(Closed) Does Your Faith Impact Your Day To Day Decision Making?

posted 6 years ago in Christian
  • poll: Does your faith impact your daily decision making?
    I do follow a type of organized religion and it does impact my decision making on a day to day basis : (19 votes)
    33 %
    I do follow a type of organized religion & it has shaped me, but I do not think it impacts me daily : (7 votes)
    12 %
    I follow a type of organized religion & it does impact me daily. I feel that it SHOULD be shared : (3 votes)
    5 %
    I do not follow an organized religion, but I do have a belief system that impacts me daily. : (17 votes)
    29 %
    I do not follow an organized religion, and I do not have a belief system that impacts me daily : (2 votes)
    3 %
    I don't follow organized religion, & I don't believe that outside factors SHOULD impact decisions : (1 votes)
    2 %
    I don't follow anything and do not have an opinion on it. I live life day to day. : (6 votes)
    10 %
    Other that I'm sure I've forgotten about. : (1 votes)
    2 %
    I like polls! : (2 votes)
    3 %
  • Post # 3
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    2425 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I was raised Catholic, and while I am not really practicing now (DH is Lutheran, so if we go to church it is Lutheran because he has an irrational hatred of the Catholic church) but being raised Catholic has definitely shaped me and how I think about situations. So even if I don’t always let my faith influence my decisions, the Catholic in me always feels guilty about it! Catholic guilt is a powerful force, and I don’t know if anyone raised Catholic ever gets rid of it.

    Post # 4
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    9674 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2012

    This is such an intelligent question.  I voted: I do not follow an organized religion, but I do have a belief system that impacts me daily.

    I am a Christian but I am non-denominational and don’t feel comfortable with much of organized religion.  Darling Husband and I attend church occasionally (mostly with his mother, which makes her happy, and that makes us happy) but Darling Husband identifies more with “humanism,” in his words, than Christianity.  He does believe in God, the Creator, but is more agnostic than I am.

    I have no doubt in my Christian faith and the way I arrived at my belief that Jesus Christ is God was a personal and complex spiritual journey.  My faith does impact my daily life because I strive to live to my ideals as a human being and my vision of Christ’s ideal for humanity.

    But, and this is a big but, I do not believe my or anyone else’s belief should override or be forced on anyone else.  I believe, first of all, in respect for every person’s right to believe as they so choose.  If they ask about my beliefs I will tell them but it won’t be the mainstream kind of Christianity. 

    For instance, I believe in the right for a woman to have control over her own body and if she wants/needs an abortion she should be able to have a medically safe abortion with no government involvement.  I personally never had an abortion, and never would, but I don’t feel it’s my right to interfere with anyone else’s choice to have one. 

    I also believe in the right for any person to marry whomever they so choose and enjoy the same legal rights as traditional married couples.  Why should being gay and in love preclude your rights to marry and live your life protected by the marriage laws of the state you live in?  It’s unfair, in my eyes, to prevent anyone to marry the person they choose, regardless of sex.

    I’m sure plenty of other Christians believe as I do, in tolerance and respect for ALL beliefs, not just my own.  I think it’s immoral to try to shove your beliefs down someone else’s throat.  A person’s belief system is very personal and between them and their God(s), Goddess, or between them and themselves if they do not believe in God.

    Thanks for starting this thread, this is awesome!  I’m looking forward to all the replies.

    Post # 6
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    9674 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2012

    @chemistrybride:  Interesting!  I was also raised Catholic.  However, I left the “Catholic guilt” behind many years ago.  It can be done.

    Post # 7
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    2425 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    @sunfire:  lol then you are in the minority my friend! I live in the Northeast where there are a lot of Catholics, and since I am in science I know a lot of disillusioned Catholics too, but the consensus is that the guilt stays with a lot of people!

    Sometimes I WISH I could get rid of the guilt, but overall I guess it helps guide my moral compass lol, so it’s not the worst thing, and it doesn’t hurt anyone else.

    Post # 8
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    1471 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    I used to be VERY evangelical Christian. Prayed constantly throughout the day, read ym Bible regularly attended church meetings multiple times a week, studied graduate theology. Every big decision I made was faith based.

    Then I realised I didn’t believe anymore. So my decisions aren’t made in the same way. I have strong ethical principles though.

    Post # 10
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    1719 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I voted: I do follow a type of organized religion & it has shaped me, but I do not think it impacts me daily.

    I’m what they call a “Cafeteria Catholic” (I know it’s not a nice term but Idk how else to put it!).  I believe and try to excercise my beliefs but I do not like the direction of where the Catholic church is in.  i.e. Being very vocal about politics (I prefer a separation of church and state); and, taking a strong stance on women’s rights. 

    Post # 11
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    5428 posts
    Bee Keeper

    I left my faith for my Fiance, so once we get married, I will get back to my faith.

    But I do think about it a lot. And I lost a lot of friends because of this… 

    Post # 12
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    2907 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I think my faith does shape a lot of my daily life and decisions. I’m Catholic, though like a PP I’m a real “cafeteria Catholic.” But the church’s teachings about social justice and ministering to the sick, the poor, the prisoners definitely influenced my choice of career. (I’m a public defender.) And I try to apply the church’s teachings on forgiveness and redemption both in my job and in my personal life. 

    I do disagree with the church’s teachings on contraception and I believe strongly that keeping abortion safe and legal is the most compassionate position to take. I make an effort to donate money (and to a lesser degree, time) to aiding the needy. I think that’s definitely influenced by the church. And I try to be patient and kind in the way I think Jesus would want me to be. 

    Post # 13
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    4049 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: January 2014

    @farawayviolet:  Same here. I was an evangelical Christian whose faith drove every decision I made. Then one day I stopped believing, and now I am a happy atheist. While I do not follow any sort of organized religion, I suppose I have some secular humanist views that does influence me. I’m not sure how to vote in the poll though… I will contemplate. Interesting thread!

    Post # 14
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    3357 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I used to be very religious, and even though I know that this doesn’t apply to everyone, almost all the Christians I’ve met are massive hypocrites or are, plain and simple, sheep. I have rarely seen a shining example of a person of God. I can count those I’ve met on one hand. They inspire me, but I have grown to dislike the idea of putting my life in a God’s hands – probably because I didn’t have faith. I questioned, and those questions couldn’t be answered.

    I voted that I do not follow organized religion but I have my belief system that impacts me.

    Post # 15
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    873 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    I voted “I do not follow an organized religion, but I do have a belief system that impacts me daily.”  This is an unpopular view, but I do not see Christianity as an organized religion (although I do recognize that many people treat is as such).  Christianity is about knowing Jesus as God’s son and our savior, and striving to glorify His in all that we do.  So obviously that belief system impacts me daily, but I decided to split hairs while answering the poll and say I don’t follow an organized religion.

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