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God Parents

What are God Parents?


Asked by Anonymous at 11:02 AM on Jun. 24, 2009 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • There are two different ways God Parents are defined in America. 1. People who will take over parenting of a child if the parents are in some way unable (they die, become too functionally disabled, go to prison for life, etc.) this is a legal arrangement. 2. People who agree to support the raising of the child in the faith of the parents, they are a kind of religious mentor for the child, this is a spiritual agreement often condoned by the religious institution the parents are members of.

    Answer by nysa00 at 11:37 AM on Jun. 24, 2009

  • In certain countries/cultures God Parents are the people who agree to raise the children if the parents die. In our church the God parents basically agree to make sure the children get to church even if the parents aren't doing that job. It is a back up plan of sorts.

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:36 AM on Jun. 24, 2009

  • A godparent, in many denominations of Christianity, is someone who sponsors a child's baptism.

    Answer by necro1134 at 11:36 AM on Jun. 24, 2009

  • "God parent" is not not the legal term for someone who takes over if the parent dies - that is a "guradian". Naming someone as a godparent in a religious ceremony or in a letter or just asking someone in person to be a godparen does nothing - the parents need to draw up legal guardianship papers otherwise the state gets to decide who gets the children. (Which is why parents really, really should do this!)

    Godparents are usually part of a religous ceremony where they promise to help raise the child in a particular faith or oversee the relgious education for the child. Religous mentor is a good term.

    Answer by eringobrough at 12:39 PM on Jun. 24, 2009