...a friend asked me, "Then who do you pray to?"
Stopped me dead in my tracks. I thought of all the times I, raised as an atheist and self-proclaiming as such at the age of 18, had asked in my head, "Dear God, please just bring him home safely..." (once when my brother was missing after school, for example) and I wondered whether that made me a believer...in something...and I've never brought up the subject to anyone since. Now I need to be ready for the inevitable questions from my young son, and it does give one food for thought. I would like to tell him that as humans, we need something to believe in when we are scared, so a lot of people pray to someone called God and that makes them less scared. If he does not find that to be enough, then hopefully I can educate him in a way that gives him solace without having to subscribe to a certain religion.
That said, I think that the Bible does have various worthy messages of compassion and consideration, but one needs only to hand down those lessons, not feed everyone the whole book, word by word.