If your adult child is very religious, but not your own religion, how would you feel about that?

My friend is a strict Catholic, but her 18 year old daughter began attending a non-denominational Church. My friend is upset about this, (maybe she doesn't understand "Non-denominational", and frankly, neither do I. What do you think? Thanks!

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    It wouldn't bother me at all. As long as my child was happy and safe it wouldn't to me matter what he/she believes in. Your friend needs to lighten up and grow up.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I go to a Non-denominational church, it's cool, very open and fun. Have you ever heard any contemporary Christian rock music? Well, they have a band there and everything. it's cool, very hip.

    And I wouldn't be worried if my child was a different religion, unless they were satanic, I'm not really religious but satanic people just freak me out.

    Many Catholics freak if their children aren't their religion because it's a very strict faith, but there is nothing really wrong with that, as long as they don't like disown their children. It's like the Jewish faith, you're more or less born into it and it becomes a big part of your life, so when a child of yours changes, it might be very shocking and even upsetting.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Neither of my children share my faith at the moment. Maybe they never will. As a parent who is very sure of my faith, its a little distressing, but I leave it in God's hands. Ultimately its up to each of us individually to find the truth and a religion is not something that you should put faith in simply because your parents have. If that were the case, Jesus' mother Mary wouldn't have become a Christian...she'd have remained Jewish. And come to think of it, Jesus wouldn't be a Christian either if he followed the religion of Mary and Joseph.

    Regarding the "non-denominational" churches, the only thing I can think is that they're for those who are a little wishy-washy in their beliefs or those who want to pick and choose what they believe.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I don't know I don't have any children.

    But I can see how it would cause pain as faith is one of those intangible things that is passed down from parent to child. Also since faith makes up a large part of who a person is it could feel as though they are rejecting who you are. It is difficult but I also think it is part of the growing process allowing a child to find there path. Catholic are particularly famous for leaving the Church at this time in their life. Tell her statistically most return in their late 20's or early 30's. The Catholic Church even has a program called landings to welcome people back as it is so common for them to leave for a while. But statistically almost all return to Catholic.

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  • 1 decade ago

    I would be upset too. She has to try to talk to her daughter and try to show the truth what she believes and leave the rest to her. Religion is a free will, no one can force anyone.

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  • 1 decade ago

    God is God. Period. Religion is humanity's creation. God is unchanging and goes by many other names-- Yaweh, Allah, Buddha, the Source, the One.

    Catholics tend to think they have the "one true religion" and scoff at Protestants. I should know, I used to be Catholic, now I am Anglican.

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  • Miss B
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    Wouldnt bother me at all. The fact that my child has convictions of their own is a good thing in my eyes.

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  • Tedi
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    Well I believe that everyone has the right to their own beliefs. My dad taught me that. When I was 15 I followed lots of different paths. My dad said it was good that I find my own way. He walked his talk. I walk my talk. Good luck.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I would truely and utterly feel as if I had a very spiritually gifted child.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Abraham sacrificed his son to keep his faith. Seeing that I'm not a Christian hypocrite, I will do as the Bible asks of me.

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