Being Friends With Someone With A Different Religion: What Should You Do?

June 20, 2010
Hey ya'll. Having trouble with deciding who and who not to be friends with because your religious beliefs? Well, here's some advice on what you may be looking for. I hope it helps out.

I know it can be though deciding to be friends with someone with a different religion than you. I was just in the same situation not to long ago. It's not easy choosing your religons beliefs and doing what's right over hurting people you want to get to know and accept for who they are. However, we all must choose. Although this advice may not work for all, here are some tips below:

1.) Try talking/e-mailing the person asking them respectfully to keep their options open on different religions.

2.) Explain nicely to the person how and why you can't be friends with them due to their religious beliefs.

3.) Talk to a pastor or parent about your situation. Ask them questions as to what to do about the situation that you're going through.

4.)If you want to become friends with them, ask them questions about their religion (Where'd it come from?, Who's the founder?, What their religion is about?, ect.) It's okay to ask questions about their relion due to curiosity. I did the same thing. If the person trys to convert you or vice versa, be sure to set boundries. Nicely tell them that you're not interested in converting. If the person makes you feel uncomfortable, immediatley let them know and explain to them how you're feeling. Then respectfully tell them that'd you'd like to move some where else.

Well that's all the advice i could think of. I hope it helps. If it doesn't be sure to talk to someone with a higher level of experience and knowlege.

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conversegirl23 said...
Jul. 20, 2010 at 8:25 pm
I don't think it's hard to be friends with people of different religions. I'm a Christian and one of my best friends is Morman. My other best friend is Cathoilc and we have never had any religious differences. Nor will we ever. Teens don't care what religion there friends belong too. We (or I ) care more about the person themselves.
EmoToboe said...
Jul. 4, 2010 at 9:40 pm

No offense or anything, but I just noticed something.

You seem to be saying that Christians should tell their non-Christian friends to keep their options open to different religions, but then you say that the Christian shouldn't keep his/her options open to the other person's religion.

Please tell me if I misinterpreted that, but that advice seems a little close-minded to me anyway.

On a different note this was well-written.

offwithyourhead! replied...
Jul. 18, 2010 at 3:00 pm
sorry i probably didnt explain it as i was trying to. i was trying to say that its okay to be curious to the other religion like its okay to ask questions about and be friends with that person. im sorry if i offended anywho and no offense takin and thanks by the way.
offwithyourhead! replied...
Jul. 22, 2010 at 12:55 am
i see what i did wrong stratch number one off the list! dont listen to that one.
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