Did you choose your religion or were you born into it?

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  1. Roger Rabbit profile image60
    Roger Rabbitposted 13 years ago

    Did you choose your religion or were you born into it?

  2. PAPA-BEAR profile image60
    PAPA-BEARposted 13 years ago

    I am a Jehovahs Witness, we are not born into it, yes taught it as children, if you grow up in such a household. It is a choice that comes when the individual is ready to, not a passage of birth through your parents.

  3. mdlawyer profile image44
    mdlawyerposted 13 years ago

    I did not or do not choose any religion.   But I am born into one and have not discarded it either.

  4. Mr. Happy profile image70
    Mr. Happyposted 13 years ago

    It was shoved down my throat at an age when I could not defend myself. Years later, I shed my religious beliefs and now I just listen to the Spirit(s).

  5. FreeThoughtist profile image60
    FreeThoughtistposted 13 years ago

    Well I was born into a home where my mother was Roman Catholic and my father an atheist. They divorced and I later moved in with my mother for other reasons.
    So to answer the somewhat loaded question [ wink ] I'm not attributed to the same religion that I was brought up in, no. But I'm also not any other religion either!
    Btw great way to call attention to that we're born into a certain family by accident, as we all are, and that it shouldn't run your life just for an 'accident of birth' (as Richard Dawkins puts it).
    Keep 'em comin'.

  6. aka-dj profile image65
    aka-djposted 13 years ago

    I was not born into religion. I was born into a family, that (very) loosely tagged itself Catholic.
    I left when I received Jesus Christ as my personal Savior. which, of course is not religion. But, most people don't see that. This was at a time when I was already an adult, so I did have a choice in the matter.

  7. profile image0
    mikeq107posted 13 years ago

    I was born into the Catholic religion in Ireland and I`m sorry to say all it did was produce an unhealty fear of God. It was a religion run by men using fear and control...Occasionaly I would come across a Priest who really loved God..but most of them were like trapped animals in a controled invoirment...very sad

    Today I have no time for man made religions with their rules and control as stalin once said "Religion is the opium of the people"

    All it has done is drive people futher apart by putting up man made walls.....

    I know have a very personal realtionship with my creator that is deeply rooted in daily conversation with him alone and his holyspirit that is so full of life and passion and such strong unconditional love that I sought for years in the various religions of the world but failed to find.

    Man was made purley to have real live passionate fellowship with his creator and religion has killed that life...

    So yes I was born into it...chose to leave it and found real Life in Jesus and the holy spirit with out the help of  man made religion...

    Ps if I treated my Wife the way religion treated its followers We would end up in the divorce court.

    mIKE :0)

    Great Question Thanks for asking

  8. Elizabeth99 profile image60
    Elizabeth99posted 13 years ago

    I was born into a Catholic family and went to private Catholic school even Catholic high school. I am not Catholic, at one point I was because I saw that everyone around me was believing it, but as I grew older it started to dawn on me that I don't believe it. My family goes on with theirs as I don't have one. I am open to all faiths and do not turn anyone down because of what they believe. But I don't have a faith.

  9. duffsmom profile image60
    duffsmomposted 13 years ago

    I am Lutheran, and no I was not born into, nor did I have any familiarity with it as a child.

  10. Vishaaa profile image73
    Vishaaaposted 13 years ago

    I'm born in to.. I didn't choose it. Even if i'm given a chance, i'd not choose anyother..

  11. Lady MJ profile image81
    Lady MJposted 13 years ago

    My parents are atheist and I have always searched for God. I found him, but not a religion. I'm very happy with that.
    http://hubpages.com/hub/Is-Every-Person … -Religious

  12. zzron profile image56
    zzronposted 13 years ago


    Most people may have been brought up with what their parents taught them as I did but growing older many like myself pick and choose what they want to believe. In my case, Christianity has always seem to me to make the most since. But that's just my opinion.

