Why are you in your religion?

Canada
August 3, 2009 2:35pm CST
There are lots of different view points of religion, and I will certainly not talk about it here, but have you ever wondered why you are part of some particular religion? Like, for me, I am brought up to my religion because my parents are in it, so as their child it is most likely, you will become one of the religion's followers, because the majority of things pass through our genes and traditions. If you are in a specific religion, were you in it because your parents helped you joined it, or were you in the religion because it was your own choice that you felt benefited you the most?
11 responses
@indahfth (11173)
• Indonesia
4 Aug 09
I choose my religion now this is my own choice. me and my parents have a different religion. parents, gave me the freedom to choose religion.
@adhyz82 (36289)
• Indonesia
5 Aug 09
congratz with u my sister, mrs indah. i think you had choose the right way. we have to sure that we choose the right choice even no insult the other faith. right?
• Philippines
4 Aug 09
I was born to a Catholic family. That left me no choice but to be baptized under the same religion. I really don't have any problem with it since we still have our freedom to choose if we would like to stick to it or convert to another religion.
• India
4 Aug 09
I was born a hindu and will die a hindu(guess i have no choice there). sometimes I think about my religion and its cultures and other things and i say it out loud to everyone "IS THAT NECESSARY?". But then they say "ITS ALL IN OUR CULTURE. OUR FORE-FATHERS HAVE DONE AND SO SHALL WE". Then I say "IF THEY HAVE DONE IT, THERE MUST BE A REASON TO THAT(dont ask what. there are many things we should perform during festivals and blah blah blah...). DO YOU KNOW THE REASON?". They just keep quiet. But then my curious minds wanders and finally come to a conclusion that there is a reason behind it. For example, In the villages in India, they use COW DUNG(thats right!!)and water to clean the front walkway(or whatever u call it). then I found out that clean cow dung(by this I mean the crap that comes out of the cow which only eats grass and some other natural thing :-) ) is helpful in keeping the germs away. there are alot lot lot of other such stuff in hindu religion that actually have a meaning that has been lost. So I'm proud of being a hindu(But then, I should'nt eat meat for three months a year). Anyways I love my religion(maybe not some of the people). This is my 3rd post so....if i have posted too much....plzzzz dont kill me!!!:-)
@ckyera (17261)
• Philippines
4 Aug 09
hello there! i was born in my religion and i am an offered member...my parents raise me up here and teach me the basics about our religion and they even send me to sunday children's worship...which i believe makes a lot for me... but when i am on my right age, i am given a chance to choose whether or not i want to continue in this religion...i decided to receive the doctrines, attend bible studies and have faith...now, i don't have any regrets that i am in this religion and i have a firm belief in this religion and i am thankful to my parents that they brought me up this way... i am happy to be part of this religion i am in and i want to die in this religion...
• India
4 Aug 09
I am in my religion Hinduism coz I am born into it. Hinduism requires no specific initiation, its just the way I have grown up and knowing the various nuances of this religion.
@daliaj (5689)
• India
4 Aug 09
This is a very interesting question. I am in this religion because my parents are in this religion. Also, my grand parents follow this religion. I have taught about this religion even from my childhood and I used to attend religion classes which strengthened my beief. More than all that, I strongly believe that the one I belive is the real god with my wole mind and heart.
@yelrihs (301)
• Australia
4 Aug 09
i was in a religion because i had to, it was society pressure, but now im in a free country and i am free of any religion. i am quite comfortable without one one, but im pretty open, so one day when i found the one that interest me, i will come back and answer your question :D
@speakeasy (4215)
• United States
3 Aug 09
I was raised to be a Baptist; but, I no longer am. A lot of that is because even though my parents insisted that my sisters and I attend church every Sunday and other special occasions; my parents never attended church themselves (unless we were in a church play and then only my mother attended). My grandparents also never attended church. We did not say "grace" or bedtime prayers. So, my religous training was that you had to go to church when you were a child; but, once you became an adult religion was no longer necessary. Of course, there was also the fact that I was intelligent and saw and questioned all the flaws and contradictions in the Bible; and I saw the hypocracy of the church members between what the "believed" and how they actually behaved. What I was left with was a strong code of ethics and no "religion". But, at least I am not a hypocrit; and, I am at peace with myself and my place in the world.
• United States
3 Aug 09
I was brought a baptist and that was because all of my family grew up in the south and alot of the churches were baptist churches and under the southern baptist convention. I grew up and went to college in another city, still same state and got to venture out with my faith. I go to go where I wanted to go. I enjoyed the diffrent aspects of learning about other religions but when all was said and done. I didn't disown the baptist side of it, but I dont put myself in anyone category.
@dookuman (97)
• United States
3 Aug 09
Well, the religion I was originally in I was brought up in it by my parents. Now I am in a different religion because I actually put some thought into what I believe and researched extensively. I find it quite sad that most people are indoctrinated into a religion as a child, when they have no say whatsoever in whether they want to or not.
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
3 Aug 09
I was born into my religion. Yes, there are some things that I question about it, but I've also realized that within our religion there is a great support system. I've passed the religion onto my husband (who converted before our marriage) and also to our two kids. Though we don't attend services as often as we should, we still are trying to bring up our children with the columns of our faith.