Do you or have you ever been ostrasized, mocked or made fun of by your own family for your faith?
On a few very rare occasions. And mainly because of a misunderstanding, not an attack or anything. Most of my family believes in God, even those who don't claim to be Christians.
No I haven't. Majority of my family also believes God exist.
Not really for my faith. I think my family sometimes gets concerned about me because I go to a non-denominational church now (Northpoint Community Church) rather than a Baptist church like I was raised in. But I don't really worry about it. My allegiance isn't to a denomination or organization. I go to that church because I like what they teach. It makes sense to me.
I think people in the church become much too concerned about denominations and differences. We should be standing together facing the same direction rather than staring down each other. That's a good way to get blindsided by our true enemy. That's my perspective.
I don't think this is limited to Christians. You can be anyone with any belief system and have this happen to you.
Nope. Not at all, they believe what they believe and I believe what I believe.
My family is a bit leary of my faith. They wonder when I will go back to my old ways. When they comment on how good I am doing etc...my response, as it should be, is...Praise the Lord!
Thanks for your replies. Most of my family believes in God but I've appently "gone too far" in their eyes by being so serious about church. I guess I should live a carnal life and just go to a quiet church and let God have me for one day out of the week. ....Just kidding, but that's how alot of people feel. You can believe in God but don't bring up the name of Jesus too much or you will be labeled crazy or a freak. Shortly before I got born again, filled with the Holy Spirit, God told me, "It's all or none." , so I'm in it, all the way or not at all. I'm living my life unashamed for Jesus!. Amen.
Keep on flowing with the Lord,,,. Sold out for Jesus is the only way to go!!!
We need more radical believers..... that is what the day of Pentecost was all about... getting folks radical and making them unashamed of the gospel to the degree that they were able to evangelize thousands in a very short period of time.. Hallelujah!
I never experienced being ostracized, mocked or being made fun of, but I did experience my maternal grandmother's concern that I was sliding into oblivion.
I try to come to my faith with humility. I don't always accomplish that, but it's a work in progress.
My grandmother was the wife of a Southern Baptist minister and I was finding answers in the Bible I wasn't supposed to see.
My answers (my interpretations) keep changing when I am humble. And I feel I am getting closer to our Lord.
Jesus stated, who is my family, my brother, my sister, my mother? Except those that are doing the will of my Father who sent me. (paraphrased here) can find this passage in the gospels.
Because Jesus was persecuted, we too will be persecuted. though we need to remember that our fight is not with flesh and blood, it is not carnal, but rather a spiritual one. The more reason to saturate all things in prayer. It is only in the name of Christ that all advarsaries are stopped. Keep your eyes on JESUS and you can't go wrong.
Amen. I know it's to be expected but when you get it from your own family it's hard.
It is hard... I know, but it is a trial of your faith... what do you do when you are persecured? Do you retreat into yourself and sulk? Are you brought to bitterness and intense anger? How do you defend yourself and or the faith? Do you feel self-righteous? Do you try and prove that you are right?
All of these areas and others, must be worked out in your soul. The Word of God must become real in you so that your reactions reflect that reality. Once this is accomplished by the Holy Ghost, you will be a more confident and pliable believer.... you will then be ready for the Lord to use you in new and exciting ways and..... your light will be much, much brighter
Be strong and of a good courage... for the Lord thy God is with you always....
Oh yeah. Two of my sisters have decided to not have religion in their lives at all as far as I can tell. They make side remarks and jokes about me from time to time. "Just kidding" of course. It makes me sad and mad, but I don't say anything. I never attack them for some of the choices they've made that I don't agree with. Oh well. People on here mock people for their beliefs all day long. To each his own. That's how I feel about it.
Oh man have I ever. My mom was cruel,vicious and spiteful because she wanted me to do something against Christian morals. We still have not reconcilled after two years.
Mt sister in law say snide cruel things about my faith. Well I haven't spoken to her in two years.
My niece will not talk with me if I even mention Jesus
I am a member of a Church in another country and am so much happier being with them than I have ever been with my family
You really have "gone through" with family... I praise God that your church family has filled the void and I pray that your blood family will be touched by the hand of Jesus and reconcile with you ...
Be Blessed In Jesus Name!
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