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My six year old is giving a talk on how to know the scriptures are true, but doesn’t believe them himself

January 22, 2011

My six year old is giving a talk in Primary tomorrow on how to know the scriptures are true. He prepared it with my wife this afternoon while I ran to the store. Here’s what he came up with.

There are two ways to know the scriptures are true. The first is through science, such as archaeology, geology, paleontology, history, etc. The second is through faith, which relies on faith, feelings, the Holy Ghost, and personal experiences. But the most important way to know is to READ.

I wholeheartedly agree. After all, those who know the most about religion tend to be agnostics or atheists. The president of the American Atheists, Dave Silverman, said, “Atheism is an effect of that knowledge, not a lack of knowledge. I gave a Bible to my daughter. That’s how you make atheists.”

In September, approximately 55 retired businessmen descended upon Iowa State University campus to distribute copies of the New Testament. They are members of The Gideons International, an aggressive and predatory Christian male missionary society that recently caught heat for openly targeting fifth-grade students in Kentucky. The group is distastefully named after the unwholesome character Gideon, whose story is found in Judges, chapters 6-8. His bloodthirsty slaughters are just one of many horror stories in the bible, a book that glories behavior all reasonable people should abhor.

I wrote an opinion letter that ran in the Iowa State Daily encouraging the 5,500 students who received “God’s precious word” to read it — if they hadn’t ditched it yet — with the same critical approach they’d read any other literature. Just remember, I cautioned my readers, that literal belief in the book may endanger your health and life. The unedited version of the bible calls for infidels, unbelievers, homosexuals, stubborn children, and non-virgin brides to be put to death, among many other dangerous and insulting teachings.

But what about giving a talk on something that you don’t believe? Isn’t that… hypocritical? Usually, yes. But I guess my son isn’t planning to say anything that he doesn’t believe during his talk. Kind of like the last church talk I gave about gratitude. Sure, it’s good to feel gratitude, whether you believe in God or not.

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