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    How influenced are your religious beliefs by those around you?

    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?

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    Re: How influenced are your religious beliefs by those around you?

    perhaps m y morfar h e influence me.

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    Re: How influenced are your religious beliefs by those around you?

    Everyone who chose the second option is lying. We are all influenced by others in all of our beliefs, even if the influence is not immediately evident.

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    Re: How influenced are your religious beliefs by those around you?

    It depends on what you mean by "influence". Do you mean do the beliefs of others change your own beliefs or do you mean do the beliefs of others impact, positively or negatively, your life? The answer to the first is no, the answer to the second is clearly yes.
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    Re: How influenced are your religious beliefs by those around you?

    Statistically speaking, you will probably be the same religion as your parents a majority of the time. If everyone in your community shares the same religion the odds get even higher. Religion is spread almost exclusively from person to person interaction, with a small percentage from those who read holy books or maybe televangelism. No two people ever discovered the same god independently, so the teachings have to come from somewhere.

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    Re: How influenced are your religious beliefs by those around you?

    No influence at all.


    Quote Originally Posted by Dav View Post
    Everyone who chose the second option is lying. We are all influenced by others in all of our beliefs, even if the influence is not immediately evident.
    Over time, adults are able to reevaluate the values that they have been exposed to as children. If some people don't, either due to weakness or lack of interest - that's their business.

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    Re: How influenced are your religious beliefs by those around you?

    Quote Originally Posted by Baralis View Post
    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?
    If anything the religious beliefs of those around me influenced me in the opposite direction, being raised Roman Catholic, and going to Catholic school led me to become an atheist.

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    Re: How influenced are your religious beliefs by those around you?

    Not at all.
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    Had you been born elsewhere or at a different time you may very well have chosen a different belief system.
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    It a person has faith they dont need to convince another of it, and when a non believer is not interested in listening to the word of the lord, " you shake the dust from your sandels and move on"

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    Re: How influenced are your religious beliefs by those around you?

    I make my own religious decisions and believe what I want to without the influence of others.

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