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Do You Have Many Friends With Different Beliefs Than Yourself?

I have good friends that are Jewish, Christian, Catholic, LDS, Wiccan, Agnostic, and JW. I'm a Buddhist. We can have very in-depth discussion about different religions and beliefs, and it's never uncomfortable or rude. When I was having a very difficult pregnancy, some of my Christian friends even added me to their prayer circle and even though I don't believe, I appreciated them doing as their religion calls them to do, pray. I have lost some "friendships" along the way due to religious differences, but generally speaking it's not a big deal to any of us what the others believe.

Do you have the same experience with your friends? Are you able to have these types of discussions?

 
Scuba

Asked by Scuba at 11:15 AM on Jan. 19, 2011 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • yes. my sister in law is atheist, and i'm Christian. we're able to get along just fine, we just never really speak about our religious beliefs. i dont criticize her for not believing and vice versa. thats why i dont understand all the animosity here about religion. people dont walk around with their beliefs on their forehead, so if you dont know what they believe in, or have an open mind to other beliefs, you can get along with a person just fine. its when people get pig-headed and all knowing that the drama begins.
    tnm786

    Answer by tnm786 at 11:23 AM on Jan. 19, 2011

  • Most of them
    NotPanicking

    Answer by NotPanicking at 11:22 AM on Jan. 19, 2011

  • I consider myself a Buddhist too. Most of my friends are Christians. We don't talk about it but respect eachothers beliefs.
    Aquarius80

    Answer by Aquarius80 at 11:19 AM on Jan. 19, 2011

  • I live in Los Angeles, so I would really limit myself if I didn't have friends with different beliefs from my own. It's sad that people can't respect and accept each others beliefs. I've met some amazing people, whom I admire, and have learned a great deal from that have very different beliefs.
    ohwrite

    Answer by ohwrite at 11:33 AM on Jan. 19, 2011

  • Not so many IRL, just because where I live (Bible Belt) there aren't many to be found. But online I have many friends of different faiths, and deeply enjoy our discussions about matters of faith and spirituality. :)
    bandgeek521

    Answer by bandgeek521 at 12:17 PM on Jan. 19, 2011

  • Most of my friends are Christian. I'm athiest/agnostic. The discussion doesn't come up. You can't win around here not being Christian.
    thatgirl70

    Answer by thatgirl70 at 11:22 AM on Jan. 19, 2011

  • I often find it easier to relate to people outside my own religious circle! Sad but true. Of course there are always those who just cannot agree to disagree and maintain a friendship, but I truly enjoy my friends who can! I enjoy taking part in their celebrations and traditions and I love having them celebrate with me too! I would be bored out of my gourd if I only knew people of one faith, tradition, culture, etc.
    misses_nick

    Answer by misses_nick at 11:26 AM on Jan. 19, 2011

  • Almost all of them!

    We do talk about it but we respect each other and don't try to convince each other that we are right or wrong.
    Charis76

    Answer by Charis76 at 11:26 AM on Jan. 19, 2011

  • Almost all of my friends have different beliefs than me, or if they believe the same they are as quiet about it as I am. It's not something that we typically discuss.
    Groovyflor1

    Answer by Groovyflor1 at 11:38 AM on Jan. 19, 2011

  • I think I have one friend with the same beliefs (atheist) the rest are a variety of beliefs.
    KristiS11384

    Answer by KristiS11384 at 1:10 PM on Jan. 19, 2011