God created the world, I believe it was 6/7 literal days, but I wasn’t there to see exactly how he did it.  We create a picture in our minds of how we think it should have happened… but we weren’t there.  It wasn’t like a kid making a play doh sculpture, it was an all powerful God creating a masterpiece that we still know very little about.  If He formed a 25 (ish) year old person He could have made a 5000 year old sequoia that it would take a week to walk around, and he could have created billion year old rocks.  If He has no beginning and no end, could He have created a world with the same characteristics — one that heals and changes all on its own.   

We don’t know the half (really much less) of it.   

In learning about volcanoes Lily wanted to make one.  They modeled it with this kit, painted it, and here we are ‘setting it off’.