Do You Have Different Beliefs from Friends and Family?

  • folie a dru.

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    I'm a Christian and the guy I'm seeing is an Atheist. We respect each other's beliefs.
    February 7th, 2011 at 05:51am
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    We don't really discuss our beliefs, however she won't let me baptise our child which concerns me.
    February 7th, 2011 at 06:09am
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    Most churches make the child choose to be baptized. Infants are christened.
    February 7th, 2011 at 06:15am
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    ^ I was baptised when I was a baby. Think
    February 7th, 2011 at 06:50am
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    ^ I was baptised when I was a baby. Think
    A lot of churches won't do it. Maybe yours is different. Baptism is supposed to be a symbolism of acceptance of the Holy Spirit and a baby can't vocalize acceptance so they tend to christen instead.
    February 7th, 2011 at 06:53am
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    Dirty Byrd:
    ^ I was baptised when I was a baby. Think
    But were you confirmed when you were a teenager too?
    February 7th, 2011 at 11:02am
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    Mr W. H.:
    But were you confirmed when you were a teenager too?
    I was confirmed when I was six. I don't think I was massively enlightened about my religious faith at that age so I still resent it tbh. Had someone asked me when I was a teenager, I would have been a good deal more informed about it, so I kind of wish that had been the case, but I guess it doesn't matter now anyway.
    February 7th, 2011 at 06:33pm
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    Matt Smith:
    I was confirmed when I was six. I don't think I was massively enlightened about my religious faith at that age so I still resent it tbh. Had someone asked me when I was a teenager, I would have been a good deal more informed about it, so I kind of wish that had been the case, but I guess it doesn't matter now anyway.
    Oh, I only asked the question like that because all the Catholics I know were confirmed when they were teenagers because they had to go to Sunday school/confirmation class and learn a good bit of the catechism and the common prayers by heart before they were allowed to do it. I suppose it's a cultural difference.
    February 7th, 2011 at 07:02pm
  • folie a dru.

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    Or a religious difference. My church only did Baptism, no confirmations.
    My mom's church only did christening and Baptism.
    February 7th, 2011 at 07:04pm
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    sometimes dru hurts.:
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    Or a religious difference. My church only did Baptism, no confirmations.
    My mom's church only did christening and Baptism.
    It's very probable that your church does baptism and confirmation at the same time so they don't seem like two different sacraments - the Orthodox Church does that. Confirmation is basically just publicly announcing your belief in God.
    February 7th, 2011 at 07:10pm
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    Mr W. H.:
    It's very probable that your church does baptism and confirmation at the same time so they don't seem like two different sacraments - the Orthodox Church does that. Confirmation is basically just publicly announcing your belief in God.
    We call that a testimonial. A Baptism at my church was simply going out to the lake and getting dunked under water and then the minister said something. I'm not sure exactly what. I'm not baptized.
    February 7th, 2011 at 07:13pm
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    dru is by your side.:
    We call that a testimonial. A Baptism at my church was simply going out to the lake and getting dunked under water and then the minister said something. I'm not sure exactly what. I'm not baptized.
    I love churches that actually dunk you under water when they baptize you. Catholic churches often just sprinkles you with water.
    February 7th, 2011 at 08:57pm
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    ^ I know I'm not really ~qualified to say but I do really love that symbolism and the kinda reference to John the Baptist. I appreciate that...for some reason, idk.
    February 7th, 2011 at 09:00pm
  • Samantha Michelle

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    I believe there is a God and a heaven but I do not believe in a Devil and Hell. I don't think God would condemn his children that way. Maybe if they have done something so horrible, the punishment is fit. & I don't feel really left out. I mean my Aunt is really religious but I can't sit there and talk about just God for a few hours. It does not hold my interest. I do accept him as my savior though ")
    March 8th, 2011 at 01:35pm
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    My beliefs are quite different from my family's for sure. I've researched and read about different beliefs since I was 12. Since then I have developed my own mindset of beliefs. I still believe in the Christian God (I was born and baptized Protestant Anglican), but I also believe in reincarnation, types of divination, and occult things. I prefer my own kind of syncretism, it's my way of blending together and balancing most of the beliefs in the world. I also hold a personal belief in astrology and numerology.

    My mother is Roman Catholic and my father is Protestant Anglican, both Christians. My family is somewhat conservative. I am against anti-homosexuality and I am a bisexual/demisexual. Yes, indeed, my beliefs are different from my family and some of my friends. I'm glad and I feel as if I have found my own truth.
    March 15th, 2011 at 05:55am
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    Samantha Michelle:
    I believe there is a God and a heaven but I do not believe in a Devil and Hell. I don't think God would condemn his children that way. Maybe if they have done something so horrible, the punishment is fit. & I don't feel really left out. I mean my Aunt is really religious but I can't sit there and talk about just God for a few hours. It does not hold my interest. I do accept him as my savior though ")
    You should go see the movie, 'The Rite.'

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    My family is very religious, I do read The Bible but only for my knowledge and understanding. I don't think I'll ever really believe in it.
    March 16th, 2011 at 04:58pm
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    I definitely have a different set of beliefs from my family, and even most of my friends. My parents were raised as Catholics, but converted to being Lutherans, and my sister is one as well (a Lutheran, that is). My mom's side of the family is very Catholic (especially my abuelita), whereas my dad's side of the family are various types of Christians, but are Christians nonetheless.

    I don't believe in organized religion. I respect every single one, I just don't believe that I need to be a part of a congregation to be told what to believe in, or that I need to read written word to know what I believe in.

    I believe in, not "God", but a higher being. I believe in people and free will, in our ability to love and to hate, and to create and to destroy. I believe that what you do in life will determine your fate after you die--but in more dramatic terms, not little wrong-doings that aren't truly evil (in other words, leading a very negative/evil/"bad" lifestyle in contrast to "if you sin/don't do this/do this little thing, you'll be damned"). I believe in an afterlife, but not Heaven or Hell or any specific paradise, but one that we'll only truly find after we die.
    April 7th, 2011 at 03:34am
  • InspirasiGirl

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    oh hell dru.:
    A lot of churches won't do it. Maybe yours is different. Baptism is supposed to be a symbolism of acceptance of the Holy Spirit and a baby can't vocalize acceptance so they tend to christen instead.
    Alot of churches baptises infant now these days. At least where I'm from they do.
    April 8th, 2011 at 03:59pm
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    InspirasiGirl:
    Alot of churches baptises infant now these days. At least where I'm from they do.
    Are they actual baptisms or more like dedications, though?
    April 9th, 2011 at 03:06am
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    Although I'm still a Catholic, I'm feeling a little iffy on organized religion. I know it's all a matter of faith and how you were raised, but I don't believe that there's just one "right" religion. I believe that there is a God, but he might be nothing like the God we've learned about. Who's to say he's strictly only the Christian God, or the Islamic Allah? I don't believe anyone has it "right".

    I'm not sure, but does anyone believe in the Bible Stories?
    I've always been iffy on the stories, like the story of Adam and Eve. I don't really believe everything as it was relayed in the bible. I think the story of the forbidden fruit and temptation is suppose to be the reason for why society is the way it is. I just don't think God would create the tree of knowledge, if he didn't want anyone to eat from it?
    April 10th, 2011 at 11:28pm