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How to Follow a Religion Without Your Parents' Approval
Every person should be able to follow their own spiritual path. Religious beliefs differ according to needs and feelings. At times, even family members, who have been attending the same place of worship might inwardly feel that this place of worship is just not giving them spiritual comfort. To explain this to parents, might be difficult but possible. To get them to understand, may take some explaining, but once you are sure that this move is what you want and need, explain it to your parents.
Attend services to check your comfort level there.Speak to the leaders or clergy. Read the newsletters. Learn what this new religious choice is all about.
Make sure, that in your heart you have the need to follow and change from the religion your parents follow, to this other religion.Be sure you fully understand the religious beliefs.
If you are certain, then at dinner one evening, when you are alone with your parents, talk to them.Explain your feelings, and express your thoughts. You might find them surprised, or they might have had an inkling that you were seeking other religious guidance.
Explain that you have done research, that you have attended Services, that you have spoken to the religious leader, and that you gain comfort with these beliefs.
Tell them, that you have attended their place of worship with them since you were young, but now that you are older, you have other thoughts and feelings that need to be addressed.
Express to them that even though you're following another faith, the morality and guidance they have given throughout your life is still very important to you.You aren't disowning them; you're just trying to find your place in the world.
QuestionI am being forced to be a Muslim against my will and I want to become Catholic. I am too embarassed to tell my parents. What should I do?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerAlways follow your heart. It will never lead you astray. You have to do what's right for you, even if your parents don't agree.Thanks!
QuestionAre there any rules or regulations?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerReligion is a private thing between a person and his/her god. Unless outward signs are required, no one should needs to know about your religion unless you tell.Thanks!
QuestionHow do I start eating Kosher and celebrating Jewish holidays without letting my parents find out? They don't know I want to convert to Messianic Judaism yet, but I still want to practice the religion.wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerTry to celebrate the holidays when your parents aren't around. If you can, help make breakfasts, lunches, and dinners, so there's always something Kosher you can eat. And remember, if your parents do find out, you have every right to practice whatever religion you want, regardless of how your parents feel about your choice.Thanks!
- Don't join a religion just to rebel, only join if you truly feel that it is the right one for you.
- Be patient. Your parents probably have followed their religion all of their life. It is not easy for them to accept that you wish to change yours.
- Use the advice "by their fruits you shall know them" when considering a new religion. Do the people express the joy & love you aspire to? Feeling comfortable with a group is important, but can be trap if it just reinforces where you are and doesn't help you go higher.
- Show them how happy you are, invite them to attend services with you. Introduce them to some of the new friends you have made.
- Bring home the newsletter, and let them read about the activities.
- Make sure your parents know this is something you are doing for yourself; you still respect their beliefs and you aren't trying to convert them.
- Remember, your religion is a very deep part of you and should be your choice. Your parents might be intolerant of this, but hopefully they will grow to respect your choice in time.
- Make sure your parents see you being an involved, caring person--with your new community or otherwise. That way you'll come across as more balanced and responsible.
- Be careful you are not becoming involved in a cult.
- Your parents might never agree to accept your new religion. They might threaten to disown you. Be prepared for this, and decide if belonging and believing differently is worth it.
- Being deceitful by sneaking to a place of worship without a parent's knowledge is not the right way to start anything. It precludes their ability to respect you as an adult, or your religious decision. It also precludes any openness on their part to hearing about the religion.
- Obviously, children should never lie about where they are to their parents.
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