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A few questions for those of faith Dovahkiin 1 child; 1 angel baby; Kentucky 16776 posts
12th Dec '12

1. First, what is your religion?
2. How did your faith develop? Have you always had it ("born into it") or did it occur later in life?
3. Do you ever question your faith? What sorts of things make you question it?
4. What do you think of other religions? Do you they think they are wrong? What makes you certain your faith is the "right" one? Also, what do you think of atheism?
5. How involved in your religion are you? Do you attend church/temple/etc. regularly? How often do you pray? Do most of your major life choices and decisions stem from your faith?

Squeaky McGee 2 kids; 3 angel babies; Indiana 63810 posts
12th Dec '12

I was raised in Messianic Judaism. Yes, I have doubted my faith, but never fully walked away. I don't think anyone is wrong. It's not my place to say who's right and who's wrong. I think all faiths have the right idea in mind, but I don't think anyone has it 100% accurate.

Manda❤Alayna 1 child; 1 angel baby; Texas 4149 posts
12th Dec '12

1. Christian
2. BD and I went to church. When I left him I stopped. I recently "found" God again since DD was born.
3. No not really. I question why things happen but not my faith. I just try to remember that everything happens for a reason.
4. I don't mind other religions. I find them interesting. I don't mind atheism either. It's just not for me. I think it gives me comfort to feel that there is a superior God.
5. I don't attend church. I want to, but I'm pretty picky. I need a laidback church. Not a church that is after my money or seems like a cult. I've been to both and they've turned me off of churches. I do pray every day though. I just say thanks for my blessings, ask Him to keep me safe and few personal things. I do think about my faith when making decisions. I think it's helped me to be a better person.

XDaniGirl 2 kids; Fayetteville, Arkansas 1407 posts
12th Dec '12

1. I'm a Baptist.
2.I was born into it but we stopped going to church and went back a few times.
3. I didn't always believe. My younger cousin, who was 8 at the time I think, was diagnosed with cancer, my great grandmothers died within 6 months of each other and I was super close to both of them, the following Valentines day my great grandfather died, and then a few years later I had to put his dog down due to old age. I didn't think that if there was a God he would put me through that much pain all before I turned 14. A friend of mine, in the summer of 2009, explained God to me like this "how do you explain watching the sun come up over the mountains? the beauty of watching the wind blow through a hay field before it's cut? the feeling of a horse running underneath you and feeling their muscles move? or watching a horse run and watching them play in the fields?"
4. I think every one has their own views God. I believe what the bible says when it says "don't worship false idols". My faith is right for me and my family. Atheism makes no sense to me in all honesty.
5. I went to church just about every sunday when I lived with my parents. DH and I have fell out of the habit of going but we are starting to go again and are even getting involved with a Sunday School class. I don't necessarily pray so much as think things at God to ask him things. It makes me feel odd to say "dear Jesus/God, Amen" but every one prays in their own way. Most of our life choices are are made for our family, but I think God points us in the way we need to go when we make our family decisions.

speaktruth2powr 2 kids; Ontario 45005 posts
12th Dec '12

1. First, what is your religion? - I am a Celtic Polytheist or Reconstructionist (P

lolajessup Due July 25; 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Beaverton, Michigan 44057 posts
12th Dec '12

I am elca Lutheran.



I was born and raised catholic from my grandparents. My parents didn't go to church. I stopped going there when they died, so around 12 ish. Then I went to some non denominational youth group things in h.s. then went with my parents and a lady I knew to their non denominational churches. But they were a little too much for me with speaking tongues and people fainting and stuff. Then I met SO and he was raised Lutheran. So when we had dd we decided to look for a Lutheran church. We found one and had her baptized. Then we became members.



I never question my faith. I love Ben g Lutheran. It's very relaxed compared to the catholic life I grew up in. I have ways bieved in god and never will stop. I can't look out my window without seeing signs of god. Trees. Flowers. Snow. Sunrise Babies. I can't even imagine there's anyone else who could create such complex, wonderful, and beautiful things.



I don't know that my faith is the "right one". I do not look down on people who have diff faith than I. I have no reason to be concerned with their choices. What is important is knowing where I am going when I die.



I pray everyday on my way to work, when I see prayer requests either on here or irl. I try to go to church every week. I used to but SO had some issues with our church and the last yr has. Ren trying for us in deciding to stay or go. All of our major life decisions are based on prayer and listening to gods plan for us. We rust that god has a plan for us and we do our best to follow it even when we don't necessarily like what he has in store.

The Bear and The Bird 2 kids; Vantaa, Finland 42577 posts
12th Dec '12

I'm a hellenic polytheist. I think I've always been aware of the gods, I just wasn't ready to accept it. I've been drawn to the mythology my whole life, but I've started to devote myself to it in the last three years.I question my faith all the time. Sometimes I wonder if I'm just a little nuts. I think other gods exist and control others lives, but I've been claimed and choose to claim mine. I don't really think anything of atheism. I'm pretty much flying blind with my worship. I read a lot of anthropology papers but knowledge is scant. The best sources I have are the mythology works, and those don't describe much. I pray daily to some goddesses, weekly or just as I need them for others. I don't pray to the gods really because they don't influence my life much.

