When you convert to another denomination or faith how does it affect your relationship with your family?

It depends on what religion it is, and whether or not your family have strong beliefs about it. I have seen many people converted to my religion, and some families embrace it, some join the church in addition to the original convert, some are hostile but polite, and some disown their children.

I think that you have to be true to God and to what you believe, no matter the consequences... but it is a hard thing to see families so bitter over a person's choices sometimes.

If your family is athiest, you might get more of a battle, or if your family has heard a lot of bad things about a certain religion or group. Hopefully most families will accept your right to choose, and celebrate the fact that you are happy with your relationship with God. But... it won't happen in every case, definitely. There are so many people out there dedicated to being ANTI-someone else's belief rather than being PRO-whatever they believe in, that you just don't know how others will react, except as far as you can predict, knowing your family. ... And even then you can't always know. I have seem some people brace themselves, thinking that their families would go crazy, and actually they were pleasant and accepting. :)

Answer from a Jehovah's Witness

Being one of Jehovah's Witnesses, I have seen this senerio play out many times.

I have family members that do not share my faith, either by having a different religion, or no religion at all. My wife has the same situation among her family members. I have also seen this among my fellow JW's.

One issue that we find that comes up is misunderstanding about our religion. Once it is that they realize that once we become one of JW's, we are still basically the same person, minus the foul language, and hopefully whatever other bad habits we may have had, then they generally are ok.


My father's friend (Lee) converted to Mormon by marriage and tithed religiously. After they have several children, they fell into hard times and Lee refused to pay tithes, reasoning that the family needed their money more. The Church dis-fellowed him, and his Mormon family dis-owned him. Lee reconverted to Catholicism. He died alone, lonely and bitter about a year ago.