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05-08-2012, 03:15 PM
RE: Were you once a believer?
I really don't know, to tell you the truth. Either way, I'm just glad I got out of it when I did. Any longer and I'd probably not be on these forums. It was starting to stick pretty deep.
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13-08-2012, 05:18 PM
RE: Were you once a believer?
I did but I was such a confused kid. I couldn't understand (at the age of 6) why someone who had all this power didn't use it. So then I read about atheism and was like this is it.
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13-08-2012, 11:21 PM
RE: Were you once a believer?
I can not vote for the sole reason being that as a child my baptism was enforced, I only believed because it relieved me from the fear of hell. But as I got older, I grew to fear my devout sister more, and I also grew to fear heaven more than hell. She does not welcome any understanding, but as Carl Buechner once said, "they may forget what you said but they will never forget how you made them feel."

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14-08-2012, 12:08 AM
RE: Were you once a believer?
Yes, I was raised as a Christian. Luckily I de-converted.

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14-08-2012, 05:31 AM
RE: Were you once a believer?
I tried to be. I don't think I ever really was though. It wasn't something that was of any high importance in my family.

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19-08-2012, 08:03 AM
RE: Were you once a believer?
I've tried to believe a few different times in my life and came to the conclusion that it wasn't for me.

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19-08-2012, 08:09 AM
RE: Were you once a believer?
(19-08-2012 08:03 AM)SJA58 Wrote:  I've tried to believe a few different times in my life and came to the conclusion that it wasn't for me.

Believe or not believe, there is no try. Consider

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19-08-2012, 09:30 AM
Were you once a believer?
(19-08-2012 08:09 AM)Chas Wrote:  
(19-08-2012 08:03 AM)SJA58 Wrote:  I've tried to believe a few different times in my life and came to the conclusion that it wasn't for me.

Believe or not believe, there is no try. Consider

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Welcome SJA. Glad you decided to stop trying. Life is so much simpler when you don't have to work hard at believing something that can't be proven.

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22-08-2012, 01:56 AM
RE: Were you once a believer?
I tried to believe, because I was a little kid and wanted to know there was someone looking out for me. Then I looked around me and realized that if this god guy was real he was about as useful as my drunk parents and just as selectively observant. c:

Thankfully my mom has since gotten sober (11 years and counting! Big Grin) and decided she really doesn't believe, that her Catholic upbringing taught her he can't logically exist, and that if he does exist then he has more explaining to do to the rest of the world than the entire rest of the world does to him.

Both of us are far happier not fearing cruel dogmas and having to try to reconcile some really shitty morals that we both know are based on lies, hate, and bullshit.

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22-08-2012, 03:41 AM
RE: Were you once a believer?
I would be interested to see the average age of deconversion. It sounds like more often it was late teens. I went through a disconnect in late teens where I realized it was not as real as everybody seemed to be insisting it was. But I continued through life trying to make a self-formulated version of it work (for my wife, for my family-of-origin, so that the kids would have a "moral foundation" etc.) Finally got fed up when I looked at it from a what-are-we-teaching-our-kids perspective. Age 43.
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