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Excerpt from What Did Jesus Really Teach About Prayer?
Somewhere in these pages I have said that when the average Christian mother takes up the task of teaching her children the elements of religion, she does not undertake to find out what Jesus taught: she only recalls what she was taught in her own childhood and teaches that. That was what her mother did before her, and her mother's mother, and so on all the way back to her heathen forebears. As a consequence the religious faith which most of us acquire in our childhood, instead of being the Christian faith, is a patchwork in which the teachings of Jesus are often lost in a maze of misinterpretations of His teachings, and pagan ideas which we inherited from our far-away ancestors. In the simple days of our fathers these early misteachings did little harm, for the reason that the average man went through life without coming into a light that would put them to the test. But to-day it is different. To-day our boys and girls are hardly out of sight of home before the fierce light of modern intelligence begins to beat down pitilessly upon all the precious faiths and fables of their childhood, and they soon discover that their religious faith will not bear inspection.
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