Is It Wrong to Change Your Religion?

Kenya
August 12, 2009 2:24am CST
Is the religion you received at birth the right one? What if your answer is no?
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@mrakobesie (1246)
• United States
13 Aug 09
It's perfectly fine to change religion or chose not to have one, i haven't even belonged to any religion until i was 16, and at the age of 22 figured out that i don't really agree with any religion, so i'm now an atheist. i don't think it's fair for the parents to make a choice of religion for the child in the first place, everyone should be able to choose what he/she thinks is best. I've seen many people who got sent to cathlic schools by their parents and graduated from the schools atheist because they didn't agree with what they were tought in school. People should always think for themselves and do what they think is right, it's the only way people could be trully happy
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@1hopefulman (21515)
• Canada
17 Aug 09
I agree that we each must decide for ourselves the religion or road we will take. If the decision results in rewards then we will enjoy them. If the decision results in consequences then we have no one else to blame. I don't think God would want it any other way. Philippians 2:12 (New International Version) 12Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling,
• Kenya
24 Aug 09
Hi mrakobesie i agree with you. Though i want to make a request to you ro find a book entitled Mankind Search for God. Read through this book and you shall find some interesting information concerning religion.
@Pose123 (21671)
• Canada
13 Aug 09
Hi staraevp, If everyone believed that we should stay the same religion into which we were born, and respected each other, we would certainly have a more peaceful world. The fact is of course, no one should ever try to choose for another and when we become adults should be allowed to choose for ourselves without any interference. Blessings.
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• Kenya
24 Aug 09
Hi pose123, have you ever learned that religion is the root source of all major wars fought in the world? If people from everywhere in the world had only one religion that teaches that all people are equal and are brothers and sisters then wars would be thing of the past. Since most people embrasse different religions with different doctrines, others of which do not even read straight the Bible there is more than division in the human society. Therefore, i think that the right religion is one that would not advocate a brother to fight and kill a brother even if they are from different country. Thinking this way is a good way to begin changing ones attitude to accept true religion. So do you think that there is only one true religion? it is a personal question to you though.
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@Pose123 (21671)
• Canada
24 Aug 09
Hi again staraevp, I think the important thing to remember is that we are all different. There doesn't have to be one religion that is right for everyone and if everyone understood this there would be no killing and no wars just peace and goodwill for everyone. I don't believe that there is one true religion, all have their good points but also their weak points. Just as we don't all enjoy the same foods or the same line of work, so there is no one religion for everyone. We should be where we are happiest. Blessings.
• India
13 Aug 09
changing of religion is not wrong,but it must not be by force,for love or any human needs,or by not fully understanding ur own religion, religions are all same juice in different glasses,by any way u can drink it but it is the mind saying 'wow tht is the nice glass i ever seen'.
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• Kenya
24 Aug 09
What really should one think of when making a decision to change ones religion? I suppose it should be about whether or not the religion you subscribe to is fullfilling your spiritual needs or not. The big question is how do you determine whether your religion is actually fullfilling your spiritual needs? At what level is one said to be spiritually certiisfied?
• United States
12 Aug 09
the religion of your parents is not neccessarily the right religion for you religion is a personal thing and cant just be passed down if you stick to the religion you were born into simply because you were born into it then you are nothing but a sheep just following the flock
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• Kenya
24 Aug 09
In some communities religion is inherited where most people practice certain religion based on family affiliations and changing or leaving that religion is considered an abomination. This is practiced purely in african societies. However, still, most of these communities are now taking liberal stand and letting individuals choose which way to go.
@advokatku (4039)
• Indonesia
12 Aug 09
Change Religion is rights of each person because nothing who can force of person on a religion. since birth until this time, I am embraces Islam religion.
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• Kenya
24 Aug 09
Religion is a right in most countries but still in other countries freedom of worship is interfered with by the government. What determines whether one is to change their religion is i bet if the religion he/she practices fulfils his need to worship the Most High.
• India
12 Aug 09
ITS DEFINETELY WRONG, Why? because god wanted you to be born in that religion, and its your duty to complete in that religion, its like your mother, god wanted you to be born to this mother, so you get born within her, likewise, religion is always same type. Whatever be the reason, you cant change your mother, likewise dont change religion
• United States
12 Aug 09
humans are born with free will they can change their religion just like they can change their clothes they have that right to do so religion is not hereditary, you are not stuck with it
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• United States
13 Aug 09
What about those of us who are adopted? I have a different mother. The only mother I have ever known is NOT the woman who gave birth to me. I think that we choose our religion just as we choose who our mothers are. I am right where I should be...I just got here by a different route than most people.
