Erica Komisar recently wrote an opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal that made me really sad. It was titled “Don’t Believe in God? Lie to Your Children.”
The author is a psychoanalyst. That is her perspective and milieu. She starts:
As a therapist, I’m often asked to explain why depression and anxiety are so common among children and adolescents. One of the most important explanations– and perhaps the most neglected– is declining interest in religion. This cultural shift already has proved disastrous for millions of vulnerable young people.
She cites a Harvard study that reported teens who attended “a religious service at least once per week scored higher on psychological well-being measurements and had lower risks of mental illness.”
And then this:
I am often asked by parents, “How do I talk to my child about death if I don’t believe in God or Heaven?” My answer is always the same.’ Lie.’ The idea that you simply die and turn to dust may work for some adults, but it doesn’t help children. Belief in heaven helps them grapple with this tremendous and incomprehensible loss. In an age of broken families, distracted parents, school violence and nightmarish global-warming predictions, imagination plays a big part in children’s ability to cope.
God help us. It is also critical for adults to finally understand it is absolutely true that God is, and God is in control, and God loves us! I want to tell the author that it is never good to lie to our children. How much better to doggedly search for the truth of who we are, and what is the meaning of life. And it is revealed in the good news of the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus, the God-man. Our Savior.
The birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus is one of the best documented facts of antiquity. Check it out.