Ummachi kanna kutthidum! (God will poke my eyes)

I have always seen parents teach very young kids two lines about God (and also make them say it to show off in social gatherings!). The two lines they are first taught is “ummachi kapaathu!” (God save me!) And “Ummachi kanna kutthidum ” ( God will poke our eye). Basically,  a toddler is being induced with fear of God with the two sentences that God has to save her/ him and if they make mistake their eyes will be poked or some punishment is going to be meted out. It might seem to be a very simple thing for people and you could question why waste a whole post on such a trivial thing. But think about it..just by those two sentences you are drilling a complex issue of a higher being without even giving a chance for the child to think. It’s like an experimental monkey who jumps every time it sees a banana. Every time the child sees a picture or figurine of God he/she joins their palms without knowing why and if they make a mistake they are made to assume that their eyes are going to be poked. Don’t you think the child will lose the trust or fear when they come to know that really doesn’t happen?
For believers who really want their children to grow up as a believer and who want to make an impact.. maybe children should be introduced about the whole system when they start understanding things instead of making them experimental monkeys (or robots!).

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