@1hopefulman (21515)
• Canada
13 Aug 09
It is not wrong to change one's religion if we come to understand tha the religion we are in is not the right one. Let's say we are born into a religion where murder is acceptable and through reason we come to believe that murder is wrong then I do not see any wrongness in changing religion. I would see it as the right thing to do, as I could not want to be part of that religion anymore. In the Bible we have an example of someone changing religion, the apostle Paul. When he saw the wrongness of his religion of birth, he changed and accepted Christianity. I would do the same!
• Kenya
24 Aug 09
i agree with you totally and happy to read the example you've quoted of apostle paul changing his religion from Judaism to Christianity. This is a good point and is needed to be noted by mylotters. the same most jews who embrassed christianity after Jesus' resurrection actually changed their religion hence it is noteworthy though that personal decisions are important as quoted in acts 17:,1,2,3. By thoroughly examining the scriptures daily and finding out whether what you believe in is so according to the scriptures.
@1hopefulman (21515)
• Canada
7 Sep 09
Thank you for the best response award!
• United States
13 Aug 09
In my opinion, there is no "right" religion. I mean, seriously...How can there be so many religions with only ONE being right? In one way or another, we all worship the "Creator". Religion is an intimate, personal choice. Just because my parents practice one religion, doesn't mean that I have to follow them. We each have to find our own paths in life. God wants us to make our own choice to follow Him.
• Kenya
24 Aug 09
i guess you need to take some time and examine the truth about the need to worship. Worship is the most profound thing in the life of mankind. The need to worship and to be worshiped is the cause of formation of religious groupings. So as a matter of fact there is true religion unless you do not practice any faith.
• United States
30 Aug 09
I did not say that there is no such thing as true religion. I simply said that it is okay to change your religion because it is a personal choice as to what religion one wants to follow. I was raised in a church that thought if you did not belong to that particular church, you were in the wrong. I do not believe that. I left that church and have since then found my church family. They believe the same things about the Bible and God. They do not hold it against someone who is different. That is the only thing that is different in the two churches. One is all loving, and one is hypocritical. But it was ultimately my choice to leave and find my own path with God.
• United States
18 Aug 09
Religion is a personal choice.Your parents chose their religion and want their children to follow it but if you don't feel like it is for you,then you have the right to change religions or even not to have a religion at all.You should respect your parents, I mean when you say you are converting you shouldn't demean their beliefs ,just say their religion isn't for you.Let's face it,if you stay with a religion Just to please your parents, you aren't really a believer,You aren't connected like you should be,so wouldn't it be a waste of time?
@bird123 (10430)
• United States
15 Aug 09
Listen to the advice of others but WALK YOUR OWN PATH!! Isn't a child supposed to become more than that which was taught to them by parents????
@TravisE (454)
• United States
14 Aug 09
You can't change your religion. Any religion you choose to follow, which may change many times throughout your life, is always your religion.
@jlamela (4909)
• Philippines
14 Aug 09
I am very devoted to my Catholic faith and declared my loyalty since the day I know how to make sign of the cross. I have deep trust in my faith and truly believes on it, no doubts and no hesitation, so I never dreamed-not even in my wildest dream-to switch or change religion. For as long as I lived up to my last breath I will remain faithful and loyal to my Catholic religion. Catholic religion is everything I want in my life and nothing more. But for other people who plan to switch religion, make sure first that you have a very specific reason why you change. Salvation is not confined to one religion, it is deep within, it depends on us how we are able to save, so if you are hopping in to one religion from another in order to be saved, you are going to court disaster, for salvation is depend in ourselves and religion is merely to guide us and help us reconcile with God.
• United States
13 Aug 09
I do believe that the religion my family taught me is the right one. If it were not and I found truth in another, I hope I would have the courage to make the change. I must say, though, that I'm convinced that what I believe - that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God - is the truth.
@GADHISUNU (2164)
• India
13 Aug 09
One cannot say it is wrong to change one's religion.[B] It would only be unnecessary.[/B] All paths lead to the same God. Often, people change religion because of some perceived gain, or because they never understood the religion of their birth, or worse still misunderstood it. Any religion and every religion is just one convenient way the people in one contiguous area (in good old days) found to relate to "something beyond their wildest imagination" which was called as God. They wanted to relate to this "Super-ordinate Being" as a solace and as an answer to the inexplicable cares of the world.I believe that the choice of my birth and path was made by God, because I believe in the wisdom of The One.
@syankee525 (6296)
• United States
13 Aug 09
i dont think so, if you're not what you think from your's then find another you think is better then i think it's ok to switch. my son changed his and to me it's not a big deal really because he's still worshipping god