posted on Jul, 10 2012 @ 07:07 PM
My opinion on this subject follows, it was a response to a member on another forum when this topic was raised:
So coming from a family with little to no interest in religion, you settled on the dominant religion of the country you live in. While you seem to
have a firm grasp on your religion of choice, it would be readily assumed the path to your choice was relatively free of any opposition from family
friends and peers. May I ask how many Religions you studied prior to your chosen faith? If other faiths were studied, was it done with the help of the
specific clergy of each religion, and not filtered through the belief system of Christianity?
This is what I meant when I eluded to Roy’s statement of “who would change their belief system if they found a better one” That, takes real
courage and is one of the most difficult choices you can ever make in your life, if you come from a family and or a culture with a specific ingrained
People tend to follow the path of least resistance when “choosing” religion, children growing up will likely continue the religion they were
brought up in, or they will just become inactive in their faith. Some of course become agnostic, or atheist, but the very few, will actually choose a
different religious path than the one of their parents. Those that do turn away from their faith will likely face severe hardships and possible family
breakup due to their choices made. Here in America we are “free” to choose our faith, but how free are we when so much pressure from family and
even society pushes us to maintain the faith of our families and our culture?
Choice of religion, in my view should never be chosen by a Parent. The choice should be made by the child when he is able to make his or her own
If a child is raised to be a specific faith, any faith, when he or she comes of age, parents should be completely willing to accept the fact that the
child may not believe as they do. In fact they may choose a faith in complete opposition to the one they were raised in.
How dare we as parents to force a specific belief system on our children? Whether Christian, Muslim, Buddhism, Hinduism, Mormon.
How dare we as parents to ostracize our children and allow the breakup of families due to a family member choosing a differing faith.
We live in America and are “free” to choose, but we enslave ourselves in terms of religion, by the control we exert over our kids even into
When I pass on and if I find myself before a supreme being, and he or she asks me why I did not put my faith in him or her as my personal savior, this
will be my response:
Well I was raised Christian, but in my early twenties I decided to look elsewhere to be sure my faith in you from a Christian standpoint was accurate
and true. Looking closely at Christianity from the outside in, I found the history of Christianity lacking in that the foundation was easily traced
back to mythology thousands of years prior. So even though it felt good and right to worship with others of like faith, I could not continue on a path
that I found to be based on emotion and not logic and reasoning. So I spent many years looking into other faiths and Belief systems and again, I could
not find real truth in any of those faiths. I tried Lord, I really really did. In the mean time, I continued in charity work even donating my labor
and employees and materials from my business in the building of various churches who asked for assistance, I donated heavily to Habitat for Humanity,
I donated money to various other charities I felt were worthy, I never passed a homeless on the street without attempting to help in some way. I have
never stolen, been a drunkard, or cheated on my wife, not once. We raised three young men to be good people with compassion for others. I have tried
to turn away anger by calm responses. I have made many mistakes but I have tried to live a peaceful life, help others and serve as an example to
others in a positive way.
Looks like I was wrong Lord, but in the short 75 years on this planet, I did not have the time to research the hundreds of different religions to
ensure that I was following proper protocol. As I stated earlier I spent years studying other faiths, not all of course, but found them all lacking
for one reason or many.
Life happened. I had a family to raise properly, I had a life to live properly, and this takes time.
So I throw myself on your mercy, Lord, if I am chosen not worthy by the life I have led, then send me on my way. You are not deserving of the type of
man I am.
I would like to think that first, I have an open mind and second I have an analytical mind. With my interest in UFOs and the paranormal, some would
consider me to not have an analytical mind I suppose, but the evidence for something beyond us to me is pretty profound. The religious path just
doesn’t jive for me. Not that I have not tried, I spent many years searching for truth, and prior to th