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Oh I get that for sure. That's why I don't try to convince people to abandon their religious beliefs. Sure, I'll debate specific claims and arguments, but my intent is never to get a person to walk away from their religion. For a lot of people, their religious beliefs are a vital component of who they are as a person.
I participate in a couple of support groups for survivors of abuse, and I share my story of suffering childhood abuse in these groups. I also share my story of why I left Christianity, which has inspired other survivors of abuse to consider leaving Christianity as well. I've shared my stories on this site too. I never push another survivor of abuse to forsake their Christian faith, but I do let them know that it's possible and I talk to them about how much my life has improved since I renounced my faith. But I emphasize that the decision for them to renounce their faith is entirely up to them. I let them know that I would listen to them and offer them emotional support.
My belief in God and my Christian faith were deeply entrenched in my life when I was a Christian. I was a very devout Christian, and I denied anything that was contrary to what I had been taught about the Bible. I was taught that if I was going to be a "real Christian," then I had to believe that the Bible was inerrant and infallible. So, I learned to keep my doubts to myself because I knew that I would be shamed by other Christians for questioning God and expressing my doubts. And as I explained in my earlier post in this thread (click here to read the post), I never told anyone else while I was growing up about my unique abilities. In fact, I spent years willfully ignoring them because I knew what the Bible claimed about the subject and I was afraid of what other people would think of me. I won't go into further details about this again because I already explained it in my other post. I linked it, in case you want to read it.
Anyway, I stopped believing that the Bible is inerrant and infallible when I re-read it without being under the influence of my faith, and I realized that it contradicted itself in what it taught about many topics. And upon further study of the Bible, I no longer believe that it was divinely inspired by God, but rather its stories are copied from a few pagan religions that predate both it and Christianity. For the record, I've explained in detail why I believe that the stories in the Bible are copied from older pagan religions (click here). As I said, I left Christianity a little over a year and a half ago. I shared my experience of leaving it in my thread, Ex-Christians only: Why Did You Leave Christianity? (click here). You can read my post if you'd like to know why I renounced my faith and how difficult it was for me.