BRowell 3 kids; 2 angel babies; Bristol, TN, United States 3681 posts
12th Dec '12

1. Catholic
2. I had been to several different churches in my life, my dad is baptist, mom is Lutheran, and I had a bestfriend who was penticostal but nothing ever clicked with any of those, I just didn't feel like I fit in. I met my husband and got pregnant at 17 and his mom took me to their church. It was just where I wanted to be, I feel at home there, I feel close to God there so I went their the process and in 2009 was baptized catholic.
3. I wouldn't say question if but there are some things I have a hard time agreeing with, for example, gay marriage. I know according to my religion that its a sin but I've loved every gay person I've met in my life and in my heart I think I believe that love is love and I really don't see why gay people couldn't get married.
4. I don't think any religions are wrong. I believe that my faith is the right one for ME . I believe that anyone that turkey believes in their faith and is faithful to it then everything will work out, I believe that if I am a good person, am thankful, ask for forgiveness of my sins, attend holy days and confession and so on that I will go to heaven but I also believe that if a faithful baptist gets baptists then they will go to heaven because that's what they believe. I think to each their own on atheism, I could never not believe in God or be faithful to him but I know there are people that don't believe.
5.My family attend church every Sunday unless we are sick or accidentally over sleep, we also go on holy days. I pray daily, we say grace at mealtimes, etc I believe without God I wouldn't, be where I am, wouldn't have had the opertunities I've had etc so I think all my choices are linked to him and I'm am always thankful.

Sock Lady 6 kids; 3 angel babies; Hell, ON, Canada 11727 posts
12th Dec '12

1 - Pagan



2 - Born into it for the most part(my mom has Pagan believes, but doesn't practice, and my dad is an atheist. My parents allowed me to choose whatever religion that I felt comfortable with...which is something that I will always be thankful for. I will be doing the same for my children)



3 - Nope.



4 - I have no problems with other religions. In fact, I find them fascinating. :) I do not see any religion as wrong. Atheism doesn't bother me at all either. I feel that my faith is the right one for ME. What another person chooses to believe in is their decision, and I respect that.



5 - Very involved...however, I have yet to come across a Pagan church, so obviously I don't go to church. I prefer practicing outside in the company of nature. Lol I do "pray", do rituals, spells, etc. a lot though. A lot of my life choices stem from my faith...it is what helped me to become the person that I am today.

Dovahkiin 1 child; 1 angel baby; Kentucky 16776 posts
12th Dec '12

Thank you to all who have responded so far. I love this kind of thing. It's absolutely amazing to me how intricate, complex, and vastly varying individual beliefs and spiritual paths can be. Yes, you, you, and you may all be Christian, but deep down your stories and heart are all very different.

XDaniGirl 2 kids; Fayetteville, Arkansas 1407 posts
12th Dec '12
Quoting BRowell:" 1. Catholic 2. I had been to several different churches in my life, my dad is baptist, mom is Lutheran, ... [snip!] ... I am, wouldn't have had the opertunities I've had etc so I think all my choices are linked to him and I'm am always thankful."


That's how I am. I understand it's a sin but my Pastor made this SUPER rude remark about it on Sunday and I had a MAJOR SUPER DUPER problem with it.

Sock Lady 6 kids; 3 angel babies; Hell, ON, Canada 11727 posts
12th Dec '12
Quoting bbbt:" Thank you to all who have responded so far. I love this kind of thing. It's absolutely amazing to me ... [snip!] ... paths can be. Yes, you, you, and you may all be Christian, but deep down your stories and heart are all very different. "


:) You're welcome.

Dovahkiin 1 child; 1 angel baby; Kentucky 16776 posts
12th Dec '12
Quoting XDaniGirl:" That's how I am. I understand it's a sin but my Pastor made this SUPER rude remark about it on Sunday and I had a MAJOR SUPER DUPER problem with it. "


What did he say?

speaktruth2powr 2 kids; Ontario 45005 posts
12th Dec '12
Quoting bbbt:" Thank you to all who have responded so far. I love this kind of thing. It's absolutely amazing to me ... [snip!] ... paths can be. Yes, you, you, and you may all be Christian, but deep down your stories and heart are all very different. "


Thank you for making a judgement free space to discuss beliefs. It doesn't happen very often on this site.



I live in a house of complex systems....I am what I am, my husband is an Athiest and my daughter (who is 16) is a Buddhist.

XDaniGirl 2 kids; Fayetteville, Arkansas 1407 posts
12th Dec '12
Quoting bbbt:" What did he say? "


I don't remember exactly but he was talking about a 21 day fast that we have the option of starting in January. One of the things we need to pray for is for our nation because it's changing. And out of nowhere he yelled "Like gay marriage!" And went rambling on about how it shouldn't be legalized and it was going to be part of our downfall.
At the beginning of the sermon it was all about "give money, this is the season of giving, give all you can, its your duty as a christian to give a tenth, extra gifts are even better." I go to a VERY large church (it doubles as a private school and has 4 different campuses, and another campus is starting a school to) and sometimes the pastor's sermons are literally about how we need to give more to our church and do our duty. Over the summer my dad got an e mail and something in the mail about how they were behind on their like million dollar goal for the summer. The pastor annoys me sometimes but that church is where my faith blossomed and began so it's home to me so I can't convince myself to leave. (I forgot to throw this part in lol)