  13. Dexter Yarbrough profile image70
    Dexter Yarbroughposted 13 years ago

    I was born into it and accepted it as a child. However, I do not allow it to shape my thinking and my world as an adult.

    Religion is used to divide and conquer. True faith believes, accepts and simply exists.

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    Sunnie Dayposted 13 years ago

    I was born into a family who practiced the Christian faith. It is all I have know in 50 years.

  15. moonfairy profile image74
    moonfairyposted 13 years ago

    I was born into a religion but have chosen a different path since then. When my son was born I chose to let him discover his own beliefs....I believe it's better that way.

  16. Lisa HW profile image60
    Lisa HWposted 13 years ago

    My mother was Protestant, and my father was Catholic; so the two of them decided between them (since it was a bigger problem for my father's religion than for my mother's if someone raised their children in another faith) that my siblings and I would be raised Catholic.

    So, I was born into it, I guess; and I grew out of it, as well as growing out of a lot of the other things of my childhood.

    The Catholic Church was never really able to convince me of much of anything, though; because, to a six-year-old who knows how good and kind her Protestant relatives are (and who knows "there's also such a thing as Jewish people", a guy who stands there in satin robes and a hat and who says, "Anyone who isn't Catholic is going to Hell," doesn't come across as if he knows what he's talking about when it comes the God that's supposed to be the same God for all people.

    For anyone who may be wondering if I then adopted my mother's religion - nope.  As far as I was concerned, while I had my axes to grind with the Catholic Church, at least it mostly emphasized "God", with only some reference to Jesus.  Protestant religions struck me as forgetting "God" and focusing only on Jesus - who discussion for another day (and one I won't be having here or any time - ever  LOL ).

  17. lburmaster profile image72
    lburmasterposted 13 years ago

    No one is born into a religion. Being dipped in water does nothing and hasn't done anything for years. Dripping water over a baby or being dunked in water is symbolism. Cutting off the tip of a male childs penis is not religious, it is for his safety later.
    You can grow up being surrounded in a religion by your family and friends, however that does not mean you were born into the religion. Just that it was all around you.
    Religion is a choice you make in your life based on your beliefs, morals, and values.

  18. Instigator profile image59
    Instigatorposted 13 years ago

    The LDS religion has been apart of my life for as far back as I can remember. It wasn't until I hit the age of 14 did I start questioning their teachings and by the time I hit 16 I dropped it all together. I started searching for answers to the questions of "Whats our purpose?" and "Where did we come from?" through other methods and teachings besides organized religion and the bible itself.

  19. chasemillis profile image69
    chasemillisposted 13 years ago

    definately born into it, but now that I have researched it and learned it for myself, I see nothing wrong or contradictory with it

  20. Roger Rabbit profile image60
    Roger Rabbitposted 13 years ago

    @iburmaster "baptism hasn't done anything for years", that gave me a good laugh. Sweetheart it never did anything, ever.

  21. BritaniaD profile image61
    BritaniaDposted 13 years ago

    My mother and father had two different religions, so growing up we got pieces of both.  To appease my paternal grandmother, I was asked to take part in her religion a bit more, even though we weren't religious.  Luckily, my parents are very open to all religions, beliefs and thoughts, so I was later on able to consider myself agnostic and still take part in our family traditions.

  22. Darrell Roberts profile image71
    Darrell Robertsposted 12 years ago

    I chose the spiritual path that I am endeavoring to walk.  I spent over 20 years of trying to find the truth and getting to know God.  I was born into Christian Science and I appreciate all the good lessons that I have learned as part of that organization.  My soul just needed more so I went in search and I joined a few different groups of people and I learned from them as well. 

    One day I was given the book the Path to Perfection written by His Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, he is the founder of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness.  I knew then I had to check it out.  I was pleased with the organization and the people.  I believe as they do, though some things are hard to believe.  My heart wants to beileve because it makes me happy. 

    The teaching are indeed ancient stemming 5200 years ago.  All my major questions have been answered and I am at peace with the spiritual practice.

    I wish you well.


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