Doesn’t it ultimately come down to an inability to produce the genuine article? Now honestly, would you encourage your 15 year old child to believe in Santa the way you did when they were 5? Of course not, but WHY NOT?
Isn’t it because you KNOW that for an adult, FANTASY THINKING is insane. You know that if you sent your 15 year old child to school convinced that Santa was real, they’d be a target of derision and ridicule. You KNOW that if five years later, they went to a job interview and said the Easter Bunny was coming to their house this weekend, they’d feel the door hitting them in the rear end.
The human mind has an almost instinctual need to separate fact from fantasy. It WANTS to know what is real and what is fake. Even as you manage to believe in god, you yourselves want to know that Santa and the Easter Bunny aren’t real because these truths reassure you that there is a clear division between reality and fantasy thinking.
You would never try to stifle this change in a child’s mind because you know it’s HEALTHY and it helps create a mature, productive, functioning adult, so WHY do you try to force people to fight their own nature – which tells them to believe in things through empiricism – and promote the idea of a fantasy figure called god?
This is exactly why a lot of Christians don’t teach their children about Santa Clause or the Easter Bunny.
So you believe that maturing means giving up your belief in God. You put God in the same category as Santa Clause and the Easter Bunny. When parents tell their kids that there is a Santa Clause or Easter Bunny (I never did) it is not because the parents believe in them. They are fantasy characters meant to give some fun and ":magic": to the holidays–although I’ve never understood the idea of someone sneaking into your house while you’re sleeping even if they leave candy or presents as something other than creepy. And it’s understood that one day the child will learn that these are just fairy tale characters.
Parents who teach their children about God are passing along our sincere beliefs to our kids. To assume that something is false simply because one cannot produce the genuine article is naive. Reality is more than what we can pick up with our senses. We teach our children about love. Can you see ":love":? Not the signs or effects of love. Show me love itself. You can’t. Yet love exists.
It’s not unhealthy or immature to realize that there is something or someone who is bigger, stronger, more powerful than us (humans). And it’s not against our nature to realize that there are things beyond our comprehension. In fact, it is this part of us that inspires us to try to learn more.
The fact that we can’t see God or produce Him for proof doesn’t change the fact that He exists. We see the world that He created. We see and feel His presence in our lives. We see what He does for us personally. We know that God exists in the same way that we know that love exists.
I see some people here say their parents never allowed them to believe in Santa but personally I think that’s bad parenting since they probably also indoctranating their kids into their Religion, Because Santa and the Easter Bunny just being a bit of fun into a kids life and learning they not real in their own time helps a kid see that Religion is made up of they choose to believe that.
At the same time I practiced the fun rituals having to do with Santa Claus, I also learned about what it was to be this guy who gave something to everybody. As I grew up, one of my favorite shows was the Rankin-Bass production, ":Santa Claus is Coming to Town.": My other favorite was ":Scrooge,": the perennial retelling of Charles Dickens’ ":A Christmas Carol.": From both of these I learned that Christmas was about compassion, love, charity, and happy festivity. They all go hand-in-hand.
So I learned about Santa Claus, Sinterklaas, Father Christmas, and the Three Wise Men who bore gifts to the Christ Child, and learned why all these gifts were given. They were given out of love.
It was a changeover that my parents started very young, and, yes, they, in their explanations to me about Santa Claus, brought up the historic persons off whom Santa Claus was modeled–very loving and giving people. But I still believed.
At one time, though, I was over at my grandparents’ house with my family, and I was looking in the closet in which they usually kept the games that we kids would play when we’d come over to visit. I looked and saw that the first game wasn’t familiar, and then the next, then the next–I didn’t recognize any of them (Uh-oh). So I brought Dad secretly over to the closet, showed him the evidence, and asked, ":Are you and Mom Santa Claus?":
Dad answered, ":What do you think?":
That he didn’t give me a straight answer baffled me more, but I worked it out that the one who brought presents in the night for me and my sisters to open on X-mas were Mom and Dad. When it was obvious all my sisters knew, we didn’t pretend it anymore, but we did still decorate and celebrate the trimmings and all. For that I am grateful, because compassion, charity, happiness, and love are completely linked with each other, and it really would be a tragedy to let all the celebration of that disappear just because of a single legend.
And another bit of proof was my suspicion that when I opened the electronics games, Mom knew exactly how to play them. (":Oh, Honey, Santa Claus showed me last night how to work this so I could show you!":) And also, it seemed Santa spent a whole lot of time at my house on Christmas Eve night, what with all the toys and teaching Mom how to work the games and all. o.O
Have you heard of Piaget levels of development?
At about age 7 or 8, kids begin to know the difference between reality and fantasy. This can happen at older or younger ages.
The fact that so many mature adults, in every culture in the world believe in God should therefore be evidence that God is real.
I find it interesting that you feel someone is trying to force to believe in God. Sounds to me like He’s getting to you.
Regarding the above answer, Easter is the day that Jesus rose from the dead. He had died 3 days earlier.
some people might think its insane but when you come to think of it you might say where did the people get the idea of santa clause and other stuff. i mean there has to be a reason to it.
i dont belive in that kind of stuff but when think you want to know the . where, who, when, why , what, how.
1. Kids eventually find out that presents left by Santa and EB are really supplied by parents.
2. ‘God’ does NOT leave presents and ‘rules’ all people with FEAR: if they even consider NOT believing in ‘him’ ‘he’ will drop big lotsa crap into their lives even though this is patently untrue.
But I was going to get an Icon of Santa! (Seriously, I’m a B-I-G fan of St. Nickolas, who, was by te way a real person).
Religion exists because people are terrified of dying, and because there are snake oil salesmen who are willing to take advantage of that. When you’re raised from infancy to believe that losing faith, or failing to brainwash your children the way you were brainwashed, will result in eternal punishment, you make sure you brainwash them.
I think it’s far easier for people to discard those particular fictional characters because they don’t offer any explanation for the origin of our species, nor do they claim to provide a path to a life after death.
Santa- There WAS a name named Santa WHO did go in people houses and give them toys but HE DIED. Try google? This was like decades ago though.
Easter Bunny – It’s just a fairy tale for kids, because Easter is the day JESUS DIED. since adults don’t like telling kids about someone dying because of their age so they make a bunny and kids feel happy