Do you mind having family members with a diferent religion?

Philippines
April 27, 2010 10:25am CST
I heard my aunts talking about my cousins who have a different religion and they said they are against it coz a family should be united in religion. I have a different stand on it though. I value every person's freedom to choose what he thinks is good and that includes being in the religion that he believes in. I don't mind having family members with different religion coz I believe that we worship the same God.
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@phoenix8606 (4978)
28 Apr 10
hell0! well, having parents or some other family members from other religions is actually not bad, at least for me, because that way a person can learn about all the things in the one and the other, and that's the way how he/she can decide which religion to choose, because as some parents do, they don't christen their childs, don't give them a religion and let them choose it by themselves, so that they can choose the one that it better for them! And that's why I guess having family members from different religions is really cool- you can always see how for example the members who are Christians maybe celebrate their holidays, how they pray and what they do to ask forgivness from God, and then you can just go and see what the others do, who are for an example Budists. SO that's why I think it would be really nice if all the kids have some family members in their homes, who have different religions so that they can decide which one to choose, but sometimes it can also be very dangerous because kids can irritate between the both religions and can become something like fanatics or something like that, and it won't be very nice. Maybe if there are some family members having different religions kids should not be allowed to spend much time with them while they are praing!
• Philippines
28 Apr 10
It is always cool to learn some new stuff from both sides. At least you dont have to be there to learn coz you have some family members telling you about it. As to the kids, I have friends whose parents are from different churches and they said they were allowed to go to both churches alternately. When they grew older, they then given the freedom to choose.
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28 Apr 10
yeah, this is exactly what I amtalking about!
• Philippines
27 Apr 10
i don't mind but old folks do. so if we, next generation in the family decided we wanted to be converted to some other religion or sect, it will be a lifetime debate and conflict with our parents. no one in our family is non-roman catholic but if there will be in the future, even reunions would have issues since we hold them every christmas.
• Philippines
27 Apr 10
It's good to hear that you have a solid religion. Only a few families exist to have a single religion nowadays. It is true that reunion will become an issue if the family members will have different religion. Here in our country, reunions are usually done in Christmas. I heard some people do not want it but it can be justified by saying it is vacation time so it's the best time to gather. Thanks for the reply:)
• Philippines
29 Apr 10
o yeah! i realized that after getting a job (no sembreaks, no summer vacation). but i had a job before with no holidays, had to work even on Christmas and New Year's eve. sucks but good pay (double your regular rate plus night differential, life can't get any better, hahahah... more so with overtime). no prob. nice topic.
• United States
5 May 10
I am proud to say I have a very diverse family when it comes to religions. My grandparents and my parents are Christians (Methodist), I have an aunt who is Buddist, an Uncle who is roman Catholic, cousins who are agnostic, and my stepfather's half sister is Jewish. I personally am not a religious person. I believe that there is a higher power, but that's as far as it goes. I think not being a religious person has helped me be so open minded when it comes to religions. I don't think there is just one "right" way to worship, all that matters is that you HAVE faith and your faith make you happy.
• Philippines
7 May 10
I agree with what you said kaylakilltastic. Happy mylotting:)
• Philippines
4 May 10
I don't mind at all as long as what you are in is not a cult or contradict to the teaching of God which is based in the Bible.
• Philippines
7 May 10
hehehe. You have a point. Happy mylotting :)
@bestboy19 (5482)
• United States
1 May 10
I would probably, with the help of the rest of the family, try to change their way of thinking, but it wouldn't stop me from loving them, and I would certainly pray for them. What I would not do is try to force my beliefs on them.
• Philippines
2 May 10
That's a nice idea bestboy. Thanks for the response and happy mylotting:)
• Philippines
1 May 10
yeah! i do really mind it..i want in a family where i belong i want it to have one faith it is very hard to live with them having different faith. But i could not help myself but more patience because i couldn't bring to the faith that i have, to the religion that believed and i always asked guidance to our Lord Jesus Christ to help me, to save my family from their being innocent.
• Philippines
2 May 10
Yeah it is always good to ask guidance from God. Happy mylotting:)
@airakumar (1556)
• India
30 Apr 10
Personally, I don't mind having family members with a different religion. I always believe in humanity and a person with good heart. An interfaith marriage is a union in which the two spouses follow different religious traditions. This can take many forms. It's actually very common to be a couple with a background set on a different belief system. Despite this, it's important to remember that marriage is. Ultimately the choice to be in a mixed religion marriage comes down to how you can respect each others choices. If that is possible, most likely the relationship can flourish. Before entering in a marriage, it is best to discuss the important aspects of each of your religious beliefs. After all, while religion makes up an important part of many marriages, great communication and mutual respect make up a huge part of it too.
• Philippines
1 May 10
You said it all. I agree with all that you said. Happy mylotting:)
• India
30 Apr 10
In our culture marriage is between guys and gals of same religion, so all in my family are from same religion.. Thanks, God bless you. cheers Happy posting. Prof
• Philippines
1 May 10
I also have friends who believes the same. Happy posting too:)
• United States
29 Apr 10
I do not mind having family members with different religious beliefs or of a different race from me. I also believe we all worship the same God. It was man who gave God different names, formed different types of religions according to how and what they wanted to believe and worship. God never said how many different religious sects should be formed...this was all man's big idea!
