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Raised in your religion, or converted?

Discussion in 'Interfaith Discussion' started by dyanaprajna2011, Mar 30, 2014.

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  1. Born into

    10 vote(s)
    24.4%
  2. Converted

    31 vote(s)
    75.6%
  1. dyanaprajna2011

    dyanaprajna2011 Dharmapala

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    A quick little poll to see how many of us at RF were born into our religion, or converted.
     
  2. Vouthon

    Vouthon In varietate concordia
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    I was brought up in the Catholic Faith
     
  3. JayaBholenath

    JayaBholenath Local demon

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    Raised up in a agnostic family, they tried to get me interested to Christianity because of tradition, but I made my choice and definitely settled from agnostic to Hindu.
     
  4. Quintessence

    Quintessence Tale Weaver
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    I don't think either of those options describes my history particularly well. :shrug:

    I left the religion I was introduced to as a child too early for me to really say I was "raised" in it. I'd always been building my own religion - my own answers to the big questions - and I continued doing that after I left. It was only many years later that I became aware of religious options that already described what I'd been doing. As such, I wouldn't really say I "converted" either. It was more of an "oh, so that's what I'm called. Cool?"
     
  5. nazz

    nazz Doubting Thomas

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    Not sure "converted" is the right word but yeah, not born into it.
     
  6. Breathe

    Breathe Hostis humani generis

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    I wasn't born into my beliefs. I was raised irreligiously.
     
  7. 4consideration

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    Tough call. I think the answer is neither.

    I think I've been on my own path for my whole life. Part of it began under a specific religion, and I think it was some of those teachings of that religion (that I should follow truth as I understand it to be) that lead me to honor and follow what I believed to be so -- which also resulted in me leaving that church. That's my way of "following God's guidance". I used to refer to myself as "Catholic", and now I just don't see the point in a label, or going through the motions of certain things I think are unnecessary.

    I don't experience it now as a slamming the door on that part of my past, or rejecting it as part of new and completely different approach -- just simply having that religion as a foundation, and then continuing on down the road of life -- and when I look back, occasionally agreeing and occasionally disagreeing with what I remember, or what I see happening there now.

    I don't expect some other religion to have "the answers" to the certain questions that really only come from within.
     
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  8. Tarheeler

    Tarheeler Argumentative Curmudgeon
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    Convert here; a year or so of study with a rabbi which culminated in a hatafat dam brit (mock circumcision), appearance before a beit din (rabbinical court), and immersion in a mikvah (ritual bath).
     
  9. Levite

    Levite Higher and Higher

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    Raised Jewish and still Jewish. Though I was raised Orthodox, then spent some time not practicing and considering myself agnostic, came back to Jewish practice, but ended up Conservative.
     
  10. Amechania

    Amechania Daimona of the Helpless

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    My upbringing was steeped in a mist of misotheism, which I transmuted to a fog of agnosticism by sheer power of the will.
     
  11. jay86k

    jay86k New Member

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    I'm not sure about the two options. I think I could say both or neither. I was raised Christian and still am, but I have switched denominations. My beliefs are also different from either of my parents.
     
  12. illykitty

    illykitty RF's pet cat

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    My parents aren't religious. I was baptised out of tradition - because it's a "nice" ritual.

    I wasn't really exposed to religion growing up, only a little bit through school. We had a system were you could chose what to learn every few months after getting a report card. I had secular moral class but was curious once and chose Catechism, it didn't last long at all... When it came to chose again I took morals. Then in my teens I started my own research.

    So after all this, I'm theistic, although I still have to figure out my path, it's likely to be Paganism. I'm not sure that the choices reflect what's happened. Although baptised my parents are not Catholic and you don't tend to convert into Paganism. :shrug:
     
  13. Aupmanyav

    Aupmanyav Be your own guru

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    Born Hindu. No need to change. Hinduism accommodates my atheism.
     
  14. George-ananda

    George-ananda Advaita Vedanta, Theosophy, Spiritualism
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    I'm the only Hindu I know in real life...
     
  15. arthra

    arthra Baha'i

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    Alright... well I was raised in the Baptist Church (American Baptist) and later in life became Baha'i.:)
     
  16. StarryNightshade

    StarryNightshade Aspiring Progressive Orthodox Jew
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    I was raised Baptist, but I guess "converted" to Unitarian Universaliam?
     
  17. RabbiO

    RabbiO הרב יונה בן זכריה

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    I was going to be a dwarf, but I outgrew it.

    More seriously, born a Jew still a Jew.
     
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  18. Jainarayan

    Jainarayan ॐ नमो भगवते वासुदेवाय
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    I think evolution is a better description for me, rather than converted. The only time I converted was from the Roman Catholic Church to the Eastern Orthodox Church. After that it has been a journey and evolution to what I am now (whatever the heck that is :D).
     
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  19. Infinitum

    Infinitum Possessed Bookworm
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    Jainarayan says it well. I didn't convert, but definitely outgrew the religion I was raised in. My beliefs evolved with new experiences and have now stayed more or less stable for many years. I'm looking forward to the next step in the evolution.
     
  20. Sees

    Sees Dragonslayer

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    I picked converted even though a lot of the old ways/traditions are taught naturally and subconsciously while being officially raised part of a "revealed" religious tradition. Things are organic and built into your heart, mind, soul, culture, family customs, etc. Who you were the whole time.
     
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