I posted a question last night and asked if it really matters what religion someone is raised in as long as they are happy and healthy...
Now I ask, to those of you that said yes, it does matter... If a child is unhappy or in a religious situation that is unhealthy, should that parent contine to make those disitions? At what point is it okay for a child to say, This isn't my path? And if your child decided that they didn't want to follow it, how would you react. would you allow them to find their own path or decide that they need to stay on the path you have chosen regardless of their feelings?
Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 9:53 AM on May. 10, 2009
Answer by stvmen88 at 9:55 AM on May. 10, 2009
I just want to add... ( mostly because of stvmen88 talking about being forced) I was not forced to be in my parents religion. They led by example and our lives were surrounded by Christianity. And I never felt forced. My parents raised us immersed in Christianity. We read the Bible, went 'soul winning' , watched only select TV, even went to Christian school and home schooled so to be entirely living in Christ. I have to say, as far as raising a Christian family, my mom was the best I have ever met and probably ever will meet. I never resented how I was raised and never will but I also never felt it was right. I always was happy to do what I was told was right and never 'rebelled' and the fact that I am not Christian now is not 'rebellious in of itself. No matter how you raise your kids, their true spiritual path will emerge.
Answer by hannahwill at 10:11 AM on May. 10, 2009
Answer by Anonymous at 10:16 AM on May. 10, 2009
Also to add, I hid all of my doubts and suppressed them as a teen because I knew my parents would never understand. And I also truly had internal pain because I had no body nonChristian to talk to and realize that I wasn't filled with the 'devil' and wrong for doubting things. I think it is dangerous not to allow spiritual openness because it really can hurt lives.
Sorry Sabrina, that you had to go through that. I accept my path because I know I would never raise my daughter the way I was and I would rather her have a better life because I learned from mine IYKWIM :)
Answer by hannahwill at 10:20 AM on May. 10, 2009
Answer by IzzeAddy at 10:29 AM on May. 10, 2009
Answer by sammiesmom2000 at 10:51 AM on May. 10, 2009
Answer by IhartU at 11:04 AM on May. 10, 2009
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Answer by dottieanna29 at 2:57 PM on May. 10, 2009