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Is The Tooth Fairy Biblical

Should Christian children experience the tooth fairy?

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While this may be all well and fun for kids, but it can cause subtle problems later if it isn't clear from the get-go that it's make-believe.

Parents expect their kids to eventually outgrow belief in the invisible Tooth Fairy, Easter Bunny, and Santa Claus. But they then can't understand why their kids are so skeptical when they tell them about their invisible Jesus as well. They should remember Aesop's fable about the Boy who Cried Wolf.
---StrongAxe on 9/23/08

Because healthy teeth are essential to a healthy body (and aesthically pleasing teeth are a sign of social status), parents should insist on proper dental hygene from the moment their children get teeth. When they are old enough to ask about it, then you can tell them that other families use the fib of the tooth fairy to get their kids to brush.
---Nancy on 7/14/08

I never read about the tooth fairy in the Bible.
But aside from that it's a lie and who is the father of LIES satan of course.Just like
1 easter bunny
2 santa claus
3 etc.
Children should not be subject to this because they are All Lies.There are Christain Books parents could buy if you have a problem explaining these things to them ,only because other children do it.
Sad but true many people do not raise their children to believe in God,but ask them about santa easter bunny and tooth fairy and they know. Gabby8758
---Gabby on 7/8/08

Hi, I just have to say, looking at the crumbling world around us, I wish the "tooth fairy" was the biggest problem parents face! :/ I'm not a mother and I thank God now--the stress would wreck me, and especially seeing what kids have to deal with.
---Mary on 5/31/08

Okay, were the moon astronauts fakes?
---frances008 on 4/19/08

Easter bunny,santa,tooth fairy all imaginary creatures. You can't see them or hear them. If you raise your child with these "images", they will find out one day they are not real. We teach our children about God,Jesus,Holy Spirit, can't see them or hear them (audibly). Will they grow up to think they aren't real either?This changed our minds about the "innocence" of teaching that stuff to our children.
---melann on 4/19/08

well lets straighten this out,thers no santa,easter bunny,tooth fairy,blah,blah,blah,blah,blah,blah, blah,boy these question are getting so hard to answer.
---tom2 on 3/29/08

1) "Christ spoke in Parables cause ALL were not meant to understand "Really! so why did he speak like this to confuse mankind? per

Jesus said, Matthew 11:15
"He who has ears to hear, let him hear!"

He said this 8 times throughout the Gospels. He knew not everyone would understand, because you have to have "spiritual" ears to hear and understand and not everyone has that.
---Holly4jc on 3/24/08

2)1 Corinthians 2:14
But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

The understanding of the Bible that can only be attained through having the Holy Spirit within you to teach you. That is why we need to be born-again of the Spirit of God, for the Bible was written through man, but was Holy Spirit breathed. Who else better to translate than the Holy Spirit of God?
---Holly4jc on 3/24/08

Rhonda::To answer your question.At the point when they reach the age of reason Children do grow into adults Or Havent you noticed.
"Christ spoke in Parables cause ALL were not meant to understand "Really! so why did he speak like this to confuse mankind?Surely you can come up with a better amswer HE is a God of love and truthcaring and full of compassionwe are His children.
---Emcee on 3/24/08

Rhonda::To answer your question.At the point when they reach the age of reason Children do grow into adults Or Havent you noticed.
"Christ spoke in Parables cause ALL were not meant to understand "Really! so why did he speak like this to confuse mankind?Surely you can come up with a better amswer HE is a God of love and truthcaring and full of compassionwe are His children.
---Emcee on 3/24/08

Antonio...You are so right. When we lived in another state a couple of years ago, we noticed that there was a "fad" to have what they called "garden globes" in peoples' yards. They had no idea that those "garden globes" were "crystal balls". I noticed that one was gone out of a friend's garden after I told her what it was.
---Susie on 3/24/08

As innocent as it may seem, fairies and garden nomes and such creatures is a simple and subtle way of bringing these unatural demons of a lower level into our homes and hearts were we endear and embrace them so much as to even introducing the to our children.
In fact the real history of these creatures is more sinister than benevolent.
---Antonio on 3/23/08


