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Do the people close to you – family and/or friends – share your spiritual path? How does this affect you? How does it affect them?
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My grandmother was very religious but on one else in our family really is. While I think my brother and I are the only ones to come out and say we are atheists, I think my other brother and father believe just not a lot. My husband is Catholic but doesn't go to church. Religion and spirituality don't play a big role in our lives.

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My Parents are United Methodist (as I was raised)...Dad was a Mormon before he married MOM...
My little Sister I think she has her "GOD" and she seems religious, in her thinking, just not in her actions, not according to her religion. emoticon

But NONE of them even KNOW of my choosing the Pagan path. And my Mother even asked once if Chris had any religion because a person needed it. I told her yes, just not which one! emoticon That seemed to satisfy her.

But as for my parents, they will both Pass away without knowing of my Path. No need to cause strife or upset them over something they could or would never even want to understand. emoticon

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I come from a scientific family that was completely a-religious. It just didn't matter. I went to attend a church class for "confirmation", which is something the protestant churches do here. I chose not to join the church at the end of those two years.

I did get baptized during my marriage, but again, never joined the church. My MIL used to be on a Protestant church board, hence the baptism. Still, they are quietly religious and we rarely discuss that topic.

My family (mother, father and sister) doesn't understand my spirituality, with one exception: My brother who is working to become a priest in the Christian Community. We haven't been able to talk for about 20 years, but recently our spirituality has given us a new common ground. That has made a huge difference.

On the other hand, churches in Germany (the two big ones are Protestant and Catholic) are less visible than in the US. Religion is not something that dominates the news or so. I'm glad for that, because it means people are also less often judged for their religion. (Which is different for muslims, sadly.)

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I had a full-blown post on this last night and when I hit the submit button, the site was overloaded and it didn't post.... :angry:

Having grown up in a STRONG Christian home (Southern Baptist), the path I'm walking now was scoffed at, scorned, and torn apart. If my Mother had any idea, I'd never hear the end of [sign in to see URL] how I've backslidden, and if I don't get "Right with the Lord" I'll be going to [sign in to see URL], etc, etc. My sister knows, but does not [sign in to see URL]'t much care. My sister and I are very close, but on this point, I don't much care what her feelings are about my spirituality. She has her God, whom I do believe in, to a [sign in to see URL] just don't have the ONE God. Fenxy and I both have just kept things to ourselves from Dad's side of the family for the same [sign in to see URL] are all strong Christians and don't care to try to understand [sign in to see URL], rather than create problems where there are none right now, we just don't bring it up.

It bothers me that I can't talk to my Mom about [sign in to see URL] she and I are also very close and there are things I would LOVE to share with her, but don't dare unless I want to spend the rest of my life (or hers) being told how sinful this all is. So, out of love for my Mother and myself, it's not something I share.

My DH knows and while he's a Christian, he's OK with my path. He picks at me at [sign in to see URL] jokes, but I know it's in fun and partially it's his way of trying to understand. I don't mind. His family knows nothing of this, [sign in to see URL], STRONG Christian beliefs, and I'd REALLY get it from [sign in to see URL], out of self preservation, I don't share.

Kind of sad that I can't talk to family (other than Fenyx) about what I [sign in to see URL] sad for myself, but sad for [sign in to see URL] being so close minded that they refuse to even attempt to [sign in to see URL] if they don't agree.

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My family is very non-religious. My parents are atheist and most of the relatives in my generation on my dad's side are too. I do have a cousin that is 'spiritual' in a pagany sort of way though she wouldn't call it that - she makes a point of saying she doesn't know what it is, it's just "right". But I can share stuff with her about interesting experiences. My mom also has an open mind but she abhors rituals and thinks they are so contrived. So even though we celebrate pagan holidays in the family, it's without any fun ritual!

I don't have any atheist pagan friends or family in real life. I wish I did. It's a weird and complicated way of thinking and sometimes I feel alone until I go online and see other people talking about it. It would be nice to share that in person. I've tried pagan groups but they've all been VERY focused on the Divine and I haven't been able to connect.

So I love that my family for the most part is open to anything (except probably if I became a hard core theist!). But I wish I had more people to discuss my specific thoughts with. But I don't let it deter my explorations!

It sounds like most people are lacking a large support group in real life. It's an interesting day and age where we have the internet to make connections with like minded folks!
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I'm GLAD we have the internet to get connected or even to explore and find out! emoticon
I mean I knew all my life that I loved Nature, that I felt closer to the creator while in [sign in to see URL] just never knew why.
Without the internet, I may never have known. And it's so funny because things that I remember happening in my [sign in to see URL] all becoming those "AH HA!" moments in my life now! emoticon

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This is a hard one to answer.

I was not raised in any kind of religious home, but I was baptised as a Protestant when I was very young. My parents both came from families that were religious to some extent however we never went to church or Sunday school etc.

I have two Godmothers (one is my aunt) and a Godfather (her husband). One of the Godmothers did buy me a children's Bible and I was encouraged to read it as a child. Also at Christmas and Easter and other such holidays, my parents made sure that I understood the basics of the religious aspects of them.

My parents know that I am an aethist and accept that I don't believe in God. I have never seen any evidence to confirm that He exists (in fact I have seen more that He doesn't). That doesn't mean that if I did see proof of his existence that I wouldn't change my mind. However I DO NOT want to be preached to any anytime.

My extended family don't all know that I have no faith in religion. In most cases, it is because they don't need to know and have never asked. I have always felt religion or lack there of should be a private thing anyway.

That aside, I have been to various religious ceremonies and I can see how religion can help people. I saw my cousin's daughter being baptised and also my great-uncle had a semi-religious funeral. I respect that is what they want and I am respectful at these events but people know I will not be converted through seeing what happens.

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Was raised Catholic, however over the last ten years my parents and siblings have learned to handle my non-traditional path. My nephew even called to get information for a paper he had to write for is Catholic High School. lol

Within my own home it is a mixed path two daughters are Baptist along with the entire town.

I am very much out of the broom closet so to speak so my daughters are asked how this works all the time.

It is easy I love them and they love me. I let them believe as they choose. We have many open discussion.

To me it is simple many lifes past and present, many paths and directions, we each find our own path and truth which we live and love. My path is not yours and your path is not mine. I will respect your choice even if you do not respect mine.

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It's nice that you can cohabitate like this, Playful (and it's nice to SEE YOU!!!! emoticon )

If I were to let my mother know, she'd have a hissy, and I'd never hear the end of [sign in to see URL] would drive a rather large wedge between [sign in to see URL], for the sake of my relationship with my mother, which I [sign in to see URL] don't say anything. If I MUST respond to something more Christian based, I respond with as little as I [sign in to see URL] as 'I wish for them blessings" if someone is having [sign in to see URL] since I do [sign in to see URL] not to the Christian God, I will tell her I'll keep someone in my [sign in to see URL] satisfies [sign in to see URL] keeps me true to my path of choice.

And, you're so [sign in to see URL] everyone is on the same path. No 2 people see things exacatly the same way, despite the way Christians are taught....
Just a fact of life. :-) emoticon

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