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God won't like you

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GooseyLoosey Mon 26-Feb-07 13:56:39

I started a thread in chat (hope I've attached the link) about a 7 year old who said to 3 year old ds that "God won't like you if you don't share".

I am curious to know if people do use religion as a means to discipline their children as this child had obviously picked it up at home.

Any views?

boredwithwaitingforminiMOSSY Mon 26-Feb-07 13:59:22

My parents did. I was told from a very young age that I would go to hell if I was naughty, and was often threatened with being sent to the elders. But my parents were/are in more of a "cult" than a religion so not sure if that counts!

ja9 Mon 26-Feb-07 14:00:40

Have been known to say to ds when he is naughty , that doing 'x' makes God sad as well as mummy and daddy.

GooseyLoosey Mon 26-Feb-07 14:02:04

Do you think it did you any harm?

hunkerdave Mon 26-Feb-07 14:03:08

boredwithwaitingforminiMOSSY Mon 26-Feb-07 14:03:53

My parents did a lot worse than that GL but personally I think I'm quite sanguine about it. I'm not really in touch with them any more though, I think if I was it would be different.

SueBaroo Mon 26-Feb-07 17:04:47

We talk about doing things God's way, rather than our own way. Telling someone God won't like them for whatever reason wouldn't come under 'God's way', for sure

nearlythree Mon 26-Feb-07 21:05:54

Totally mad. Our dcs are being brought up to believe that God is the source of love. We don't believe in a person in the sky who likes or hates - just love.

It really pisses me off when people claim to know what God thinks.

GooseyLoosey Tue 27-Feb-07 08:29:16

Thanks - its interesting to know what people with a different perspective think.

Tortington Tue 27-Feb-07 08:32:48

om my god - ofcourse!

im catholic. - when the children were little i ws uber catholic. church, confession, holy days. my three were all altar servers. my daughter was queen of the may. you get the picture. anyway - the thing i like about god is - even when I'm not there - he is,

god sees all. its major discipline shit for kids that. especially with catholic guilt added to mix.

why wouldnt i exploit that - its fabulous.

GooseyLoosey Tue 27-Feb-07 10:17:23

Intersting custardo - don't you worry that this just adds to the guilt thing (although I can see the attraction of someone keeping a permanent eye on them)?

Tortington Tue 27-Feb-07 10:22:31

oh yes! intended to.

nearlythree Tue 27-Feb-07 13:28:36

I have a weird memory of thinking that my beloved grandad was watching me from heaven and would be sad if I was naughty. I am sure that came from my mum or my nan in some way.

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