I was born in a Hindu family but have decided to become Catholic when I turn 18 this year in December. I started reading the bible (app. No money to buy a book yet) and have tried my best to live as it commands.
Anyways, being Hindus, over here they have this big festival where they make statues of a Hindu god Ganesha and for ten days straight they dance on the street for no apparent reason.
All that aside, my mom wanted to bring one idol home when it starts in august. She asked me if I agreed and what followed was not very good.
Me: Um . . . yeah but I don’t think I’m going to do all that now.
Me: Nothing. ( I hesitate but after many questions I give in. I open the app and show her the verse which talks about idolatry.)
Mom: (Reading aloud) Thou shalt not bow down thyself unto them (idols) nor serve them (I try to take it away before she could read the rest, but fail) for I the LORD thy God am a jealous god, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me.
Mom: You want to follow this god? One who punishes children for what their parents did?
Me: (meekly) It’s a figure of speech.
Mom: (Screaming) But you should know that it’s wrong! Will you follow a book or will you do what’s right? All gods are the same! They just show themselves to people in different areas differently!
Me: (retaliate) Whoa! Excuse me but that is -
Mom: Why don’t you believe in Hindu gods?
Me: (without thinking) because you believe in a god who got his head cut off and replaced by an elephants head ( I admit I shouldn’t have said it) and in monkeys that can fly, and there is even a legend explaining that we are white and have grey eyes because we came out of ash when in reality we came from the middle east not 500 years ago! (I didn’t really say that:o but its true)
Mom: (Silent for a minute) Everyone in the world looks at Ganesha (elephant god) as a symbol of love and wisdom while you say this! We light candles for Lakshmi (goddess of wealth) to bring wealth into our homes. You believe a person could live for hours after being nailed to a cross?
Me: Yeah they really used to do that
Mom: No one can survive with a nail through their head (I swear she actually said that)
Me: It was the hands and feet (Long argument after that with both of us claiming the truth. She gave up and was convinced later)
Mom: But why do you hate everything in India? You have a severe anti- India sentiment! ( I kind of do because of the holier than thou ( westerners) attitude in EVERY single person. But that’s not important)
Me: All I’m saying is that I’m not going to do the ceremony. I didn’t say anything bad about your beliefs so I expect everyone to do the same for me.
The argument dragged on for an hour after that. I got tired and went to bed. She stood beside me, and saw me with joined hands. I told her that I was praying as I do everyday, and reluctantly agreed to pray to Hindu gods also.
So you see, this is the problem I have. I talked to my little brother about Christianity and he liked it. I want to tell my mother too, but don’t have the patience for another argument. She believes Jesus existed, but has a problem with sole worship as these guys have a theory that all gods are same. Is there any way I can evangelize her and other people in the family without openly speaking? I don’t believe in idol worship at all, and I need to figure out something before the end of august or I’ll be forced to hold that idol.
Please suggest a way I can tell them about christianity