Is it proper to leave the religion of one's parents?

Kuwait
March 24, 2012 9:26pm CST
If what our parents taught us is really from the Bible,we should hold on to it. Even if we learn that their religous practices and beliefs are out of harmony with God's word,our parents deserve our respect. But what if you learned that a certain habit of your parents was harmful to health and could shorten a person's life? Would you imitate them and encourage your children to do so,or would you respectfully share with them what you learned? Similarly,knowledge of Bible truth brings responsibility. If possible,we should share with family members what we learn. We must make decisions. Do we really love God? Do we really want to obey God's son? Our doing so may require that we leave the religion of our parents to take up true worship. It certainly would not be fitting to allow our devotion to our parents to be greater than our love for God and Christ,would it? Jesus said: "He that has greater affection for father or mother than for me is not worthy of me; and he that has greater affection for son or daughter than for me is not worthy for me."-Matt.10:37
8 responses
26 Mar 12
Each one is accountable for his own deeds. Salvation is on individual basis and not as group. I totally agree with your reasoning, you reasoned logically and I know that what you all told came from the bible. The illustrations, the bible verse you used and the way you delivered your reasoning tells me something that we have in common... So, my answer to your question is a big YES IF what we found is the TRUE religion. With so many religions today, only the bible can direct us to recognize the real one from the fake ones. We only need an open eye on this.
• Kuwait
26 Mar 12
Thank you sir for appreaciating my effort. What i said was not from my own reasoning,it was indeed from the Bible. I myself have found the Religion that i think is the true religion,they based all their teachings from the Bible,they have high moral standards strictly following what they had learned. Leaving my parent's religion was no regret,it was an accomplishmen for the fact that my parents are now with me.
26 Mar 12
I know it all came from the bible and true religion based only their teachings from it. I can tell that we share the same faith.
• United States
26 Mar 12
Respect is not blind obedience. Parents can set a child's feet on a path, but it is up to each of us to decide what path to walk. After all, if no child left the religion of their parents, Yhvh would not have a follower in all the world: Abraham's parents were Pagans, and he left their religion.
@samar54 (2454)
• Egypt
27 Mar 12
"Abraham's parents were Pagans, and he left their religion." Yes ,TheMetallion , He did that - peace be upon him , but he choose to worship his creator , not things he created it , so he choose the best religion
@erielle (1280)
• United States
25 Mar 12
Personal beliefs are just that; Personal beliefs. You can not allow someone to think for you. There is nothing wrong with teaching your children what you believe in. There is everything wrong with calling it a fact. There is everything wrong with not allowing your children to find their own beliefs. Faith is belief in the unseen. We can not teach someone else to believe in something unseen. That is personal. We may show someone how we feel when we believe in this entity. However, we must tell them that no one knows for sure. It has not yet been proven. We are all still learning.
@samar54 (2454)
• Egypt
25 Mar 12
@ erielle , "We can not teach someone else to believe in something unseen". Why? what can we do with them ? make idols and tell them to worship it ? we are sure of our God and our religion , if you don,t this is your problem . good day, God guide you to him
@shadjee1 (602)
• Philippines
25 Mar 12
If you think that there is one religion that are more in your beliefs, then you can not let your parents decide for you. They should respect your decision on leaving their religion and as long as you do not argue about it or talk about it then I think it is fine.
• Kuwait
25 Mar 12
Yes,that's true. Infact anyone of us will carry our own loads. All we have to do is to respect each others belief.
@dark_joev (3039)
• United States
26 Mar 12
It is completely proper to leave ones parents if you find that it doesn't fit what you personally hold to be true.
@SinfulRose (3527)
• Davao, Philippines
25 Mar 12
There is actually no "proper" way of answering such a question...if your definition of proper is something that is defined in human terms. What I mean to say is "why can't you pursue in what you believe is true?" If you find that what you're parents' are doing is not good for their health, you can inform them about it. But it is up to them whether to heed you or not. It is their right. They can get angry or disappointed but it's your freedom to inform them of your thoughts. They also have the freedom to react. It is your right to pursue in what you believe in, your freedom. That is your right and your freedom no matter what anyone, even your parents, says.
@bird123 (10537)
• United States
25 Mar 12
All children at some point should become more than the sum of their parent's teachings. You are right. It should all be about God. That's an important point to remember especially when all religions were created by mankind regardless of what they tell you. We should lead in our search to discover God rather than blindly following others. The greatest discoveries come to those who are brave enough to venture out of their comfort zones into undiscovered country.
@whatrow (792)
• United States
25 Mar 12
You cannot allow others (including parents) to decide your personal beliefs about God. Your parents will get over any negative reaction.