...analogy of Christs parables is beyond absurd. Christ spoke in parables because not all were meant to understand - the story was still truth

telling a child the tooth fairy is real when they are small children is the same as telling them santa, easter bunny are real -it's a lie is not fun or a game it's a lie

Emcee can you tell me where either of these characters becomes "real" at some other point in these childrens lives making the "tale" truth?
---Rhonda on 3/23/08

I understand telling a child that these characters are fake and if one does they are lying to their child. Sue was saying that children have imaginations she didn't say anything about lying to a child, but you replied back to her telling her imagination is wrong when the parents lie to their kids. I agree, but if a child has a vivid imagination, let them.
---Rebecca_D on 3/22/08

Lying is a behavior that is acquired, cultivated and kept by those who profit from it.
A child does not normally become a liar or suffer with a compulsive lying problem unless this behavior is taught or caught.

If there is a payoff for lying, it becomes a way of life. If there are actual financial benefits acquired for lying, it is seldom a behavior that one will turn loose of.
---Cindy on 3/22/08

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It is only a device of the enemy, that you will be rewarded for lying, financially.

Spiritually, you will become bankrupt and may end up with a reprobate mind.

Eternally, you will find yourself without a heavenly home.
---Cindy on 3/22/08

Books of fiction are filled with imaginary tales.

Books of non-fiction can be filled with imaginary tales. Some people are called on the carpet for writing fabricated details or biographies. It's probably not as rare of an occurence as we may think.

Lying has a payoff, financially.
Spiritually, it will leave you bankrupt.
---Cindy on 3/22/08

Rhonda Frances Betty ALL::Jesus told mostly all His teachings in Parables which are in a way stories WAS HE THE LORD TELLING LIES?And when he told the truth"this is my Body,This is my Blood "did they believe Him then?and now is it any different today.Would those parents who dont believe this truth be telling Lies to their children?by teaching them their belief?You all quibble about the tooth Fairy There is also A TRUTH FAIRY.a supreme spirit called God who is wise compassionate and knowing.
---Emcee on 3/22/08

Children who love being lied to grow up to be adults who love being lied to. It makes for a happy, safe, prosperous (in many cases) life. The lies of one set of people cause tragedy to another set of people. Television is the main liar, to dumb us down and feed us anti-Christ philosophies straight from Satan. To cause grand illusions with the government the centre stage in the magic show. All the people duped like the dumb sheep that they have 'evolved' into, heads stuck in their computer games.
---frances008 on 3/21/08

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***Rhonda: Did your children have an imagination or was that a big no no***

Rebecca - missing where i wrote children have creative imaginations already ...didn't need to LIE to my children to "ignite" their imaginations ...they didn't need any help with imagination - doing very well on their own

children don't need lies of parents to use their imaginations!!! ...cartoons are make-believe but the tooth fairy, santa, easter bunny are real ...until they're old enough to catch on?
---Rhonda on 3/21/08

One thing I have learned in life's experiences is that quite often our words come back to bite us. What you teach your children today and what you let them watch on television will come back to bite you years from now. One day, Rebecca, you will remember many of the conversations on these blogs.
---Susie on 3/21/08

Rhonda: Did your children have an imagination or was that a big no no? There is nothing wrong for a child to have an imagination, as long as they can distinguish between reality and fiction. If I put my son in time out, his imagination will let him use his hands and he can create anything by using his hands and having a creative imagination.
---Rebecca_D on 3/21/08

***It is called having an imagination! Kids pretend stuff all the time! It's fun and sometimes they even learn things from pretending!**

A lie is still a lie you LIE to your children telling them there is a tooth fairy who brings money for lost teeth BECAUSE they have an imagination and it's fun to see them believe in something that doesn't exist?

Did it ever occur to you that your lies FEED their imaginations ...children DON'T need to be LIED to to have a creative imagination
---Rhonda on 3/21/08

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I don't know about the rest of the parents but I have fun with my kids. No I don't lie to them. I don't tell them that Santa Claus, Tooth Fairy, Easter rabbit are real. But I to have an imagination along with them. I use my hands as airplanes and play along with my children. There is no harm in having an imagination. Have fun with life people. You only live once. Enjoy life to the fullest.
---Rebecca_D on 3/20/08

No tooth Fairy is not in the bible and when people teach there children there is a tooth Fairy Santa Clause Easter Bunny so on they are lying to them and then when they find out
all this was unture they are hurt so tell them the truth from the begianing
---betty on 3/20/08

There is nothing wrong with fiction or imagination.

