We have been to christenings for my dh sister and my sisters children ... It makes me feel so relieved that he made that decision. Neither are religious and it seems really hypocritical and dis-respectful to the religion to have children christened when you have no intentions of actively following a faith. My sis openly admits they have only done it to get their children into catholic school - which made me angry because I then consider we wasted our Sunday going to church.
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10-08-2012 18:35 #21Senior Member
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10-08-2012 18:40 #22
See, I don't get that, more than half of the children in DD's class at a religious school are not baptised anything. It hasn't seen them miss out on the school, so why would people do it just to get into a school when it has become less of a requirement these days?
10-08-2012 18:51 #23
Hmm.. I have discussed with my son (the other one is too little) that other people believe in (basic concept of god etc) and that i choose to believe differently. I have also told him that when he is older, if he would like to explore religion, i will help make that happen, but i wont participate, and i will accept his beliefs. He says atm its not important to him and we have left it at that.
10-08-2012 18:52 #24
Yes on 3 fronts
1- i believe in my faith.
2- When DH and I got married we promised to welcome and raise our children in our faith. Not doing that is going against our vows. I hold it to the same level as the vow to honour, cherish and love each other.
3- both our families are catholic and failing to raise our children as Catholics would cause family discord.
If our children chose to as adults to walk away from our faith or to marry outside it- I will be disappointed but will accept it.
10-08-2012 18:52 #25
We don't do infant baptisms, our kids have to learn a lot of stuff and be interviewed before they choose to be baptised.
10-08-2012 18:53 #26
10-08-2012 19:03 #27
No, I'm an atheist so there's nothing to impose on him anyway. Tbh I wasn't planning on discussing any sort of religion on him anyway so I suppose it's a non issue really.
10-08-2012 19:08 #28
My dad's an Atheist and he imposed his belief in not believing in things on us.
He was most disappointed when I was baptised.
10-08-2012 19:09 #29
I don't think there's anything wrong with teaching your children what you believe, as long as you are teaching them what others believe (or not)!
10-08-2012 19:13 #30Senior Member
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I know my life before and I know my life since my faith. We will absolutely raise our children to understand what we believe, but it has to be more than a religion. Faith has to be lived.
If I can convince my children to believe in God, then someone else can convince them not to. Faith is in the heart, and I hope to that when I am old and grey, that my children's children will know and love God.
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