(Original post by EckoGecko)
This is purely due to personal interest, I do not wish to cause offence.
I am just wondering roughly what proportion of people brought up in religious families stay religious when they are old enough to decide?
I was brought up catholic (with the influence of my devout catholic grandparent) and had my first holy communion and all that but never went any further because I am not a religious person. Me and my siblings and cousins are all the same; none of us have continued to be religious.
well, anyone else like this?
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My parents are Christian. They are Baptists. My Grandfather (Dad's Dad) is a Baptist pastor (and no, he doesn't preach hatred towards anybody.) He is a very friendly, jovial pastor who is a more love and forgiveness than fire and brimstone preacher.
My Mom's parents are Christian, but her Dad's parents were not Christian... they were agnostics. My Mom's Dad's Dad was an alcoholic and physically abused his wife and kids. Papaw (my Mom's Dad) eventually became a Christian (Baptist).
I am not a Baptist... I'm an "interdenominational Protestant" lol.
One thing of many that I appreciate about Christian beliefs is that it is ok for people to question and to become apostate or never become "born again" because Jesus did not teach to kill or hurt anybody who didn't believe in him or apostated. Rather, he just focused on what his followers believed:
I was brought up going to church most weeks, went to a CofE primary school and have been a theist for as long as I've been old enough to understand believing in God. However, I do not think that I was brought up in a religious family. Going to church was more a tradition rather than an effort to teach us about God and we went to a church school primarily because it had a good reputation in the area.
However, as I grown older, I've been increasingly interested in my faith. I don't think I was really a Christian when I was younger, because I didn't really know what it meant then, but I definitely consider myself to be Christian now. Even though growing up religion wasn't a common topic in my family, I am very thankful that it had what influence it did, however small the influence it was.
I think that at least some people who were brought up in 'religious' families were not really brought up with religion as something central to their daily lives. A lot of people call themselves Christian in England, for example, as they may have a vague belief in a 'higher power' and follow some traditions associated with Christianity, but are not really Christian or 'followers of Christ'.
I understand that... I was brought up in a Christian family, and I love Christian beliefs. I chose to be a Christian after studying for myself and after experiencing God for myself.
Peace and God bless you, and I respect your belief.
Awwh, your so niceeee.... I couldn't really imagine a life without belief in God.... Iv studied Christianity when I did GCSE RE world religions (christianity and Sikhism) and then I did A-level Ethics and Philosophy of Religion and I learnt a lot about the Christian teachings which type of Christian are you? If you don't mind me asking
My parents are believers, and I grew up going to church. Yet, I don't remember a whole lot concerning the faith while growing up. All I knew was my family and extended family. It wasn't until I personally invited Christ in, do I remember anything concerning faith. So it was then where it became personal. Before then, things concerning faith wasn't high on the list of concerns.
(Original post by Multitalented me)
But does just reading a book make it the true religion? I don't need religion to enjoy my life but I like to be open minded. I feel however that to research every religion in depth would take a lot of time out of my everyday life & even after that I'm still not guaranteed a conclusive answer
You can read Arabic cant you? Go on Google and type in miracles of Allah.
May Allah guide you to the right path bro.
my mum was a catholic (though my dad is agnostic) so i was brought up a 'catholic' (like the kind of catholicism that a lot of people are born into but you can tell like 90% of them don't actually believe in it) like going to church and getting first holy communion'd and **** and i've been to catholic schools all my life, but i've been an atheist since i was 6