The problem is when someone can't distinguish fantasy from reality. This can happen with young children who haven't learned the difference, or people who are delusional, or people who have been lied to.

If you tell a child Santa or the Tooth Fairy is make-believe, and they understand that, it's fine.

But if they DON'T, and later percieve that they have been lied to and their trust has been betrayed, this can cause lasting damage.
---StrongAxe on 3/20/08

Yeah, but Sue, when kids play "pretend" and use their imagination, it's ok, part of being a child and growing up. We are called to put away childish things. Being "child-like" is not the same thing as playing pretend and perpetuating lies. When adults play "pretend" it's called lying. My ex-husband was an expert at that and he also was very childish.
---Holly4jc on 3/20/08

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Allowing children to use their imaginations is not the same as telling them lies. Children will imagine all sorts of things if left to do so - it's natural. That does not mean that we should tell them about non-existent beings as though they were real. If we do, this is no longer their imagination - it is their thoughts dwelling on their parents' lies.
---RitaH on 3/20/08

wow. this is amazing.

It is called having an imagination! Kids pretend stuff all the time! It's fun and sometimes they even learn things from pretending! You people should try it sometime.
---sue on 3/20/08

Ya know to me it is a big deal that my children are losing their "baby" teeth. While yet it is killing me inside knowing that my babies aren't babies anymore. I still make a big deal out of them losing one of their baby teeth. When your child takes their first step are you excited and make a big deal out of it? Or do you just say oh okay that is fine. I am one of those parents that kisses their kid's boo boos, and reward them for when they do good or lose one of their baby teeth.
---Rebecca_D on 3/19/08

Thank you John! :)
---Mary on 3/19/08

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Playing a game putting tooth by pillow having child understand receiving something from mom/dad while they're asleep (minus forcing child belief in the tooth fairy) is harmless.

Playing "fiction" with children telling them "story" (candy coated way of lying) a "story" they are to believe until they get old enough to figure out they were duped with "story" IS STILL LYING

Cannot serve God of righteousness while "playing" with Satan and lying
---Rhonda on 3/19/08

Mary, thanks. I gave you a vote. Blessings!
---John1944 on 3/18/08

Lighten up people. My son lost one of his baby teeth the other day. He was so happy because he lost a baby tooth. And yes he put it under his pillow and he told me, Mom my tooth is under the pillow, don't forget to leave me a quarter. I left him $2.00 in quarters. What is the harm? He knows that this is a game and mom is proud that he lost a tooth and gave him a reward for losing a baby tooth.
---Rebecca_D on 3/18/08

Hi Frances! Lying is meant to deceive. Fiction is meant merely to tell a story or make a point, sort of like the book of Esther. Blessings! And stay happy! :-)
---John1944 on 3/17/08

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Emcee that's a tough one ...hmmm deny my children an 'innocent lie for fun' (whatever the intellectual mind has deemed an innocent lie over God) ..or strike down Satan The Father of Lies and dismiss the foolishness keeping and teaching my children to be FREE from lying at the expense of others or their own fun ....i would be graced and honored to be called a 'tooth fairy party pooper' in the name of God ...this innocent fun is wrapped up in the name of Satan the Father of Lies
---Rhonda on 3/17/08

...I can find many hundreds of things to do with my children that don't require MY LYING to them at THEIR EXPENSE for MY FUN - sounds pretty darn sick when you look at it that way ...oh but why do that because then you'll miss all the fun???

