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farmgirl101

farmgirl101

So recently, I’ve been learning more about the catholic faith and my views are starting to change. My parents are Presbyterian while I am nondenominational at the moment. My mother saw that I had liked a catholic post and almost mocked the catholic faith. How can I tell them that I may be catholic? Should I wait to really be catholic till I leave their house (1-2 years) or should I tell them? I would really like to see a catholic mass and have a friend who could take me but there’s a problem there too. What should I do?

March 6, 2015 at 22:35
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CheerGirl1

I can say that this semester I have been looking into the Catholic faith and my attitude towards the traditions have totally changed! I love the traditions and structure of mass. The people in the catholic church are so loving. I really get alot from mass. I think this is a tough thing kinda. My mom grew up nondenominational and still is, while my dad grew up catholic and converted to Christianity-nondenominational. I recently found out catholic is not a part of Chrisianity, yet many or maybe all catholics are christians and go to heaven. If you disagree just do some research and maybe you will see why I say that. So I was nervous about talking to my family about considered being catholic, but it turned out to be a loving and educational conversation. Because of three reasons I probably wont become Catholic. But as far as your situation, I would say number one definitely pray about it! Number two either talk to your friends and an elder who is catholic or go ahead and take RCIA classes at a catholic church to learn everything they believe and do. I would try to have a polite and calm conversation about why they disapprove of the catholic faith and then ask them to listen to why you want to become catholic. My advice is when you feel comfortable, talk to them about your interest in it. Accepting Christ and choosing a denomination is YOUR choice. But I think that if they prefer you to go to the same church, it would be good to go with them till you are out of the house. But ask them about letting you go to catholic mass with your friend. Even though it is good to be established at one church, maybe they will let you attend mass every now and then! Honestly, make sure this is what you want and want to believe in and then pray about it. Hope I am helping! sorry this is such a long post. I will keep you and your parents in my prayers!

March 7, 2015 at 20:22
marysetrueblood

marysetrueblood

Hi there, Catholic girl here. Firstly, and this part is @Cheergirl, Catholicism IS part of Christianity. If a church worships Christ, it’s a part of Christianity. It’s not a part of PROTESTANT Christianity, thanks. Many of the earliest Christians were Catholics, and the split into protestantism came from practices of CHURCH OFFICIALS, and varying DOCTRINES, not a lack of their being Christians. Unless you’d like to argue that thousands of notable Christian people, scholars, writers, artists, philosophers, etc are somehow not “part of Christianity.” I’m sorry, but asserting that catholics aren’t part of Christianity is really not something someone who is not themself a Catholic cannot do, and they will always be wrong when they do. Listen to people who are part of the faith.
But part of the thing with Catholicism is that, while anyone is welcome at Mass, if you want to fully convert and be a member of the church, one has to go through RCIA and be baptized. So a lot of this lays on you may need your parents’ permission to join RCIA, or you can wait until you’re moved out and make that choice for yourself.
If you think you can hold an open, respectful-on-both-sides discussion and it may lead you where you want to go, go for it.
If not, connect with Catholics online and in your area. Check your library for resources. Learn what you can while you can, because the Church will still welcome you home when you’re old enough to be out on your own.

March 8, 2015 at 13:16
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CheerGirl1

Howdy yall! I realized I never mdae it clear in my first reply, that when I said Catholicism is not part of Christianity, I was and am refereing to Romam Catholicism. I know modern Catholicism differs from Roman Catholicism. So So Catholic girl, if you consider Roman Catholicism, part of Christiany, Id love to hear why! Thanks! But aAlso Id like to know why people say the faxt that Catholica believe in the “extra books” of the old testament makes Catholicism making it not a part of Christianity?

March 9, 2015 at 23:16
marysetrueblood

marysetrueblood

Roman Catholocism is just the formal name for the Catholic church that follows the Pop & isn’t Eastern Orthodox. Sometimes little cultural nuances will affect you parish to parish, but Roman Catholocism is just… Catholocism. Because it’s headed by the Pope. In Rome. And they worship Christ, so they’re Christian.
Ah! The “extra books” were actually in the oldest assembled Christian bibles already, but a lot of Protestants removed them because they contradicted their theological point of view, and were less relevent to what they wanted to teach, or they were, at the time of the Reformation, not easily translated. So they’re not like, extra in that they went in and added books. They just never got rid of them!

March 10, 2015 at 14:35
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