Welcome to this World – A letter to a newborn baby

Welcome to this World

These words are literally taken from the video above, from our friend TheThinkingAtheist on YouTube. The words here just shocked me and kept me thinking for hours… Enjoy the reading/watching

Hello my child,
Welcome to this world
Before you grow up, there are few things I need to tell you
You were born corrupt, you were born a sinner, and the wages of sin is death

(Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me. Psalm 51:5)
(Therefore, just as a sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned. Romans 5:12)

Someday when you are old enough to understand, you must ask forgiveness, not for anything you’ve done, but for what others did thousands of years ago at the beginning of the world. Also you must tell God how sorry you are for murdering his son Jesus. I know, it happened generations before you drew your first breath, and is was ultimately part of God’s divine plan but the responsibility is yours. You are guilty and you must ask to be forgiven.

A portion of everything you produce in your lifetime must be given to God, who will never accept your offerings personally, you will listen for him but his voice will never be heard audibly, you will thank him for his direction and guidance but his mysterious ways will confuse you. In fact, although you are more important to God than anything else in the universe, he will never show you his face, or reveal himself in any provable way.

I know this seems strange. To truly know God, you must study a book. An ancient book written thousands of years ago in a language you do not understand. You must fulfil a great commission to make others see the world as you do, to have them believe as you do, to live as you do, and then to go out and convince even more to do the same.

Go into the world and preach the good news to all creation. Mark 16:15

As a reward for this, you will be given the privilege of praising God without end for all eternity, in a hidden happy place that can only bee seen by the dead.

You must pledge your entire life on this earth to your invisible father and his great commission, or he will send you to a dark pit, where the flesh is roasted from your bones and you rive an imaginable agony for ever and ever and ever.

But you must not do this because you fear horrible torture and pain, you must do it because you love God. No matter what happens throughout your lifetime, the more your world seems to defy everything I’ve taught you here, just continue to say the words out loud: God is real, God is good. And one day you will look into the eyes of your own child and you will teach him these very same things, so that he can someday teach his own children, and their children, and their children, for generations.

You will hold him in your arms and you’ll look down at him and say:

Welcome to this world

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About Mike

Hello, I am an atheist because of reason and personal experience. I am a father of THREE lovely living kids and two dead embryos, married to a lovely Christian Catholic devoted woman. Yes, black and white can coexist as long as there is respect and love, which is something abstracted from any belief or religion. I do not claim absolute truth and not 100% sure that a God does not exist somewhere out there. The scientific method is what I use to connect to reality. If there is something I don't understand, then it is because i don't understand, not because god exists. In case you haven't noticed, I am a native Arab, and English is my third language (yes there is second language). I like reading the Bible and the Quran and the critics of both of them. I also love watching documentaries especially astronomy, cosmology, Quantum Physics, and new discoveries in science in general, and Physics in particular.
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5 Responses to Welcome to this World – A letter to a newborn baby

  1. qoheleth1958 says:

    Ouch. Yes, it does look like that, from the outside. Because all you can see is what Christians seem to be doing. And too many of us are doing the wrong thing, especially with the best of intentions. I’m afraid I’m one of those unspeakable Christians who believes in original sin. But I also know God and know His love. And I have, once, heard Him speak audibly. Just for the record.

    • Mike says:

      Can you please elaborate on your belief in the “original sin”? I have encountered lots of Christians and none had the same idea about it. It makes me feel that it depends on your free imagination rather than something precise that is written in the what is supposed to be a “holy book”

      Thank you

      • qoheleth1958 says:

        The Christian doctrine of original sin is something that is implicit in the Bible rather than expressly stated. St. Augustine is probably the first person who formulated it as a doctrine. Basically, the idea is that because Adam and Eve (or, if you prefer, the first humans) fell into sin, all human descendants have inherited a sinful nature. However, there are other interpretations or doctrines within the Christian community, including the Irenaean view (of Irenaus) that human beings are spiritually broken or damaged and need to be healed or made whole, rather than being utterly depraved and in need of being recreated as new beings. I do think that if one spent enough time talking with each Christian in the world, you would probably find that there as many doctrinal differences as there are Christians! You may enjoy something I read recently, I think in one of Jan Karon’s Mitford books: Why do church members argue so violently over doctrine? – Because the stakes are so small! Seriously, doctrinal differences within the Christian church should be unimportant when compared to our common faith in Jesus the Christ. Unfortunately, too many of us are more interested in proving ourselves right than in loving one another.

      • john zande says:

        @qoheleth1958

        Unless you discard the entire bible then the interpretations of Augustine or Irenaus are meaningless. You can’t just pick and choose the parts you like (therefore inerrant) and smooth over the award bits (therefore analogous). It either is or it isn’t.

  2. violetwisp says:

    It would be really good to see this done for children born in different places around the world, because it’s great, but I can see that for Christians it could just sound like an alternative point of view for Christianity. But driving home the randomness of religion for a child based on place of birth could give it serious extra punch I think.

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