This is a sort of spin off I guess (but the title was already too long). What I am wondering is will you make your children conform to your religious beliefs? Growing up I was raised to think I was a catholic but we by no means lived a catholic life. I attended a catholic primary school etc, however religion was never really discussed at home. As an adult I have chosen a different religion for myself which I accept fully.
On the otherhand I have friends who were raised very strictly religious. They were made to go to church even if they didn't want to as they became teenagers etc and really grew to resent their religion and their parents for that matter.
I guess my plan is to expose my children to all different religions and instill acceptance of other religions and then let them choose what works for them..
So what are your plans?
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10-08-2012 17:20 #1
Will you impose your religious beliefs on your children?
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10-08-2012 17:23 #2Senior Member
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I'm a seventh day Adventist and am raising ds the same. We discuss other religions...at the moment he loves coming to church but if / when he doesn't I won't force him. Spirituality in my opinion must come from the heart, it's pointless if it's practiced only because your forced..
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10-08-2012 17:29 #3
I have never forced my beliefs onto DS1 (others are too young). But he is a very literal thinking kid and has naturally followed my beliefs as an atheist.
10-08-2012 17:31 #4
No, I won't. My husband would like the kids to go to catholic school, but it's never going to happen!
10-08-2012 17:31 #5
We 'live' our religion. So as a result our kids will too until a point where they may choose otherwise.
I would obviously hope they make the same choices as we do, but their choices are theirs and we can only teach them how to make choices.
10-08-2012 17:32 #6
I am an atheist and to be perfectly honest, I would be disappointed if DD decided to be part of an organised religion. But I wouldn't try to stop her (unless it was some crazy cult that I thought was harmful to her).
10-08-2012 17:33 #7
We teach them what we believe because we believe it to be truth. However, I don't think you can force someone to believe something. Faith isn't faith unless it is your own. They know about alot of the different beliefs that are out there and we are definitely open to all questions . Nothing they choose to believe would ever change the way we see them.
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10-08-2012 17:37 #10
I won't force my kids but I will teach them what I believe.
If they decide they don't believe then so be it I won't make them do anything.
But right now I believe it's my job to teach my kids about God.
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