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  • It may be for some, but I proudly and openly declare that I am a Christian. I believe in Christ Jesus as my savior.
  • In all truth Faith (or whatever you want to call your religious belief) cannot be entirely a "private" matter. If it is, then you are a shut in, or you don't believe in anything. The reason why I say that is because no matter who you are, what you believe or have faith in will manifest itself in your daily life, and since we cannot live our daily lives in an isolated bubble, our Faith cannot then be entirely "private" either.
  • It is private matter to the extent that through Faith, you make you self known to God. It’s also a public matter, to the extent that you are part of the body of Christ,(if you are Christian)on earth called “Church” which through Faith are held together, and are destined to become a “Bride” of Christ.
  • If you are a Chrisitan, it becomes a very public testimony.
  • For some people yes, for others, no. Every Muslim who is able to is required to make the pilgrimage to Mecca, and that's hardly a private matter.
  • It is not private, but since I believe everyone is entitled to their own beliefs and opinions.It is really not an issue If I am asked for an opinion I will give it but I am not a missionary and am not here to try to convert anyone to my faith.
  • To me it is very private matter as well as politics. I don't need to divulge this info to anyone and I don't.
  • At the end of the day, yes it is. Because only the person concerned knows for sure if s/he really believes in something.
  • yes because if there is no faith,there is no meaning of life
  • It is a PERSONAL matter and a person's decisions about their faith should be respected. I don't think it is necessarily private...
  • if it is kept private, then it apparently has no importance to you. a "private" faith is like a pair of earrings that you change every day. Instead, it should be like a perfume. When its fragrance goes out, people will ask what it is.
  • For me, it is. I'm very careful about who I discuss my faith with and generally I just don't state it to avoid condescension.
  • Any faith I have is something I alone experience. Call it 'inner faith' if you will. Everyone has a different set of views and beliefs, and trying to convince others yours is the 'right' one is a mistake.
  • No. We are called to be a light in the world - can't shine very well when you've been covered up.
  • I think of it more as "discretional". Some people have no problem making their faith known to the world, others prefer to be yes, private about it.
  • Making a choice of faith has to be personal, you and only you can and should decide without pressure of family, friends or society to bear upon. Your relationship with God too is personal. However, if you really believe in the faith of your choice you will be practicing it, and you can’t keep that private. Also, if you have made a considered choice of faith then you will be confident enough in your judgment and choice to want to declare it and to be open to feedback comments on your chosen faith. It might lead you to something better. Bear in mind that not all religions are necessarily good to follow. Look what happened to over 900 people on the Jim Jones compound. They followed this man right to their deaths, mothers fed their babies poisioned Kool-Aid. So if you keep your choice of faith private you might be stuck with your choice for the rest of your life, which could be very short indeed.
  • Not for me... it's all over the place. I work with folks with really advanced Alz. and sometimes that's the only thing left. I spend a LOT of my day discussing such things.
  • It's a personal matter for me and I believe everyone should respect that and see it as private.
  • In this case only i could compare faith to sex. your sex life is certainly private but people still discuss it. faith should be the same way. to each his or her own but open mature discussion can be very entertaining on both topics.
  • The scriptures say let your light shine before men, if you keep it private it's hard to let your light shine. Praise the Lord!
  • Personal but not private!
  • Mine is for the most part.
  • For me it's no secret. Jesus Christ is my personal savious. That said my relationship with Christ is a private one.
  • It's private if that is what the person wants. Personally, I'm proud to call Jesus Christ my Saviour.
  • I think it is. I have my own thoughts and feelings about god and I choose to keep them to myself most of the times. If asked I will answer...but it is mostly private
  • Yes, if you so choose - until it affects your actions in a way that affects others. If you cannot work at certain times, eat certain foods, or undertake certain duties (such as jury service) you need to explain why. Equally, if it forces you to do some things, such as burn down abortion clinics or lynch blasphemers, you must also explain.
  • Aye.. agreed. Although one's faith may be public record. Having faith is entirely a private matter.
  • Your faith is definitely a private matter. Your relationship with God is very private. However if you claim to be christian but do not behave as one don't expect great reviews by people who see your actions as not agreeable to what you say your faith is in.
  • It is only a private matter when it is made clear to be. Faith or religious beliefs play a role in many of our ideas and a great deal of our actions. It is a part of who we are. I believe that people have the right and freedom to believe as they wish, but that it is an open forum simply because they way we act or the things we say makes it one. For example, I am opposed to the ideals and principles of eastern philosophy, but it influences our society to an overwhelming degree. Those that follow these beliefs have the freedom to act and speak in accordance to their beliefs but I also have the freedom to act and speak in accordance to my beliefs, which leads me to speak against theirs. There is a point that rights can be infringed, but simply saying I disagree with someone does not even approach it.