...the simple things of 'innocent fun' pushing aside God and entertaining the Father of Lies ....and the pride of BELONGING that make adults follow along with the rest of the sheep to fit in completely oblivious to their own deceit
---Rhonda on 3/17/08

StrongAxe, take a class in 'Legpulling 101'! :-)
I suppose when a somewhat silly question is asked, you'll see some silly answers! God bless.
---NVBarbara on 3/17/08

This whole blog gave me giggles! Some deadly serious, others seeing the silliness.
Marla did NOT ask if this was a "Biblical" principal. THAT was the Mods' heading, sort of misleading IMHO. I never did the 'Easter Bunny' or 'tooth fairy' bit.
---NVBarbara on 3/17/08

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Rhonda::Chocolate is sweet so is INNOCENT FUN lighten up Lady.This is the tooth Fairy Party and not Biblical.they call some party is it poopers or bloopers.take your pick.
---Emcee on 3/17/08

LOLOL!!! Oh John, I love your answers! :D
---Mary on 3/17/08

I can tell you right now that it is not biblical. I do not believe in fooling children. I wonder if this could be considered witchcraft? Wait just a minute: Anything that you put above God, in place of God, is idolatry. And this toothfairy thing certainly fits the bill. The bill may be too high.
---catherine on 3/17/08

Ironic that adults use children for their fun claiming lying is good when in 'fun''re just an old fuddy duddy choosing not to lie at your childrens expense in the name of fun

cannot serve two masters ...a lie is a lie ...covering it up with chocolate doesn't make if 'fun'

Satan is the master of lies and deceit...whenever a Christian lies they are serving Satan - Satan is their master not Christ
---Rhonda on 3/15/08

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I'm still pushing for canonization of the Great Pumpkin and Wile E. Coyote
---notlaw99 on 3/15/08

The tooth fairy is male and he DOES live in West Hollwood. He charged two-fifty to take my kids' teeth.
---John1944 on 3/14/08


A couple of years ago, I read an article about how some scientists have discovered that there is a large group of people who have difficulty distinguishing sarcasm. I might be one of those, because even though I have a great sense of humor, I often find it hard to tell when people are pulling my leg :)
---StrongAxe on 3/14/08

No. We must not do that. I did that with my 7 yr old recently & my husband and I decided it is not the christian thing to do sinc he knows there is no santa claus & easter bunny.
---candice on 3/14/08

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John 1944 thinks he is funny, I thought StrongAxe was quite funny, but I also think StrongAxe is correct. Lying, especially for the rather pathetic reason of entertainment, is not a good example. And this forum is very chaotic so telling jokes like they really happened is going to backfire. Some 'Christians' are going to have to answer to God. I prefer attacks from honest people like NVBarbara and others, than jokes that look like truth but are not truth.
---frances008 on 3/14/08

This is the most silly things I have ever heard of! I live in so cal. and there are a lot of dentist in West Hollywood.
---MikeM on 3/14/08

Strongaxe, don't you recognize a joke when you read or hear it? John was pulling our collective leg. Lighten up!
---NVBarbara on 3/14/08

Barb...I don't remember there being a "tooth fairy" around when I was growing up. But, by the time I had kids they had invented her. Either that or the tooth fairy was just flat broke when I was growing up.
---Susie on 3/14/08

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I'm sorry to hear that.

A lie is a lie. Learning later in life that your parents used a lie to take money from you would likely be a MORE bitter message than hearing that they used a lie to make your life fun.
---StrongAxe on 3/13/08

StrongAxe, I was told the tooth fairy was debt-ridden and really needed the money back then.
---John1944 on 3/13/08

I believe the theme here is truth and moderation. When all observers understand the TRUTH, some things may be okay. i.e. Santa Claus represents eternal life, all knowing, no evil, fairys (elfs)are real, no need for God. Xmas Trees recycling of life-pagan custom, object of worship (define worship), displacement of Christ. Easter bunny/eggs fertility rites (pagan), symbolic of reproduction, distraction from God. Tooth fairy, innocent role play, teaches who comforts children (fairy), not holy spirit.
---mikefl on 3/13/08


If you had such a miserly tooth fairy, did it ever occur to you to just pocket the fifty cents, and slip the tooth into the trash? :)
---StrongAxe on 3/13/08

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NO Elder --Emcee believes a little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men.At 82 I am still not an old Fuddy duddy.There is a time to be serious and a time to play.sorry if you do not see the difference.Peace be with you anyway.
---Emcee on 3/12/08

