My relationship with my father is... um. I wouldn't say close. He was quite abusive, mentally and emotionally, up until about two years ago when he started having more health issues and had to retire from his job. It seems like this new role suddenly made him more interested in trying to mend fences with his family members. His behavior has been greatly improved since then, and I am trying not to hold past transgressions against him. He is stubborn and difficult to get along with still, though. Which leads to the next point: religion is not something that is generally discussed in the family mostly because of Dad. He insists that his version is The Version to follow, and has become upset in the past when people (not just me) didn't respond to his comments. Religious themed gifts are definitely abnormal in the entire family in general. This is the first religious-themed gift I can EVER remember being given or received by anyone -- in nearly 30 years -- so I am wondering why he chose me of all people to give it to.
I used the word agnostic, but in truth it's more of a... between agnosticism and atheism. I believe there is a higher power of some designation and there is something there after death, but that personal faith is just that, personal, and that the rules set forth in writings are not necessarily the rules that I must follow. I have read some texts, including the various Christian Bibles, but I do not personally own any, and never have. There is only one Bible that I know of that exists in my parents' house, and it is sitting in the same place that it's been in for the last 20+ years, untouched. I have actually mentioned my personal beliefs in a family setting before, and it sparked one of Dad's arguments. It's been a few years since that, though. I don't know if Dad remembers that argument at all - but he has performed a bit of history revision before (he claims he never hit me - all other family members remember differently).
My problem here is that I want to discourage him from giving such gifts in the future. I recognize that he probably meant well, but... I don't want to insult him by saying "ew, your gift sucks, don't do that again!" -- but I don't want another one! This is why I'm turning to you lovely eHellions for help.