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Saturday, April 6, 2013

I Am The Only Catholic In the Family


I posted this on PEX a week ago, and to my surprise, it created a buzz in the whole Realm of Thought world. Which is why I am posting it here now. Let me know your thoughts. :D

I was baptized and grew up Catholic -- Going to church on Sundays, fasting during lent, etc. Basically, my family practice what normal Catholic does.

Until I went to Manila to work and while I was at the city, I found out that my family change religion. My mom and my sisters are now born again Christians. I really have no problem with it however every time I go home to the province it feels weird going to church (which used to be a family thing) alone.

I really don't want to get converted, however my Mom started introducing me to their church by having bible studies at home when I am there, she also introduced me to their pastor, and sometimes she quotes the bible when we have dinner.

Anyone else in the same boat?

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  1. First, to answer your question: we're not in the same boat simply because I have no boat :)

    Here's my two cents. It does seem to me that you're into religion because of your family. That, I think, is how things go in this country, particularly matters concerning religion. You need not be surprised if you switch fences at the end of the day. A persistent mother is the best salesperson in the world I tell you.

    In the end, it's up to you. Like what they say, "whatever floats your boat."

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    1. So true, Splice. I just dont understand because the foundation of my faith was taught by my mother when we go to church together then. And just now, I was preparing for church when I saw her also preparing to go to a different church. It is really weird.

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  2. I was born catholic too, but introduced to this kind of faith through my sister. And then afterwards God suddenly became so alive in me. I understand your family coz Ive been in there.
    Actually, it is not the religion, but a personal relationship with God that should be change.
    Anyway, it is not the religion that will bring us to heaven. It is through Jesus christ and surrendering our lives to him.

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  3. well nagborn again christian din ako actually naging youth leader pa ko nun, hmm pero ayun ngabalik catholic na ko naun
    well sa tingin ko naman ee wala sa uri yan nasa pananampalataya

    and after all ang diyos ay wala sa simbahan, nasa puso natin

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    1. Mecoy, why did you become a born again christian before? And why did you go back to becoming a catholic?

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  4. we are not the same boat but sa opinion ko lang naman ito, i dont think ur family can force u to change ur religion however, u both believe the same God naman, that all matters. kung ano yong stand mo, then go for it, after all nga, its just the same God nga. remember, everything is a choice. =)

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    1. Hi Lalah, I know naman that they will never be able to force me. Im all grown up and convincing me to doing something will be more difficult. However, if that time comes, and I know I have to choose, its either I will make my mom very happy or I will break her heart :)

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  5. hmmmnnn... you don't need to choose... follow your heart... your mom would understand whatever decision you'll come up with... kung ano ang mas makakabuti sa inyo bilang tao... pero mas masaya nga kung pare-pareho...

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    1. Diba?? Ang weird lang talaga ng set up friend. :D

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  6. It's a bit awkward at first but I guess you'll get used to it. Having a family member who changed religion isn't a problem after all. It doesn't mean naman na because they've had their backlash in the Catholic faith would also mean you're going with the flow.

    If you are confident with your faith, you must stand with it. There is a lot more to discover in the Catholic faith that an average believer know. Ako lagi kong sinasabi sa sarili ko na "Why would I change my religion? I haven't dig deeper into it pa nga tapos magpapalit na ako. I should act responsibly by discovering more about my faith.

    I was born Catholic and by all means I will stick to it and defend it against critics. Afterall, if you're a Christian who sees only the fault of other religious denominations, then you're a fake one. Because no matter how different our ways of believing in God- the bottom line is- There is only one God. We just have to RESPECT each other's faith. Bad mouthing or saying things against others would just qualify you as a Christian by dogma and not by deeds.

    Just RESPECT them. And if you feel that you can't be swayed by whatever ways they would employ, just tell them honestly with a loving heart.

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  7. Hello Daddy Jay, I respect their religion naman. I can get use to the weird feelings. but I know I will be fine. :D

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  8. why dont you try. I've also just started going to born again church.

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    1. What makes you start going to a born again church? :D

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  9. yung family ko, born again christian, I was once a born again christian :) now i'm loving my religion. pero xempre, it's just a religion. ang importante ay may same faith kayo with God

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    1. yeah, we just go to different churches pero we all believe in something. I think it is a good thing, isn't it?

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  10. For me po its not about the religion eh. kahit ano ang religion mo kung di ka talaga naniniwala na may God its useless. Dito na siguro pumapasok yung respect sa choice mo na religion kasi ikaw ang nananampalataya sa God na kinikilala mo hindi po sila, ang maganda dito eh may pinaniniwalaan ka na God kesa sa you dont have any religion kasi you dont believe in God.. pov ko lang po ehehehehe.

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    1. Hello Rix, thanks for your opinion. I appreciate it.

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  11. I was raised a Catholic. Upon college, I met Christian friends. Yes, they introduced their views to me. But what amazed me was that they did not verbally pressure me to change religion. Yes, Catholicism and Born Again Christians have different ocular perspectives but I think it all boils down to you, borrowing concepts from each of these religions and then utilizing them for your own spiritual growth. Now, my friends have accepted that I'm not gonna get converted-as of the moment, at least, I have not thought about it. Basta. Faith in God is what matters in the end. :)

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    1. Hello Rei, say what, back in college I also have friends who invite me to their churches just to listen and join the "parties" they are celebrating. They never forced me as well, I guess that is their thing. I have this aunt and the moment you stepped in their church, i've heard that they will baptized you right away. Weird, aint it?

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  12. Dropping by again to thank you for the visit and by the way, why not join my ongoing contest " Letter to God" where you can write want you want to ask, tell or anything in your heart to God. It can be a poem or just a plain letter. Maybe you win:)

    Like I said before, it is not the religion. It is our faith to God that counts.

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    1. seen. Will definitely work on it. :D

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  13. Were in the same boat!
    I was born Jehovah's witness, and I married a very devoted catholic man.
    Sometimes he asked me to go in church with him and i dont pray like they do, i dont sing their songs,
    Instead I am singing praying in my own ways.
    I know its hard but iniisip ko nlng ang importante ay ang nasa puso ko.

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  14. remain Catholic. Maybe, you can join Catholic groups that have Bible studies too. When I was in Manila, I was with a group called Lingkod ng Panginoon. It was part of an umbrella called Ang Ligaya ng Panginoon. Maybe, you can check the group out if you are interested. :-)

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