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XDaniGirl 2 kids; Fayetteville, Arkansas 1407 posts
12th Dec '12
Quoting speaktruth2powr:" Thank you for making a judgement free space to discuss beliefs. It doesn't happen very often on this ... [snip!] ... 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. "


That has to be a very interesting environment to live in!! (: Seems like things would get tense sometimes though ?

Dovahkiin 1 child; 1 angel baby; Kentucky 16776 posts
12th Dec '12
Quoting speaktruth2powr:" Thank you for making a judgement free space to discuss beliefs. It doesn't happen very often on this ... [snip!] ... 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. "


You're welcome.




That's really awesome. I plan to let my children choose their religion as well. I think it's important for kids to find what makes sense to them. I was raised Presbyterian and it never clicked with me. My parents would just tell me not to question it.

Sock Lady 6 kids; 4 angel babies; Hell, ON, Canada 11741 posts
12th Dec '12
Quoting bbbt:" You're welcome. That's really awesome. I plan to let my children choose their religion as well. I ... [snip!] ... makes sense to them. I was raised Presbyterian and it never clicked with me. My parents would just tell me not to question it. "


That is what my parents did for my siblings and I. They didn't push their believes on us, and allowed us to find the religion that we felt comfortable with. It is something that I am so thankful for.
I will be doing the same for my children as well.

Good Queen Bess 2 kids; Ontario 47186 posts
12th Dec '12
Quoting XDaniGirl:" That has to be a very interesting environment to live in!! (: Seems like things would get tense sometimes though ?"


You would think so, but my husband is the antithesis of the "know it all" Athiest and he respects that other people have other callings.



My daughter is just laid back about everything and doesn't really go out of her way to get into religious or philosophical debates. She goes to a Catholic School, so there are times she comes home frustrated and needs to vent....but she calms herself fairly quickly.

XDaniGirl 2 kids; Fayetteville, Arkansas 1407 posts
12th Dec '12
Quoting speaktruth2powr:" You would think so, but my husband is the antithesis of the "know it all" Athiest and he respects that ... [snip!] ... to a Catholic School, so there are times she comes home frustrated and needs to vent....but she calms herself fairly quickly."


Wow! I have to say I'm kind of jealous! I find other religions rather interesting but Baptist is just my home I guess

Mrs Mia Wallace Due May 9; 33 kids; 3 angel babies; Georgia 2859 posts
12th Dec '12

<blockquote><b>Quoting bbbt:</b>" 1. First, what is your religion? 2. How did your faith develop? Have you always had it ("born into it") ... [snip!] ... church/temple/etc. regularly? How often do you pray? Do most of your major life choices and decisions stem from your faith?"</blockquote>



1. I'm Christian
2. I was raised in church, lost my faith and regained it when my son was born prematurely.
3. Absolutely. I'm analytical so IS question a lot, not just this. Lol
4. It doesn't bother me. My best friend is Wiccan and I have friends of all religions....No, I don't think they're wrong; they choose whatever religion or lack of is right for them. I have nothing against Atheists. If they choose not to believe, that's their decision.
5. I don't attend church but I do read my Bible, research religious topics and often talk about it. I pray daily, some days, more than others. Yes, my faith usually affects my major life-altering decisions.

Good Queen Bess 2 kids; Ontario 47186 posts
12th Dec '12
Quoting XDaniGirl:" Wow! I have to say I'm kind of jealous! I find other religions rather interesting but Baptist is just my home I guess"


That's how I felt with my path as well.



It was like I was able to breath a huge sigh of relief, like I had run a huge marathon and it was over. It was a crazy feeling.

sillygirltracyb_caius1222 4 kids; North Richland Hills, Texas 614 posts
12th Dec '12

I am a Christian but I am not gonna answer most of these questions. .. but I know the truth and I know the Bible and I know God. My church is NOT RELIGIOUS although my family attend every wed, sat and more.
When you experience God and miracles you know the truth.. if you dont know the Bible and dont have a relationship with God it would be very difficult to understand my answers to your questions.



I was brought up in a southern Baptist church that taught works..meaning more based on you doing all the right things... but that is not what gets you into heaven..its about your belief in Jesus Christ as your Lord&savior. WHEN we mess up and legitimately ask for forgiveness GOD is forgiving BC HE IS LOVING with GRACE and mercy.



Its soo much more than religion but the Bible doesnt change and it applies today even more. No one is perfect but when we truly love God it should be our desire to please him.. same as w a notmal physical being.



Im not sure why you posted this question but you sound like you are searching for something.. I go to a charismatic church now. Its more like Pentecostal than anything. .. check out the website. .



Www.experiencemessage.com

khigh 1 child; Fort Sill, Oklahoma 8101 posts
12th Dec '12

1. First, what is your religion? I am an Orthodox Hindu with Jain dietary restrictions.

2. How did your faith develop? Have you always had it ("born into it") or did it occur later in life? I converted at 16. I was born and confirmed in the Catholic church, but converted soon after confirmation when my parents let me stop going to church.