I have no problem with tooth fairy, easter bunny, santa. I also tell my kids about Jesus every day and when they get older I will let them know that the tooth fairy, etc is not real but that Jesus is. We see God's blessings every day and as long as I show them that I don't worry. It is important to let our children have an imagination and belive things. I believed in all of those things and I never once thought that if the Easter Bunny isn't real then neither is God.
---Mary on 3/12/08

Barb....I agree. This has got to be one of the silliest blogs. And the notion of a "tooth angel" is even sillier. We live in a very strange world today.
---Susie on 3/12/08

This should be on the humor blog!
---NVBarbara on 3/12/08

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its not in the BIBLE so NO WAY!!
---Billy on 3/12/08

Christian children are in the world but not of the world. They should know about the stories going around and they should know that these stories are not true. Avoidance of them is futile, because children hear these things from other children. It is best to be honest and open with our children.
---frances008 on 3/12/08

My kids understand fully the "myths" of Santa etc. St. Nicholas was a real person at one time. It is not so much different than using Dr. Seuss to teach reading. Children use fantasy to learn. Just keep in perspective. Explain the legend it's origin and they have all the more fun.
---dan on 3/12/08

When I was little I had to put fifty cents under my pillow along with the tooth to pay that fairy to take my tooth away.
---John1944 on 3/11/08

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Yea, teach those children all about that fairy stuff. Then, when they "get old enough" teach em' about Jesus. They will see Him the same way they see the other make believe characters.
Sounds like Emcee and Jack have just explained their reason they view things like they do. It is either that or they pulled too many teeth too close together just to get money.
---Elder on 3/11/08


The problem is not theology (tooth fairy vs. tooth angel).

There is "magic" taking place (teeth disappear, money appears), and parents lie about its source.

Eventually, children find out the tooth fairy is really just mom.

They also discover similar truths about Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny. When they realize their parents are lying about these, it's easy to conclude that Jesus is just make-believe too.
---StrongAxe on 3/11/08

You're kidding, right?? With everything wrong with the world today, you worry about the tooth fairy??

Some of these blogs are ridiculous at best.
---NurseRobert on 3/11/08

Oh please give me a break!
---shirley on 3/11/08

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Marla:: It is really a make believe thing to stir the imagination of the child unless you go to Erin's Green Isle where they abound under rocks toad stools and mix with the little people and those who spin gold thread, with Leprachauns and darling wee ones.
---Emcee on 3/11/08

In answer to moderator's heading, NO. In answer to Marla's question - again - NO. Many Christians do teach their children about the tooth fairy, goblins, elves and Santa but it is teaching which has to be undone at some time. No parent can ever avoid having to admit that they lied to their children when they teach these things so why do it when Christian parents teach their children that it is wrong to lie?
---RitaH on 3/11/08

My kids grew up with it knowing it was make believe, like Mickey Mouse and Big Bird. They knew the money really came from us, but they liked the fantasy play, which was good for them to experience.
---Trish9863 on 3/11/08

I wonder if you leave money under your pillow, if the tooth fairy would leave teeth?
Either way is pretty goofy. Give kids money for loosing teeth? Nah.
---NVBarbara on 3/11/08

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It's a game, and that's all it is.

When I was a child I knew for certain that fairies were a subset of angels.

If "tooth fairy" bothers you, why not "tooth angel."
---Jack on 3/11/08

It is no different than lying to them about the Easter bunny, Santa Claus, etc. My kids know that such things aren't real. I won't lie to my kids. And if the parents tell their children that the tooth fairy, Santa Claus, and things of the like are real, they are lying. If you think it is harmless, think again.
---Rebecca_D on 3/11/08

A little lesson in spirituality: if the bible does not say anything in particular on a certain subject. We are to use spiritual wisdom and discretion on that particular subject. I have never read anything against letting kids enjoy the tooth fairy or other childhood activities. Why not? Its fun for the kids and I enjoyed it when I did it for my kids.People are blowing Christianity way out of proportion due to ignorance and lack of knowledge.
---Robyn on 3/11/08

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