Are you practicing your faith?

Do you practice your faith? - Faith
@heatspine (1141)
Philippines
April 3, 2007 6:31pm CST
While most of us are born with a faith passed unto us by our parents, it is still up to us if we continue to practice it. Do you practice your faith? or are you guilty of letting go and follow your own rule?
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@mamasan34 (6522)
• United States
3 Apr 07
I unfortunately have not been practicing my faith like I should. I have kind of fallen off the wagon on that. I mean I live as I should, but I just havent' been to church in some time.
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@heatspine (1141)
• Philippines
4 Apr 07
Hi mamasan. Sometimes we need to have our personal space and hibernate. Maybe you are in that cycle right now and as long you still that inner longing within you ... then you'll be back in no time.
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@judyt00 (3505)
• Canada
3 Apr 07
Why do you try to make it sound like a crime to not believe in some god? What is there to be guilty about if you simply choose to do things the way you want instead of following some church's rules. Its not like any of those rules are actually in your bible, they are just made up by some preacher so he can control what you do, and try to control what you think.
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@Beertjie (978)
• South Africa
3 Apr 07
I believe the discussion is just a simple question, not a discussion whether the things are in the Bible or not. I am also a preacher and I am not trying to control anyone or what thy think. I do not want people to believe what I day but rather go home and read the Bible to see if what I said is true or not. A belief system or faith is not about rules, it is about what you believe and how you practice your faith. if a faith is only do's and dont's then there is something missing. Don't atack the Bible or any group of people, atack those who offended you.
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@heatspine (1141)
• Philippines
10 Apr 07
Hi judyt00. I'd like to clarify that I'm not engaging anyone for a debate on belief on God or religion. Much more, to contradict the teaching of the preachers. Thanks for the reply though.
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@Beertjie (978)
• South Africa
3 Apr 07
You have a good point here. We have a saying that says "If you grew up in a garage, it does not mean that you are a car." I grew up in a Christian home but that did not make me a Christian. I had to dicide for myself whether I would be a Christian or not. I have made y dicision and now I am living it fullout.
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@heatspine (1141)
• Philippines
10 Apr 07
Thanks for the good analogy beertjie. I guess at some point we ourselves as adults will decide on what we would like to believe in.
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@emeraldisle (13160)
• United States
4 Apr 07
I do not practice the faith that was taught to me by my parents. I went down my own path. I am very spiritual and I have a lot of faith. I could practice it more I suppose but in my own opinion ritual alone does not make the faith. It's what is in the heart that matters not what one does for display.
• United States
4 Apr 07
I do practice my faith, I am very spiritual... however I am not religious at all. I don't like organized religions and find them to be a waste of my own time. I don't look down on anyone else for having those beliefs and following a certain religion, I'm just saying its not for me. I have the basics: I am a good person (or try to be all the time), I believe in God and a higher power, I believe that there is more to our lives on earth than living. That being said, I think that religion has gotten in the way of great thinking and awesome minds. If you are religious, then good for you! I wish I could be, but being a history buff I cannot see the purpose of religion. People have been killed at gunpoint, with swords and spears, ever since we can look back. No religion is worth killing for... I'm sorry. So practicing my faith... absolutely. I often sit to myself and pray, contemplate my existence. But my parents' faith and religion is their own, and mine are my own.
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@aprilgrl (4460)
• United States
4 Apr 07
Yes, I practice my faith.
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@susieq223 (3742)
• United States
3 Apr 07
I don't think we should practice our parents' faith, I think we should build on it. I have been trying to grow in my faith for 60+ years and am still not where I want to be.
• United States
3 Apr 07
Faith is Belief. Yes I have faith that Jesus the Christ our Heavenly Creator is real. I beleive He and I communicate. Do you? I have His Spirit in me guiding, teaching, comforting, and above all showing me things that others can not fathom. So Yes I practice my faith!
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@lecanis (16741)
• Murfreesboro, Tennessee
3 Apr 07
I practice a faith that was taught to me by someone in my family, but it's not the faith of my parents. I am very devout, personally, but I don't often practice my faith with others, which is something that I feel bad about sometimes. I suppose I'm not really "passing on" what knowledge was passed to me as much as I should be. However, since I have a child now, I'm sure I will more in the future. I know a lot of people that are happier in a faith they chose for themselves than in the one their parents had, and I don't see what's wrong with that.
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@Beertjie (978)
• South Africa
3 Apr 07
There is a saying;"If you rew up in a garage, it doesn't mean you are a car." I grew up in a Christian home but that does not automatically make me a Christian. I still had to dicide for myself whether I want to be a Christian or not. I made my dicision and I am living it fullout. I believe if a person dicide for himself, then he would be more active in what he believe.
@Beertjie (978)
• South Africa
3 Apr 07
Oops, I did something wrong and I thaught my first response did not go through so I did it again. Sorry for duplication.