Outspoken or Keeping Quiet...

Religion... - Religion...
@twoey68 (13651)
United States
September 28, 2007 10:38pm CST
Do you openly discuss religion with your online friends or personal friends? Do you keep your opinions about religion to yourself unless your asked? I've always believed in God even at times when I didn't think about it alot but I don't tend to talk alot about it. Some ppl are amazed that I am religous at all for some reason. I don't know the Bible chapter and verse but I do know parts of it. I don't go to church but I think it would be nice to go if I ever found one that I liked. I do pray although I believe that you can pray anywhere. I believe in Heaven, Hell, God, Jesus and Prayer. I just don't go around talking to everyone about it. I've met ppl that all but force it on you, demanding you repent and it seems like that is a sure fire way to get ppl to stay away. I also meet ppl that in one breath will say they are deeply religious but in the next will talk about stealing something from a store. Do you avoid discussions where there might be a religious fight or do you jump in with your opinion and fight it out? I don't want to argue religion but am just wondering if ppl are outspoken about it or keep it to themselves. By the way, the pic included in the discussion is one that I actually have that my Grandmother gave to me when I was very small...I still love it. **AT PEACE WITHIN** ~~STAND STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS~~
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@rachsal4 (391)
• United States
29 Sep 07
I don't usually stray away from religious topics, unless they are just arguments. I grew up very much immersed in christianity because my father was a missionary, and my mother was a youth group leader. Since then I have had my ups and downs when it comes to my faith, but I have always believed. I think there's a difference between preaching and bullying. Preaching is done to those who want to hear it, are curious, or have ?'s. Bullying is trying to shove your religion down someones throat, this is something I don't like. I will never shy away from standing up and saying I love the Lord. But I won't argue, or debate about why someone else should believe in my religion. I'm not blind to the fact that my issues in my faith have not left me to be a good disciple.
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• India
29 Sep 07
I do not shy away from expressing my religious or political views online or offline for that matter because I live in a country which supports liberal views and also guarantees freedom of speech and thought. I come from India, a land which prides itself in equality and among diversity unlike any country of the world. No country in this world is as unique as India in this score.
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@Stiletto (4584)
15 Oct 07
I have no religious beliefs and it's not really a subject that interests me that much so it's fairly rare for me to have a discussion about it. As for my friends in "real life" to be honest I don't know what (if any) religious beliefs some of them have. British people tend to keep these things to themselves lol! I have online friends that have various religious beliefs but we rarely discuss them. If I'm asked for my opinion I'll give it but otherwise it's never a topic of discussion between us.
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@jezzmay (1845)
• United States
15 Oct 07
I will discuss it with ones who would like to.I do make it known that I am a chistian I live my life the best way to show I am.I do not argue about it are force it on anyone,because we are to walk in love.I will tell people about jesus and about being borned again if they want to listen,but if they do not I stop.
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@mouse27 (1155)
• Canada
15 Oct 07
i was always taught that there are two things poeple should never talk about unless there willing to have a debate. those 2 things are religion and politics.
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
15 Oct 07
The Bible says that we are to give an answer to those who ask about the hope that is within us. So I do discuss my beliefs if someone asks, and if the question asked gives me the right to tell them about what God has done for me, if it is a question like creation and evolution. I try to avoid fights, since I happen to know that there are two men here on myLot who are trying to turn people away from God and if a Christian gets into a discussion with them, it is sort of like casting pearls before swine. I do not want to get any of the posts I respond to deleted. However when it comes to morality, I will tell what I think and why I think, that as a Christian, such behavior is wrong, etc. but I will also give medical references so the person does not think that I am a robot.
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@bizmom (515)
• United States
15 Oct 07
i have said it many times here in NOT religouse but spiritual and yet.. i will not fight with someone on thier religion/beliefs either thats their belife who the hell am I to knock it or say anything negative the only things i will tell and say are things i have found and read and that makes sence to ME! - they DO NOT have to make sence to them - but if ur truely friends and christian (as Some say they are):) then the views of EVERYONE should be respected no matter if u agree or not - none and neither of u( US) are right or wrong! u just differ on it is all! - u ( US) everyone could still get along and be civil to eachother no matter what we believe - because lets face it no matter how much we believe and want to practice neither u nor I know the ABSOLUTE TRUTH!! NONE US (HERE) know GOD ( however anyone wants to *SEE* HIM) are personal close friends with him and able to ASK the total truth while having tea! lol - which if u ask me ( and my opinion) we all DO KNOW the *truth* -- to live ur live as honest, truthful and GOOD as u can (of course were all going to *sin* thats LIFE) but on the WHOLE! -- and with EVERYONE in it! - or lets face it were adding the HELL on earth here if not! :( We will only know * THE WHOLE TRUTH* when that *TIME* comes to us all!! AGAIN only my thinking and opinion! :) getting along with my fellow earthlings! lol XXX
@stvasile (7317)
• Romania
2 Oct 07
I generally avoid religious discussions, because I seem to be surrounded by religious freaks or zealots. I do believe in God but I keep my beliefs at a rational level.
