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549 hits Rate me! Share Favorite | Flag 19 years ago by Boredofu

Does lying to children about Santa Claus cause them to consider that stories about Jesus might be false as well?

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19 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Saturday 8/9/03 - 5:24:05 AM EST (GMT-5)
No more than it would cause them to question anything else you tell them.
19 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Saturday 8/9/03 - 7:22:53 AM EST (GMT-5)
What about Santa Claus? Are you suggesting he's not real? Because I assure you he is
19 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Saturday 8/9/03 - 7:37:35 AM EST (GMT-5)
I certainly see a connection. While finding out for myself at around age 12 that Christianity is based on fiction and hearsay, I couldn't help comparing it to believe in Sinterklaas (The Dutch Santa Claus). While growing up people keep telling you about him and the idea of his existence is planted into your head.
19 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Saturday 8/9/03 - 7:39:10 AM EST (GMT-5)
I think stupid people,at any age,will use one thing to totally write off another
19 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Saturday 8/9/03 - 7:44:42 AM EST (GMT-5)
What do you mean, Trips ?
19 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Saturday 8/9/03 - 7:47:11 AM EST (GMT-5)
I mean people will use something like Santa Clause to discredit all of Christianity. Either stupidity or laziness,people don't want to see past the broadstroke,so if they find out one thing is a lie,they discredit anything that comes even close to being similiar. and even without Christianity,I think people also use things like the fairy tales our parents told them not to trust them in general,and write em off as liars,it's pretty moronic.
19 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Saturday 8/9/03 - 7:47:48 AM EST (GMT-5)
I agree with you that writing off Christianity because of the fact that Santa Claus was a lie is pretty stupid, yes.
19 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Saturday 8/9/03 - 7:48:38 AM EST (GMT-5)
I wonder who really thinks that way though. Then again, there are really ignorant Christians, then there must be really ignorant atheists as well.
19 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Saturday 8/9/03 - 7:49:39 AM EST (GMT-5)
I can think of a few,but the one person on this site that this question reminded of was Jayy18,who makes the comparison frequently.
19 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Saturday 8/9/03 - 7:50:29 AM EST (GMT-5)
Yeah, Jayy18 has moronic views..he could be one of those people indeed.
19 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Saturday 8/9/03 - 7:57:50 AM EST (GMT-5)
I was thinking more in discovering the faiability of your parents. Maybe that's why we do it, to teach our kids not to trust what they hear.
19 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Saturday 8/9/03 - 8:00:15 AM EST (GMT-5)
That's sort of what I was thinking of too bored,Santa is sort of the first time you find out your parents aren't telling the absolute truth. but the teaching could back fire if the kids just stop respecting anything you tell them cause they think you're still lying.
19 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Saturday 8/9/03 - 8:01:05 AM EST (GMT-5)
I think parents do it because they can't fight the commercialism that has a grip on society.
19 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Saturday 8/9/03 - 8:01:39 AM EST (GMT-5)
Or maybe they just want their kids to be happy???
19 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Saturday 8/9/03 - 8:07:08 AM EST (GMT-5)
I think those two are related.
19 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Saturday 8/9/03 - 8:18:41 AM EST (GMT-5)
Little kids have implicite trust. It's important to make them aware that they need to think for themselves but it's a weird one. I never really went through that, my older brothers were more into keeping the Santa thing going and at some point I began to notice the little looks they gave each other the way they did when they were conning me about stuff.
19 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Saturday 8/9/03 - 11:29:44 AM EST (GMT-5)
That was what my mum always thought- at our church's sunday school, she discontinued the tradition of having santa at the christmas party for that reason- i hate it! Santa was the thing that made it special for all the children!
19 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Saturday 8/9/03 - 11:44:49 AM EST (GMT-5)
I'm all for Santa Claus! I think he's a part of childhood, and it's dumb that some parents refuse to let their kids believe in him because they see it as "lying" to them. Which it is, but the kids get over it. Sure it sucks when you find out he's not real, but then you understand why your parents did it. I still trusted my parents, bc I understood the tradition behind it. When you're a kid, the tooth fairy, Santa Claus, etc, all that is magical, or at least that's how I felt about it. Why take the innocence away from childhood? Anyway, about the question: I think it's possible, and I'm sure a lot of kids make that connection and think Jesus is fabricated, too. But then I think they'd realize that Jesus is totally different from Santa Claus, and isn't "made up" for fun; he's religion, serious business. Any kid who doesn't understand that is prolly a little on the slooow side..I dunno really, Santa never caused to me to question Christianity, but I think it's an in
19 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Saturday 8/9/03 - 11:45:42 AM EST (GMT-5)
*interesting question.
19 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Saturday 8/9/03 - 2:07:50 PM EST (GMT-5)
I know very few people for whom the truth about Santa Claus has caused permanent scars. People will get lied to and have their images of their parents crushed; to renounce God based on that is to suppose your parents should have been gods, the very antithesis of Christianity in the first place.
19 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Saturday 8/9/03 - 2:20:00 PM EST (GMT-5)
I agree with Trips and tx gurl, its a traditional fairy tale that we tell the kids. Its a part of the magic of Christmas time. But I dont think them finding out that Santa isnt real isnt going to hinder their thoughts on God. First off, the two arent really related... well... they are, but not in the traditional sense of Christmas anyway. Besides, kids continue to get God reinforced by parents and pastors. Also, I think kids would understand once they were told the truth about Santa, that its a part of the holiday spirit. I for one never believed in him, but my brother did and once he was told the truth, he seemed more delighted that he was old enough to be allowed to know the truth. Different strokes for different folks, I guess.
19 yrs ago - Tuesday 9/9/03 - 4:19:23 PM EST (GMT-5)
humm, it might bring up questions, but thats normal... i saw this shirt that read "god is santa claus for adults" tee hee hee
19 yrs ago - Tuesday 9/23/03 - 12:19:21 PM EST (GMT-5)
I doubt it.
18 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Sunday 11/9/03 - 4:54:39 AM EST (GMT-5)
I really don't think many kids make the connection...
18 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Sunday 11/9/03 - 4:58:46 AM EST (GMT-5)
Theres no Santa?!!!!

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