  • There is nothing offensive about 'faith'. I wonder if it is fear that makes some people feel it should be sequestered away in some dark corner; "private". Of course, it might be the unfortunate misguided souls who try to clobber others with their 'faith' that makes some people feel it should be hidden away. But, really, when you have met and learned to know Jesus, God of the Universe, Creator of all things -- how can you just keep Him to yourself? It's impossible. You will come away from any real meetings with your Creator a very changed person. It's not that you have to go around clobbering people with your faith -- He will just fill you and spill over into your whole life. You cannot keep God locked in a closet.
  • It is to me! I'll happily discus it in a friendly open way, however I would never push my personal beliefs on another, and not only expect the same in return but demand it!
  • Not to politicians.
  • It is, though there should be 2 sides to the coin. To be truly open and up front with people about your faith, you first have to have a private relationship with God, and that relationship and faith is private. The Pharasees of the Christ's day were open, but as evidenced by their self-serving prayers, their private time with God was lacking, if there was anything there at all. If you are truly saved, you will have both the private "prayer closet" in which to pray directly to God for all your burdens (there should be plenty of praise too), and this private relationship should be big enough part of your life to tell others, and this way, you will value your relationship with God so much that you won't jeopardize God's name and what is thought of him by living sinfully. Therefore, true Christians have both sides of the faith coin, and this is how it should be.
  • Faith is something that is hidden within one by God that cannot be expressed with the natural tongue.
  • It should be a private adult matter, just like sex.
  • I don't know about private, but I do think it is personal. In that beliefs can be shared and discussed but they can not be forced on someone.
  • i believe, and it is written, that we are supposed "to let our light shine", faith, if we keep it private how will others know and it is a duty to help people come to God whether by example or spreading the GOOD NEWS....my personal relationship with the Almighty is PRIVATE, between HIM and me... I LIKED THIS QUOTE: preach the gospel, and if you must, use words......
  • I didn't say my wife. I said sex. And no, we don't share that part of our lives in public - as important as it is to us.
  • Depends on your point of view. If you think you're beliefs are just relative to what works for you then yes. But if you think that "there is NO MAN who comes to the Father EXCEPT THROUGH ME." John 14:6 Jesus Speaking. Then I guess there is only one answer for all people of all places and all times.
  • YES, until another approaches you and asks you to share. i don't believe in enforcing anything of mine upon another, but i believe that should anybody be curious to ask i'm always willing to share. any other way and i'd have to call myself a hypocrite because i believe in "live and let live"
  • It is if you want it to be.
  • Faith is an opinion that is held to one self, but is it a private matter as in should it be something not discussed in public, well I think if it doesn't come up then it doesn't need to come up. But that it should be discussed, challenged, and examined I believe is a very important part of being human.
  • I think it should be definitely. When you die, or I die, are our beliefs going to interfere with each other? I dont think so.
  • it is if u make it that way
  • Faith is whatever you make it. In my opinion a hidden faith is never as strong as a practised one. The more i have lived my faith the more free i have felt. If your faith is kept bottled up insode it is not likely to grow as well
  • If u want it to be- then it is
  • The Body of Christ is a many membered Body. It is made up of many individuals serving God in a personal relationship with Him. This does not mean that The Bible is of a private interpretation. It means that you need to be personally in contact with God.
  • It should be. However, the hypocrites have taken it upon themselves to make it the biggest and most ridiculous display of hypocrisy ever. Apparently, they think that they louder they scream, the more they're going to believe the shit themselves
  • It depends on where you are. I think that in the workplace and at school faith should be a private matter, but that if you want to share your faith in social situations, with friends, or at home, you should be free to do that.
  • People who wish their faith to remain private usually do not have much faith. Faith is meant to be shared. In faith, the believer: • Gives personal adherence to God • Freely assents to the truth that God has revealed It is this revelation of God which we • Profess in the Creed • Celebrate in the sacraments • Live by right conduct • Respond to in our prayer of faith Faith is both • A theological virtue given by God as grace • An obligation which flows from the first commandment of God The first commandment requires us to nourish and protect our faith with prudence and vigilance, and to reject everything that is opposed to it. A few quotes about faith by unknown authors: Feed your faith and your fears will starve to death. Weave in faith and God will find the thread. A little faith will bring your soul to heaven, but a lot of faith will bring heaven to your soul. Every tomorrow has two handles. We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety, or by the handle of faith. With love in Christ.

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