There are some people in my family who wont talk to me because I have decided

United States
January 16, 2011 8:22pm CST
There are some people in my family who wont talk to me because I feel that I don't want to go to a Church that doesn't reach out to others.. but only preaches about it..
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@knicnax (2234)
• Philippines
17 Jan 11
That's so sad. Family is supposed to support each other no matter what. Maybe the reason they are avoiding you is because they think they will be able to persuade you to go to that church. Try explaining your side, though I doubt that they would listen. Your parent's might even shout at you for trying. Some people are too attached to their religion that they think that it's the only appropriate and right religion.
• United States
17 Jan 11
FOr me.. I prefer now not to discuss it.. I cannot believe that God would wish to only be held to one hour once a week..GOd is everywhere and wants us to carry Him to every person at every opportunity. He wants our praise every day and every moment in what we do and in what we say .. and in what we think.
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@knicnax (2234)
• Philippines
17 Jan 11
I agree with you. I believe that religion is just something to put an order into things, but you can praise God in whatever way you want. When we die, God lets us enter Heaven because of what we did, not because of which religion we belonged to
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• United States
18 Jan 11
amen to that; i believe that wholely and truly.
@luanakent (795)
• Brazil
17 Jan 11
the fact that you dont want to go to chuch should not make your relatives to not speak with you. They are wrong because what Jesus said about evangelization is :" that is not by force.." But let's try to understand why they are acting like this? In the firt place is because they love you.. and it is because they dont have not much knowledge. But relax , they are gaining knowledge, they will realize the error. Giong to church is great, it's a real therapy and the more one goes the more they learns about the word of God, The more we see that we dont know anything... and the more we try to learn about it, our faith encreases. The bible says that faith comes from practice in reading and hearing the word of God.. and this is true. You know what they should do?? Pray for you, inviting but respecting your choice. They give up a little and maybe you will realize that once in a while you accompany your mother to church by kindness, it will not hurt this much.. I hope there is peace in your home. Sometimes, harmon y is only a matter of not being radical.
• United States
17 Jan 11
I believe in Jesus and the Bible and in the Mother of God but I don't believe in Hypocrisy.. there is too much to say.. If we are christians..when our sister or brother is in need we should reach out to them.. Those who have done this is not people of my faith but of another.. I will always love Jesus and all the saings and angels and God and the Blessed Mother.. But I think that Jesus spoke so much of love.. and then said go and do so ..
• Brazil
27 Jan 11
I understand. To please GOD just take care to learn what God expects of us and loving the peoples. To love is not necessary to be in the church.. but it is good to be learning. Not all people who live beneath the vestry, has true love for God's word. and not all people who do not attend church are skeptical od divine love. This is a very personal and i believethe intention of your family is good..so if you can,be patient. When she invite you is because she believes it would be good for you. Despiste being the righ thing in the wrong way , she believes to be help you You're a smart woman and you'll knows to take it lightly be cool.
• Mexico
17 Jan 11
Hi little franciscan: I understand your point of view. We sometimes experimented these episodes, so my advice would be- try to focus on your spiritual area and go to a church that makes you feel complete on this spiritual area. I think that you are right and I respect your point of view. Your family members should understand that you need to feel comfortable with your beleifs so you must be convinced of the religious things you do. ALVARO
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• United States
18 Jan 11
Thank you for your very wise words and accurate response. I am a very religious person but realize that religion and faith .. has to go beyond mere lip-service.
• India
17 Jan 11
Let me first tell you that I have a great respect for your decision. Everyone has a principle in his or her life. You're a practical person. You believe that mere preaching or chanting is not going to help. You believe in reaching out for all those who need help. This is a very pragmatic approach. I have seen people who speaks of great intentions and lofty ideals. But then when they see a see distressed child in the street, they try their best to avoid them. This is quite paradoxical. The presence of divinity in your soul is reflected by your kindness. If you are spreading love and warmth that way, you are actually serving God. Let me tell you that, I am very proud of you and this only increases my respect and admiration for you even more.
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• United States
18 Jan 11
THank you so much : This is how I believe .. that action is a testimoney of what we believe.. Too many speak of love but when it comes to time extend it to someone there are a million and one excuses why cannot. Love of God is only found in the one who loves his/her neighbor.. cannot love God without loving you neighbor..thank you.
@Thoroughrob (11771)
• United States
17 Jan 11
I think it is up to each person. They can believe in god and not go to church. I left the one we went to because of all the fighting that went on.
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• United States
17 Jan 11
There is lots of things going on right now in many churches.. and I really don't like how some things are swept under the rug that are really huge things and other things are not that are really small things.. so I will cling to the old rugged Cross till the storms of this life passes by
• United States
17 Jan 11
that's really too bad. Family shouldn't give up on eachother. Hopefully you can work things out.
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• United States
17 Jan 11
Well not all my family but those who feel there is only one way to Heaven .. ony the Catholic Church or you will go to HeJJ then .. no I don't believe that way anymore.. the love of Christ has been shown to me by people who don't even know me. .Where as where i gave myself for 11 plus years ..never taking a penny and cleaning every Saturday and providing music every Sunday Not one person come to my home to see.. if I needed help. I "was" like the poor man beat up and left by the road many passed by .. the ones who stopped by ..were not even those who were of my faith. I embrace their way.. they love with real love!