Tuesday, March 18, 2008

I will be the one to get struck by lightning

Awesome it transferred…I love this handwriting style. It's actually what my real handwriting is like. (If it's not really legible to you let me know…)


So my children are not baptized yet and I get a lot of shit about it from (who else???) MY MOTHER. She grew up in a family that the child had to be baptized within the first year of life. No if, ands or buts about it. My son is three and a half. My daughter in ten months old (today!) and I still have not gone to church to have them baptized. I'm evil. I'm going to burn in hell.

I have actually already gone to the church and spoken to the priest about getting them baptized and it looks like it will be done in May even though I am the evil incarnate and never attend church services.

But here's what gets me…I am not the religious type by far. I don't go to church. God and I have…an understanding let's say. I have had my time in church and things happened and I decided to stop going. I never stopped believing in God. I did yell and scream and blame God when the miscarriages happened, I doubted, don't we all? Don't we all have our issues with this higher power…?

The other day my mother sends me an e-mail about the baptisms, (I would copy and paste it but it's in Spanish) and at the end she said something along the lines of my son always being sick because he hasn't been baptized.

Here's where my issues come up- my son has no say over getting baptized, so why is he being punished with his allergies and his asthma and all his other crap if I'm the one who hasn't baptized him? Is he being punished for my lack of attendance in religious services?

She thinks that the higher powers do this to people who 'disobey', that they get punished.

Chalk this up to my incompetence as a mother.

Anybody got any points of view? I don't want an argument about religion here…I'm not trying to push buttons, but I'm curious to see what people think about this particular sitch.


Meanwhile there is no change on things with my aunt. Things are really not looking well. And I have no money to go out there for the funeral…




creative-type dad said...

I'm no expert but I highly doubt God would "punish" those who didn't get baptized or disobeyed.

Otherwise, I think over 99% of the population would be dead.

I have a Mexican grandmother - the woman prayed the rosary 12 times a day, was always at church Bingo, and wanted all her sons to be priests.

She passed away from tumor of the brain 8 years ago. I'm pretty sure God wasn't punishing her for anything. It was all microbes, genes, and viruses.

sourpatchbaby said...

Baptizing a child is only for everyone else. The child would rather be eating or doing anything but be dipped in cold water. He doesn't know what's going on or why it's happening. Besides, isn't a baptizim (sp)mostly about the party afterwards where everyone gets together and eats? (didn't grow up in a baptizey type of family and will use any excuse to eat :)My kids haven't been baptized and they've been pretty healthy.

Rebecca said...

My kids are 24 and 25. And guess what? Neither of them are baptized. I think its superstitious bull. I mean, why would God really care if a baby is sprinkled with cold water or not? Still, if it makes people feel better by doing it, I don't see the harm in it either. Whatever floats your boat. I'm sorry to hear about your aunt. I hope you get some good news there.....