• Philippines
1 May 10
Yeah you are definitely right! God never said how many religions to form as long as we worship Him, everything's fine. Happy mylotting:)
@jlamela (4909)
• Philippines
29 Apr 10
I find it very uncomfortable to have a different religion within the family because in Catholic faith we have so many traditions and solemnities being observed which are not revered by other groups, I would not want to create friction or misunderstanding about faith so it is better to have same religion. Luckily for me, none of our family members are non-Catholic.
• Philippines
1 May 10
That is great. I agree that misunderstandings about faith can de avoided if you all have the same religion. Happy mylotting:)
@piya84 (2591)
• India
28 Apr 10
Hiii merlibradley well i dont mind people of different religion in my family but they should be enough open minded about it.You know there some people who try to force others in to what they believe and they keep doing it till we agree with them.Such a people become continuous source of annoyance. Also there are some faiths which teach exactly opposite things and thus if people are close minded that can be a reason of clashes.These all things depends upon how much open minded all family members are.
• Philippines
28 Apr 10
People forcing others to believe in what they believe is really a headache. If the othe rfamily members are open-minded enough to understand this one person who thinks differently, there will be peace in the family. Thanks for the response and happy mylotting:)
@cmang83 (286)
• Malaysia
28 Apr 10
I don't mind to have family members or relative that different religiion. I think the most important is we have to respect to each other and off course the religion must genuine and encourage people to do the right and good thing. No matter how, family members will still our family members forever.
• Philippines
28 Apr 10
Respect is very important. I believe that even if some family members have a different choice, we ought to understand them coz they are always be our family. Thanks for the response and happy mylotting:)
@angelajoy (1840)
• Philippines
28 Apr 10
I agree with you. I'd hate it if someone would force me to believe in his or her religion if I don't want to. If they do that to their own family, what more do they do to those who are not their family? I'd hate to meet people like that, discriminating others because of their shallow minds.
• Philippines
28 Apr 10
It really hurts to be discriminated just because of what you believe in. Thanks for the response and happy mylotting:)
@Ravenladyj (22992)
• United States
28 Apr 10
no I dont mind at all....and it just makes sense..Even though we are from the same family the bottomline to me personally is that we are still all very different ppl so its only natural and logical for our religious or spiritual paths to be different ya know...
• Philippines
28 Apr 10
Yeah true. Every person is unique. We can't expect everyone to dwell in one choice. Thanks for the response and happy mylotting:)
@ada8may21 (2419)
• Philippines
28 Apr 10
I dont mind if there is a family members who have different religion. I guess we are all entitled to our own view in life. We are the one take charge of our own life, its not responsible to anyone that surrounds us not even our very own parents. I'll respect to whatever and which ever religion she/he would like to join to.
• Philippines
28 Apr 10
You said it well... all we need is respect so we understand each one's choices. Happy mylotting:)
@bestylish (923)
• Philippines
28 Apr 10
Actually my mother has a different religion. My father and my brothers including me have the same religion except my mother. But it's not something to be a cause of a conflict. As long as we believe in God and pray to him, there's nothing wrong with it. God wouldn't want us to fight because of him. We respect our mom's religion and we don't mind if she isn't the same religion as ours. Happy mylotting!
• Philippines
28 Apr 10
I can see the deep respect in your family. Two thumbs up for a great family that you have. Happy mylotting:)
@reckon21 (3487)
• Philippines
28 Apr 10
Thankfully it never happen to my family. We are always been catholic by birth and that is also my parents and siblings religion ever since. It will be difficult if some of my siblings will go to other church and we will always have debate in the house on which religion is the best. And I don't want to depend my religion against their religion. But if my sister or brother will someday choose another religion then I will try to talk them out of it because it would be difficult. But if they insist and they are happy with their decision then there is nothing I can do but accept it.
• Philippines
28 Apr 10
Personally I also dont want to debate with family about my religion. It's such a stress to do so. Thanks for the reply. Happy mylotting:)
@jimmysun (401)
• China
28 Apr 10
me too...i dont mind having family members with different religion, cuz choose what kind of religion is their freedom, as long as not harmful to our home and /or our contry...
• Philippines
28 Apr 10
Definitely. If the person of different religion doesn't do anything bad to anyone, then there is no reason to mind his choice. Thanks for the response and happy mylotting:)
@ronaldinu (12454)
• Malta
28 Apr 10
Hi merlibradley, I believe that religion should be a personal choice and not imposed by society or family. Loving God and adhering to a church/organisation should be a personal choice. There were times where the King used to decide to which religion his country should adhere to. I think that this thing is such of the past and religious freedom should prevail.
• Philippines
28 Apr 10
Yeah you are right ronaldinu. History tells us that leaders before imposed a certain on their people. Things have changed over the years and people realized that there are a lot of more important stuff than following the "Kings" decisions. Nowadays most people have the freedom to believe in what he thinks is right and this includes deciding on one's religion. When I think of the things which happened in the past, I feel glad that I live in the time which we call "now". Things would be a lot different and difficult in the past.
@libramie (563)
• Philippines
28 Apr 10
No. I don't mind having family members with a different religion because we have a freedom to choose of. As long as we respect to each other, no bother happens no gap so the relationship of the family runs smoothly.
• Philippines
28 Apr 10
Yes what is really important is to have a good relationship in the family. Thanks for the post. Enjoy mylotting:)