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16-01-2012, 07:30 PM
Where to begin?
Huh
Wow, umm, what to say first?

39 years old. Grew up Catholic, but was always a bit skeptical.
Didn't care about the issues of faith or religion for a long time through my late teens and twenties, and then I got married.
She grew up Christian (you know, the non-denominational calvary ones). Her father was a pastor. Her family is extremely into it...she is less into it, but still beleives it, just isn't in your face about it.
So I just keep it to myself for the most part. Going to church maybe a couple times as to not stir shit up. Our daughter liked Sunday School...w/e.

Come to now. I am no longer unsure, not caring about faith. I am conviced it's all bullshit and this taperecorder in my brain has been put there by years of living in it. I have been conditioned. It's time to undo this conditioning!

This decision has grown from watching my sister-in-law go from over the top party girl to over the top christian. I am conviced she is an addict, and moved from one addiction to antother. (although she still enjoys vicodins and xanax, but hey, those are legal, right?) Anyways, her annoying as hell faith that she wears so loudly on her sleeve is what has challenged me to either join it, or fight it. I swear I tried to join it...I went to church those few times with an open mind..."convince me...I dare you!!" The big kicker was a gift I recently received from said sister-in-law. It was a DVD copy of "The Case for Christ". I watched this with as opened a mind as I possibly could....and it convinced me of the opposite...then I found http://www.godlesshaven.com and fealt very confirmed. Which brings me here. I feel confirmed, yet not so much that I can "come out of the closet." The real bummer is that I kinda feel alone in all of this.

So, thanks for being here. I really look forward to combing through the pages and hopefully contributing, instead of just bitching. Big Grin

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16-01-2012, 09:58 PM
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(16-01-2012 07:30 PM)HiLiKuS Wrote:  Huh
Wow, umm, what to say first?

39 years old. Grew up Catholic, but was always a bit skeptical.
Didn't care about the issues of faith or religion for a long time through my late teens and twenties, and then I got married.
She grew up Christian (you know, the non-denominational calvary ones). Her father was a pastor. Her family is extremely into it...she is less into it, but still beleives it, just isn't in your face about it.
So I just keep it to myself for the most part. Going to church maybe a couple times as to not stir shit up. Our daughter liked Sunday School...w/e.

Come to now. I am no longer unsure, not caring about faith. I am conviced it's all bullshit and this taperecorder in my brain has been put there by years of living in it. I have been conditioned. It's time to undo this conditioning!

This decision has grown from watching my sister-in-law go from over the top party girl to over the top christian. I am conviced she is an addict, and moved from one addiction to antother. (although she still enjoys vicodins and xanax, but hey, those are legal, right?) Anyways, her annoying as hell faith that she wears so loudly on her sleeve is what has challenged me to either join it, or fight it. I swear I tried to join it...I went to church those few times with an open mind..."convince me...I dare you!!" The big kicker was a gift I recently received from said sister-in-law. It was a DVD copy of "The Case for Christ". I watched this with as opened a mind as I possibly could....and it convinced me of the opposite...then I found http://www.godlesshaven.com and fealt very confirmed. Which brings me here. I feel confirmed, yet not so much that I can "come out of the closet." The real bummer is that I kinda feel alone in all of this.

So, thanks for being here. I really look forward to combing through the pages and hopefully contributing, instead of just bitching. Big Grin

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17-01-2012, 02:10 AM
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Welcome! I hope you find all the information possible to find out the truth, because really, that is what you're after, right? Smile
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17-01-2012, 03:09 AM
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That sounds like a tough situation to be in, to not be able to be yourself around your family and friends. Welcome to the forum, and I wish you all the best.

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17-01-2012, 04:22 AM
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Usually the end of living it begins the story of telling it. You handled it. Wink

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17-01-2012, 06:45 AM
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This site is full of those who share a similar story and are currently in the situation you are. Welcome to the forums. You will find answers to your question (Whatever they may be) and a place to unload the things you cannot say to the religious around you.

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17-01-2012, 08:12 AM
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Welcome to TTA!

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17-01-2012, 08:52 AM
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Welcome Smile
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17-01-2012, 10:06 AM
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Thanks everyone. This seems like a great place to hang and scratch the itch.

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17-01-2012, 05:52 PM
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(16-01-2012 07:30 PM)HiLiKuS Wrote:  ...then I found http://www.godlesshaven.com and fealt very confirmed.

Damn, I first read that as http://www.GodlessShaven.com ... ah well, I see that it's still available ... think I might buy it and start a porn site.

(16-01-2012 07:30 PM)HiLiKuS Wrote:  I really look forward to combing through the pages and hopefully contributing, instead of just bitching. Big Grin

I think you just did. Wink

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