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@THKOhio (330)
• United States
2 Oct 07
When it comes to religion, I don't discuss it unless someone asks me a specific question. I prefer to live my faith and let people see it actually working in my life. I'm not the type who feels comfortable preaching to people about what they HAVE to do, etc. I don't avoid discussions where I know religion/faith will come into it, but I have learned that it is better just to give my opinion and then leave it alone, instead of fighting about it.
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• United States
1 Oct 07
religion is a Hot subject. People often forget that most religion often never can be proven, it is all in a matter of Good faith. That leaves me to believe religion should be personal, if the conversation arrises, it's ok to share but I don't see the point in debating on religion...it's ongoing and too controversial.
• United States
1 Oct 07
I try to keep quiet. I don't like to debate on a belief. You can't prove it, so no one can be right or wrong. I have my beliefs, and I keep them to myself. My husband and his family have different beliefs than I do, so I just don't say anything when they talk about religion. The only problem we are having with that is my son's baptism. We have decided to get him baptised and let him choose his religion later, when he is old enough. The only problem I have with keeping my mouth shut is with my mother-in-law. She is very religous and feels the need to do the sign of the cross on me whenever we leave the house. I don't like it, but I never say anything because I think it will cause more problems than solve them. She is very sensitive, so it would hurt her feelings very badly.
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@MsTickle (24993)
• Australia
30 Sep 07
I've been really amazed at the number of people here who are able to quote the bible and do...a lot. I was raised a hypocrite but I follow my own path now even tho I don't know where it leads. I don't know what to believe and most people I talk to about it in real life are vague. I have this idea that if you're are a Christian then piety enters the picture...you know, dutiful devotion to God and observance of religious principles. I know people who call themselves christians but they are in no way pious...more a bunch of sanctimonious a*holes if you want my opinion.
@weehihi (132)
• Philippines
30 Sep 07
i'm not really outspoken when it comes to religion or anything at all if im not asked about it. i dont consider myself religious but i believe in God and everything else about Him..i dont usually go to church because i believe that you can always talk to God anytime, anywhere..He's everywhere..and i felt that the church nowadays are full of hypocrites.i dont like those religious sects also who tried to push you into believing this and that..i dont avoid discussions about religions either...even if it will lead to an argument or not...if i'm asked what my opinions are about religion, i answer them the best way i can..for me, religion is what you believe in. i respect every religion in this world and every religious sect there is..
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
30 Sep 07
If someone asks me of what a verse means, or what my beliefs are, I will admit what they are. I do not like arguments,though, but I will not sit quiet and let someone delude others and I am also wary of those who pretend to be religious. I almost got caught in a fight because of someone like that. Keeping quiet is not the way to go, too many of us were quiet and while we shut ourselves up, evil increased. So there is a way to talk without bringing it into a fight. The trouble is not all of us are that tactful, but I would rather be tactless and save someone from gong to hell then being tactful and letting that person descend into ruination.
@skydancer (1982)
• United States
29 Sep 07
All of my friends and family are Christian (well, one is half-Jewish, but her faith is more along the lines of Christianity), and they all go to church, so it is not difficult to discuss issues concerning faith with them. We pretty much have the same moral ideals, and for me that's all good. I actually prefer to surround myself with strong Christians because it can be reassuring when my own faith has been tested or when something negative happens in my life that shouldn't have happened. People in a church setting tend to be more encouraging and not so condescending and patronizing. At least that has been my experience. I have never run across anyone who has a problem with or is surprised that I follow a specific religion. I would avoid discussions non-Christians, however. I do not like arguing and find it most upsetting. But if it's just a personal friend, yes, I'll talk religion if it comes up, and am more than happy to do so. Politics is a totally different story, however!! =)
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@sigma77 (5385)
• United States
29 Sep 07
I do not follow any certain religion. I believe in the Creator and all that is good. I will talk about my beliefs if someone asks, otherwise I keep them pretty much to myself. I will never fight about religion or the existence of God. My beliefs are my beliefs, right or wrong. Who knows anything for absolutely sure? But I am as sure as I can be in what I believe based on my own personal ideas and experiences.
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• United States
29 Sep 07
I am a Christian and therefore try to follow the words of christ and one of the things he said was Matthew 28:8. Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20. and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."
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@nannacroc (4049)
29 Sep 07
I try not to talk about religion, I don't follow one and I get fed up with people telling me I should believe what they believe. I do believe in a creator but I think religion has been too devisive and a lot of people have lost track of the fact that we are all human and all valueable and unique.
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@carmelanirel (20979)
• United States
29 Sep 07
I don't go in and try to "fight it out", or change people, but I do let them know where I stand and if they don't like it, oh well. Also, I post what I do believe, not to start something, but a seed planted can grow and that is what I do. But,if the L♥rd leads me, I will harvest..
@izathewzia (5142)
• Philippines
29 Sep 07
I just only talk my beliefs deeply to my bestfriend. To others, when it is only open up in the discussion. But I don't divulge deeply on it. Just always giving my opinion. But not to argue.