How influenced are your religious beliefs or in the way you express those beliefs by those around you?
I have known people that have seemed to be very influenced by thier spouses. I have known two women in particular that were married to very devout christian men who practiced christianity faithfully (or perhaps only appeared to). In both cases their husbands died before them. Afterward they seemed to completely stop practicing their christianity.
Were they only playing the part to make thier husbands happy? Were they afraid of not being accepted by their husbands and his christian friends? Or do you think that thier lose made them question there faith?
After noticing this I begain to look at my own past relationships and how I might have influenced others, one stands out. A woman and I lived together for 7 years. During this time she never once went to church or practiced any religion. After our breakup she began almost immediately attending church regularly. It made me wonder if somehow she had the desire to attend church for all those years but did not because I would not.
So back to the question. Do you think the people around us influence our beliefs or the way we practice those beliefs?