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Old 12-30-2017, 08:32 AM
 
Location: Atlanta
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I'm interested in hearing from people who have been the same religion all of their lives as well as those who have switched religions (converted) in their life.
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Old 12-30-2017, 08:44 AM
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I'm interested in hearing from people who have been the same religion all of their lives as well as those who have switched religions (converted) in their life.
God chose me. I didn't choose him. I was raised Catholic, but stopped attending as a teen. God saved me when I was 20 years old. I've bounced around to a few different denominations and churches, but I'm currently in a Baptist church because the pastor preaches the Bible, and I click well with the people. It's my church home.
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Old 12-30-2017, 08:47 AM
 
Location: Texas
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I don't think it's ever really a choice. If you consider yourself apart of a particular religion, isn't believing the content the basis?

When I was a christian I believed its teachings. Now that I no longer believe those things I no longer consider myself a christian.

I was raised in a christian family. I stopped considering myself a christian a little over 4 years ago (I was 21).
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Old 12-30-2017, 10:34 AM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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Raised a Methodist. Converted to Catholic when I was about 16 due to a close friend and being interested in what my father's side of the family did. But then I took a vacation in Thailand and was impressed with how genuinely happy and generous truly poor, poor people could be. I converted over time all on my own with no help or urging...and it was a wonderful feeling that one didn't have to do things because they were in some book, but were encouraged to take Buddha's advice and see if it worked for them.
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Old 12-30-2017, 11:07 AM
 
Location: Western Washington
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Raised Catholic. Flirted with Protestant anabaptist traditions in my teens because they seemed to be fairly scholarly about their study of the Bible, and that seemed a worthwhile endeavor to to me.

As I started to study the Bible in depth, I met a couple of atheists. This caused me to expand my studies from trying to understand the nature of the Christian god to include proofs for the existence of any god. Of course, I was sure that once i was able to communicate a proof for a god, I would be able to tie that to the God.

That did not turn out as I expected. I spent a couple of years as an undecided seeker, trying to regain my christian faith, exploring eastern religions and some new age beliefs.

I found this to be incredibly illuminating. It seemed that all religions ultimately pointed back to some set of teachings, but had no good reason for considering that teaching to be inherently true.

I became an atheist in my late teens.
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Old 12-30-2017, 11:28 AM
 
Location: Northern California
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you dont chose a religion but an authority which you deem as truth

then whatever truth coincides with that is what you choose
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Old 12-30-2017, 11:43 AM
 
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logistics.

does it meet the needs of community both "physically" and 'spiritually". How doe it describe people that do not believe what they do. I would say the last part is the most useful in exposing milli/fundy think. if a gathering is anti-theist or anti-not our religion, they are most likely contributing to the problem.
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Old 12-30-2017, 01:01 PM
 
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It just developed as my understanding and knowledge increased. Then one day I realized I was not alone and I knew I was an ATHEIST who believes in GOD..
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Old 12-30-2017, 01:04 PM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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The problem with much of this thread is that most American Christians don't choose their religion. They take whatever their family raised them to be within a Christian majority. Oh, they might stray to a slightly different denomination. But they don't really choose their religion. They follow their status quo.
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Old 12-30-2017, 01:29 PM
 
Location: Western Washington
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The problem with much of this thread is that most American Christians don't choose their religion. They take whatever their family raised them to be within a Christian majority. Oh, they might stray to a slightly different denomination. But they don't really choose their religion. They follow their status quo.
I donít think this is limited to American Christians. I think that it is a common experience for all of humanity.
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