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29-12-2010, 11:52 PM (This post was last modified: 31-12-2010 12:45 AM by Observer.)
Were you once a believer?
I wonder... Are most of the forum users "converted believers" or where they always atheist?.

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30-12-2010, 12:09 AM
 
RE: Poll: Where you once a belliever?
Oh yes! I used to be a very devout Christian; went to church, Sunday school, prayed 3 times a day, sang in a choir, I even grew up wanting to be a nun Confused. I started having questions and doubts when I was 14, and finally realized I was an Atheist when I was 18.
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30-12-2010, 12:13 AM
 
RE: Poll: Where you once a belliever?
I was never a believer and sometimes feel that I should step aside to allow ex-believers to have their say. I don't know why, maybe I just feel that they deserve it for having to endure a life of religion, or maybe its as simple as that they have more experience in a lot of areas that I don't, such as coming out to a very religious family/community.
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30-12-2010, 04:58 AM
RE: Where you once a believer?
I voted no, but really, when I was a kid I guess I believed simply because my parents said there was a god. So the more accurate answer would be, "No, not since I was old enough to think for myself" I guess. Religion and god have never been a significant part of my life though, even as a young child.

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30-12-2010, 06:02 AM
RE: Where you once a believer?
Definitely,
When I was younger my mind would go completely blank in church.Couldn't think of anything.Was too afraid of God.Recovered in adolescence only to give in to conspiracy theories before finally being free Smile
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30-12-2010, 07:01 AM
RE: Where you once a believer?
Does it count if one believed as a little kid, but just grew out of it?

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30-12-2010, 08:26 AM
RE: Where you once a believer?
(30-12-2010 07:01 AM)Kikko Wrote:  Does it count if one believed as a little kid, but just grew out of it?
I was in the same situation and I voted "YES".

The reason why I posted this poll is because I'm asking myself if you would grow out another person if you where never subject to serious believes. I am also wondering if you become more hardened in your atheist view when you are "a convert" (there is something as "the fanaticism of the convert")

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30-12-2010, 09:04 AM
RE: Where you once a believer?
I used to believe. In all sorts of things.

Since my early teen years though, I had never been particularly devout, though I fully "recognized" (as a result of the brain washing) that I should have been more devout. I should have read my Bible more (actually I should have, it probably would have started certain things a lot sooner), I should have prayed more, I should have gone to church, etc.

I still kick myself for not examining my beliefs I did. Before my deconversion I was a Christian, then at one point more of a deist with cultural Christian leanings, and for about a month or so I considered myself a Progressive Christian - in which you still believe in God or higher power, but you see Jesus (the historical or the legend or however you choose to see him) as a prophet or teacher. That version's fun cuz you just make up whatever you like and pull anything from any other religion that you want to. Any question is answered with "I think..." Big Grin

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30-12-2010, 09:13 AM
RE: Where you once a believer?
(30-12-2010 09:04 AM)TheSixthGlass Wrote:  Any question is answered with "I think..." Big Grin
Cool... where do i sign in? Smile

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30-12-2010, 09:30 AM
RE: Where you once a believer?
(30-12-2010 09:13 AM)The_observer Wrote:  
(30-12-2010 09:04 AM)TheSixthGlass Wrote:  Any question is answered with "I think..." Big Grin
Cool... where do i sign in? Smile

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To be fair, I will still give these people props for wanting to (and beginning to) develop a kinder, more inclusive, morally-based, evolving religion. It is a bit more philosophy-based than dogma-based. In the end I just wanted more answers (I was on a huge "who was Jesus" kick) and Christianity of any flavor just doesn't have those answers - especially when they claim to.

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