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I found this Leaving Christianity testimony to be a real breath of fresh air, from all the bitter Leaving Christianity testimonies that seem so common.
Everyone seems so free and liberated to get away from the oppressive Christianity. Am I the only one who had a really good time with it and am sad to leave it? My family is Christian but they are super cool and support me in anything. My Christian friends were awesome, real folks, not judgmental. I loved having a God that looked out for me and cared for me. I felt if I follow God, I would be led upon the best past for my life, and it seemed to work. I always encouraged friends to become Christian because I thought it was awesome to have a relationship with God, never because it was a job to convert them. I had amazing answered prayer experiences. I was an optimistic and cheerful, and excited for life.
Christianity always seemed great for the Christians, but terrible for non-Christians. Finally, I couldn't take it anymore. It should be for the whole world.
But now, I am quite sad. I felt like I had a precious gift, and it has been taken from me. And I can't have it back no matter how much I would like it (because I know the truth). I am also very frustrated with myself for believing it for so long. And all those prayers and moments I had with God, must have been in my head.
Now, I do not trust myself. I like having a spiritual life because life is full of mystery..but it all seems foolish and I do not want to make a mistake again. It really hurts to believe something so passionately and base you life on it, and it was good, and then find it was false. I have became angry..at God, if God is even listening, and I have become pessimistic. I do not like what I have become. Just curious if there is anyone else out there who feels like me? I feel like I am the only one.
*also just a note to all those who dump on Christians..there are a lot of amazing Christians out there. Do not lump them all in the same group of crazy right wing conservative Christian, judgmental people. I have met and know many, who truly love God, people, and just want to do the right thing.
The thing of it is, both Fundy Christians and bitter Ex-Christians have misconceptions about the history of Christianity. The fact is, Christianity started out being a peaceful religion, and the Fundy brand of Christianity that is so common today did not exist until at least a few hundred years since the death of Jesus Christ - or even Catholicism, for that matter.
There are too many mistranslations of the Bible, including the infamous KJV Bible. Also, I question who was responsible for deciding which books should be part of the New Testament canon - because there are a number of books, including The Gospel of Thomas and The Gnostic Gospels, that have never made it into the New Testament canon.
Anyway, God loves everyone, regardless of what your faith is. Jesus never said that you had to be a Christian to do top heaven. He did encourage us to care for the needy, and show compassion to others, though.
Basically, it all boils down to this. Christianity is not for everyone - and there are many people who are not Christians, but are spiritual all the same. You really can't deny anyone's spiritual experiences. You don't necessarily have to be a Christian to have a close personal relationship with God. I lean more towards Christianity than any other faith, simply because it's the faith that I was brought up on. Still, spirituality can be found in all religious paths.
Wow! that is a real different take on 'things'..
She /He obviously really didn't love Jesus or God! This is just my opinion, I know
Ok! I have never been overly religious.. Jesus, has been in the very background of my life.. and God's presence I have always believed, is all around us...
Like this person.. I once had a really good life too.. and in the last few years, I have been reduced to so much sadness and have shed way too many tears.. In the last year or so, I have never been closer to Jesus.. Jesus has a strong presence in my life, now.. I had a bit of a Spiritual Awakening last summer in the deepest moment of sadness and emotion.. and if you read any of my posts in regards to Jesus, prior to about a year ago.. I may come across as being so non-chalant...
I am not a born again Christian... nothing like.. I just don't know really how Jesus' presence became so much stronger in my life.. Except, it's because of *Angels* and part of my Spiritual Awakening..
To describe 'the day' last summer... is summed up in so nicely, in *Pilot Speed's* song *Barely Listening* perfect description of 'this day, last summer'
I lye awake on this phone call
she's dreaming of better days
flowers lye on the counter
a reminder of better days
she sends a prayer up to Jesus
and asks him for his strength
and the night will go on bleeding
was it 'Faith' that paid the rent?
You nknow what's really funny? I used to call myself a Born-Again Christian, because that's the phrase that Protestants around me used - and they would always be talking about how important it is to be 'born again'. I wanted to think of myself as a good Catholic and Christian. Then I found out that being 'born again' is not really a Catholic concept - as least not in the same way as Protestents define the term. I'm even starting to question the conservative branch of Catholicism right now - even though I am definitely still a Christian. I have a real close and intimate relationship with Jesus Christ - and that is not going to change. It's also not Jesus' fault that some of His most ardent followers tout around His name to advocate hatred and intolerance. Jesus, in fact, had hung around sinners and other 'undesirables'. The only time Jesus ever spoke harshly, is when He was railing against the religious fanatics of His day. I think if Jesus was to return today, the Fundy Christians would not even recognize Him.
I sort of agree with the author's take on things. I means, Fundies of all three major Abrahamic religions can be rather exclusive - and intolerant of those who believe in other religions. That's why we have such problems with Fundy Christians in America (not Canada so much) - and problems with Fundy Muslims in the Middle East.
Yeah, that is one problem that I have with the Christian Right. They want to impose their morality onto everyone.
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