Will you/would you let your children choose their own religion as they grow older?
Even if your children were raised in a particular religion or you do not agree with the religion they choose, would you let them choose their own religion without interferring?
I'm not necessarily planning on having children, but if I did, I definitely would let them choose their own religion. I'd raise them ass agnostics- not believing anything specific, but letting them know that there are several religions out there and to find one that fits them best, or not having one at all, if that's the case. I am an atheist, and one of my biggest issues with religion is that many kids don't get a choice and are raised from birth as one thing. This is setting them up for rejection and sadness if they decide to leave the religion and their families don't approve.
When people are adults, they make their own decisions. However, there is a reason that a person is born into a specific family. The best thing is to go back to the source of the religion and see if it is not what you are all about. A belief system should never be considered belonging to or coming from another person, such as your parents. There is much deeper meaning to what we believe. It's too easy to blame parents for our inability to live up to things.
I will absolutely let my children choose their own religion.
I was raised without religion but both sets of grandparents are Seventh-day Adventists so I went to church maybe once a year growing up.
I researched religions in middle school and decided to be Wiccan for a while while occasionally attending church with my friends. Now I'm sort of an agnostic/Christian who celebrates Wiccan holidays.
In a very real way, you cannot prevent your children from choosing their own religion (or moreoften, their lack of religion.) Parents can exert some influence and even some pressure, but at least in America eventually the kids make their own choice (albeit perhaps well into adulthood.)
A loving parent will take the time to explain to their child why they should choose the religion of their parents, and be willin to listen to doubts and questions.
Of course, and I should know. I reared mine with definitive religious viewpoints. Neither took to them as they grew older. My son informed me at 16 if he was old enough to choose it he was old enough not to choose it! He shoulda been a lawyer, but he moved to another planet and comes back to recharge when he wants.
But he's always told me the basics of love, justice, wisdom, power, honor and honesty came from his childhood, and he is an awesome person. Sibling simply grew up and went her own way, but agree w/him on early childhood. She stayed firmly on this planet, has taken another religion part-time, and I still love them both tremendously because they did learn to be their own persons, and good ones. I'm very proud of both of them--no matter how different or opposing religions.
Why would you not allow/let your children choose their own religion ?
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by Tonya Herald 6 years ago
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by Susannah Birch 7 years ago
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by mio cid 4 years ago
The old catholic man's explanation to those who were trying to make him change to their religion,be it Jehova's witnesses ,Muslims.,Mormons ,or whichever was simple,"If I don't even believe in my own religion which is the one and only true one,how am I going to believe in yours?
by JP Carlos 2 years ago
Should children be given the chance to choose their own faith and religion?Many are born into their faith and often do not have a chance to explore other faith and religion. Although some have changed their religious belief when they grow up, but this is a handful of people only.
by shri2424 7 years ago
Which is the Other religion that you praise , after your own religion...Is it because the other is complimentary to your religion or because it has more vast dimensions than yours own.
by Krishna 7 years ago
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