3. Do you ever question your faith? What sorts of things make you question it?
My faith is one thing I do not question. It is something I have believed even before I could put a name to those beliefs and we do allow for exploration and explanations in science, which helps.

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? All paths lead to righteousness no matter what. Enlightenment can come from any religion or non-belief, but only a Hindu male (non-materialistic and learned everything they can through thousands of lives) can be one with the Universal Spirit after death. All others go through rebirth until they reach a point of enlightenment.

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? I got to temple every Sunday and pray 5 times a day with Puja (ritualistic prayer and sacrifice) before dawn an at dusk. I also fast after dusk and all day Fridays. All of my major life decisions are seen through the filter of my faith.

Leisurely Duchess 1 child; Monterey, California 25884 posts
12th Dec '12

1. First, what is your religion?



I'm an agnostic-atheist, people tell me atheism is a religion, a belief system and something that requires faith, so I am replying to the OP as appropriate. However I am a freethinker first, it is a philosophy but you could call it a religion if you like.



2. How did your faith develop? Have you always had it ("born into it") or did it occur later in life?

I was raised Jehovah's Witness and indoctrinated with old earth creationism. My faith in atheism came later; I just grew up I suppose.



3. Do you ever question your faith? What sorts of things make you question it?



Yes I do sometimes question my faith in not believing in any gods. Practicing critical thinking and analyzing even my own favored positions is something that comes naturally to me, it's the primary reason I managed to reach adulthood without being a creatard. *shameless self-congratulations* Deism (and by extension, pandeism) is the most logical of all of the different god beliefs and is the only god belief that appeals to my intellect.



4. What do you think of other religions? Do you they think they are wrong?

I think some religions are more harmful that others, I think all of the Abrahamic religions are wrong, that particular god does not exist, and I wish the cooler religions were more popular and widespread.



What makes you certain your faith is the "right" one? Also, what do you think of atheism?

My religion is the right one for now because it is the only one in which no part is contradicted by evidence or logic. That could change in the future with the discovery of new evidence. Atheism is sometimes counterintuitive; like the shape of the earth and the sun going round the earth, it can require some application of intellectualism because it doesn't typically fall in line with what feels right to us, our intuition. So it can be a hard pill so swallow for some.



Atheism is the religious belief of not having any god beliefs. Because it only addresses the god question, atheism is not incompatible with religion. Atheism does not mean irreligion. Atheism also does not invoke naturalism, empiricism or evidentialism. It's awesome because it's so simplistic.



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?



I'm very involved because I maintain my faith daily in not believing in gods. This doesn't require organization or prayer, but sometimes it's good to meditate on reinforcing my faith, and most major decisions do not stem from my religion because my religion has no tenets about how people should think or live, but some do because my religion has no tenets about how people should live or think, so I have no reason to oppose things like progressive LGBT civil rights, or stem cell research, things like that.



Thank you for the opportunity to share this. :)

Leisurely Duchess 1 child; Monterey, California 25884 posts
12th Dec '12
Quoting sillygirltracyb 12/25:" I am a Christian but I am not gonna answer most of these questions. .. but I know the truth and I know ... [snip!] ... a charismatic church now. Its more like Pentecostal than anything. .. check out the website. . Www.experiencemessage.com"


Don't be silly, that is organized religion. Organized religion just means regular gatherings of people of the same religion for the purpose of discussing or studying their mutual faith. Besides, even if you didn't go to church, saying you're not religious is like saying you're not a Christian, Christianity is a religion. Religion is not a bad word, so stop acting like it is. :?

Dovahkiin 1 child; 1 angel baby; Kentucky 16776 posts
12th Dec '12
Quoting khigh:" 1. First, what is your religion? I am an Orthodox Hindu with Jain dietary restrictions. 2. How did your ... [snip!] ... an at dusk. I also fast after dusk and all day Fridays. All of my major life decisions are seen through the filter of my faith."


Very very interesting you went from Catholic to Hindu. My dad has always said "once a Catholic, always a Catholic." But, he's wrong about most things. Lol.

Dovahkiin 1 child; 1 angel baby; Kentucky 16776 posts
12th Dec '12
Quoting Leisurely Duchess:" 1. First, what is your religion? I'm an agnostic-atheist, people tell me atheism is a religion, a ... [snip!] ... like progressive LGBT civil rights, or stem cell research, things like that. Thank you for the opportunity to share this. :)"


You're welcome, and thank you for sharing!

Dovahkiin 1 child; 1 angel baby; Kentucky 16776 posts
12th Dec '12
Quoting sillygirltracyb 12/25:" I am a Christian but I am not gonna answer most of these questions. .. but I know the truth and I know ... [snip!] ... a charismatic church now. Its more like Pentecostal than anything. .. check out the website. . Www.experiencemessage.com"


I'm not seeking anything. I think it is interesting to hear about other people's beliefs. -shrug-

The Master 2 kids; Perth, Australia 19989 posts
12th Dec '12

1. First, what is your religion?