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View Poll Results: How did you arrive at your faith?
Accepted same as my parents or upbringing 2 6.25%
Analytically verified faith of my parents 6 18.75%
Analytically chose a more true faith than parents 2 6.25%
Converted for convenience (e.g. marriage) 0 0%
Rejected all organized faiths 11 34.38%
Still seeking 2 6.25%
Other 9 28.13%
Voters: 32. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 10-22-2012, 09:05 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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How did you arrive at your faith?
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Old 10-22-2012, 09:15 AM
 
Location: Oregon
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How did you arrive at your faith?
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I was born into it.

But later I followed Paul's advice to "Test everything: Retain what was good."

Then I "put away the things of a child."

As Wikipedia summarizes:

Fideism holds that faith is necessary, and that beliefs may be held without evidence or reason, or even in conflict with evidence and reason.

I'm not a fideist. I prefer reason to faith.
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Old 10-22-2012, 09:26 AM
 
Location: Logan Township, Minnesota
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It found me when I was 65 years old. I had no intent of ever accepting it. But an event at the time convinced me it was the Truth.
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Old 10-22-2012, 10:48 AM
 
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The one I was born with is good enough for me.

Spoiler
for the clueless, that would be none
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Old 10-22-2012, 04:58 PM
 
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I was dabbled in the occult, and I did not want to believe in any spirits , but I opened up some doors into the occult that I should not have opened, which as the result, me home became haunted with noises and light bulbs breaking out of no where, and haunting nightmares which because frightening and even vision of dragons fallen angels and spirit which try to bring fear ....... So I converted to Christianity like Apostle Paul who on the road to Damascus where Jesus said.....`Saul why are you persecuting me`.......As a alien to Christianity knew that Jesus took out demons , and Jesus was the answer to my life as the very presence of any spirit proved to me that Jesus was right and true ...... So I ran to Jesus and went to hell in the spirit about five time as Jesus converted here and baptized here in His Holy Spirit ..Where I am a Christian and will endure to the end ....
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Old 10-22-2012, 06:02 PM
 
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I was raised Catholic. My mother forced me to go Sunday school all the way through 8th grade. I began questioning religion at a pretty early age (5th or 6th grade). I hated going to church and Sunday school, not just because I thought they were boring, but moreso because even at that young age, I found it impossible to believe the stories they were teaching us. I also didn't agree with the church's views on social issues.

I didn't want to do my confirmation in 8th grade, but again my mother forced me to go through with it. I knew I was lying when I said I believed whatever is you say you believe during confirmation, but I did it just to appease my mother. Also, she told me I'd get money from all my relatives for doing it.

I still had to go to church through high school, but I think my mom was finally accepting the fact that I didn't believe in it. We fought about it almost every Sunday and finally when I was a senior she told me I didn't have to go anymore. I haven't been inside a church since my grandfather died in 2007, and I don't intend on going to one anytime soon.

I research different religions while I was in high school. Doing so and finding major flaws with all of them, cemented the fact that I'm an atheist.
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Old 10-22-2012, 06:16 PM
 
Location: Long Island
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Raised Christian, and went through periods of atheism, agnosticism, deism, paganism, and a few others.
Finally embraced and converted to Judaism after several years of searching and studying.

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Old 10-22-2012, 06:24 PM
 
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I've pretty much always been a Christian. Alot of atheist have accused me of only being Christian because I came from a Christian family but that's not true at all. I willingly chose to be a Christian. Or remain one I should say. I developed a personal relationship with Jesus in my late teens which has brought me to where I am today. I just turned 20.

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Old 10-23-2012, 12:26 AM
 
Location: Sierra Nevada Land, CA
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Raised as an agnostic. Atheistic parents.

God said Hi. I said Hello. The rest is history.

Here I am, a Christian.
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Old 10-23-2012, 10:35 AM
 
Location: Ohio
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How did you arrive at your faith?
Loosely Eastern Orthodox (Romanian) --> Agnosticism --> Atheism after years of study.

Right on...


Mircea
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