In years gone by adults used fear to get children to pray or attend church and yet they spoke of a loving and merciful God. What then do we expect our children to believe? How can God punish us and still be loving.
The youth of today however do not believe in such superstitious religion and why should they, when we have also encouraged them to think for themselves and enquire into the meaning of science, technology, philosophy and poetry. Why not enquire about God? We should not be afraid of opening up our minds to questions like Who is God? What is religion? Why am I here? and Who am I? for the fear of stumbling upon the truth.
Who am I? this is a question that some religions do not encourage for the fear of opening up a can of worms. What if a child learns that he is gay, or if he wants to become an artist instead of a Doctor, or wants to explore another religion. These are the type of fears parents have and sometimes instead of allowing our children to explore who they are we burden them with unfair expectations.
Fear in most cases are unwarranted, we worry about some future event that in any case may never occur. If you have faith in your parenting skills and in the way you bring your children up then there is no need to fear. Your children should therefore be encouraged to explore who or she is. We as parents cannot teach our children, the child teaches himself. Our duty is to afford opportunities and remove obstacles for his growth.
Fear of some future event can cause unnecessary stress and may become your death in a form of some disease. Being held captive by fear can be hell, playing games with your mind, this is unrighteousness, this is not the way God intended us to live our lives. Living in fear is like being in prison, it is more important to have a free mind than it is to have a free body. What good is it to live in this world, if we are always afraid to enjoy the benefits of this freedom.
“All the negative thoughts and ideas that are in this world have proceeded from this evil spirit of fear. Therefore I say Be Fearless, be fearless” Swami Vivekananda