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Discussion in 'General Religious Debates' started by Jimmy, May 1, 2021.

  1. Jimmy

    Jimmy Well-Known Member

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    What’s the biggest reason people leave religions?
    Is it:
    1. They disagree with the religions teachings?
    2. They believe that God doesn’t exist?
    3. They have found their own spiritual path?
    4. Other

    biggest for me is #3
     
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  2. The Hammer

    The Hammer White Wolf - kvite ulfh
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    For me it was all of the above at differing times.
     
  3. Salty Booger

    Salty Booger Royal Crown Cola (RC)

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    I suppose as a young man I was loosely associated with Christianity, being that it is part of the culture in which I was raised. I couldn't find complete satisfaction (spiritually) with my understanding of Christianity and have always walked a wide path. I now feel content with my spiritual understanding and believe I now have a better understanding of Christ and Christianity. I don't see myself as having left a religion but rather never had been extremely religious.

    My prayer is every moment that I savor, whether it be a cup of coffee in the morning or a Saturday afternoon watching people in the city. I am alive, healthy, and living life. What better gift?
     
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  4. MonkeyFire

    MonkeyFire Well-Known Member

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    I didn’t leave it as much as I am trying to save it.
     
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    I would say that for me 1. was how it started. It never sat right with me that homosexuality or other LGBT stuff was evil... I'd known people that were in committed, healthy marriages (17 years strong), and nothing about that seemed wrong to me. The concept of that sin didn't jive with me. o_O

    Other sins and behaviors of god in the bible bothered me to the point where I couldn't just ignore them anymore, so I sought answers to my questions. I began testing the bible's historicity and logicality, and then I discovered contradictions and other things that had no explanation outside of the bible being man made (as far as I was concerned)... I became convinced that even though god was real, and good, the bible didn't reflect god as the good and loving being I had come to know him as.

    With that, I began to explore other religions that also portrayed a merciful and loving monotheistic god. I became a seeker and sought after this idea of god.

    As time went on, I questioned my own idea of who god was, and whether or not god even existed, or whether or not god would even be good given the way nature would reflect his character. After finding no clear answer, I became an agnostic and explored other god concepts such as polytheism and pantheism. They weren't really for me, though, as they left me with the same questions my previous encounters with religions had left me.

    Eventually, I couldn't really find anything that could convince me that an actual god even existed, and I no longer really felt the need to follow or pursue gods, so I dropped religion altogether. Oddly enough, I've picked up some of my pagan practices because I feel that I dropped them before fully exploring them, so I still do things like runecrafting from time to time just for fun.

    I may join a different religion in the future, but if I do it will be on my terms rather than in seeking any kind of god. I can't see any ideas of god being convincing enough for me to become theistic anytime soon, but we'll see! I still try keeping an open mind about things. :D
     
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  6. Jimmy

    Jimmy Well-Known Member

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    I asked the biggest
    Unless there all big for ya
     
  7. The Hammer

    The Hammer White Wolf - kvite ulfh
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    I don't think any religious switch should be anything but big.
     
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  8. Evangelicalhumanist

    Evangelicalhumanist "Truth" isn't a thing...
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    Love truth, hate being lied to.
     
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  9. Jimmy

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    Thanks for sharing.
    to me God is infinite space. It’s the only thing I think is deserving of the name god. It’s far out stuff, literally lol
     
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  10. Jimmy

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    Not talking about switch talking about reason
     
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    For me I think it was a combination of #1 and forging my own spiritual path.
     
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    Unveiled Artist You are safe

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    1 then 3. 2 is a default. I never have, so the God concept when I was christian was a distraction. For lack of better words. So when I say god, it's a label for anything religious put under that label.
     
  13. Jimmy

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    I’ll take that as a #1
     
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    I think once somebody finds number three the rest don’t really matter. As far as the teachings go I was raised to not hate so I didn’t have a problem with any of that. Sadly I guess I can see where someone might hate their whole life because they read it in a book.
     
  15. Evangelicalhumanist

    Evangelicalhumanist "Truth" isn't a thing...
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    :You can take it that way if you want, but that's not what I mean.
     
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    I feel that the time I left was when I stopped caring about the traditional notion of hindu deities. I still believed in them, but differently. Then I stopped believing completely about a year back.
     
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    As you know i changed the religious belief a few time. The biggest change was from Buddhism to Islam(Sufism)( with a look into Falun Gong inbetween)
    The reason for my convertion was due to coming to a point as a Buddhist where i could not learn any deeper wisdom ( i did not reach Enlightenment)

    Sufism do feel like the right faith.
     
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  18. Jimmy

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    I hear ya. For me it was reality that woke my mind not a book.
     
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  19. Jimmy

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    Wish u the best with Sufism
     
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  20. Twilight Hue

    Twilight Hue The gentle embrace of twilight has become my guide

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    As comfortable and nice as it was, I just don't want to live in a rose colored stained glass house anymore.

    Fantastical Religion was certainly alive in my mind alright and it felt real good, but it conflicted with reality too much to the point that I started to think it wasn't very healthy to stay with the fantasy and puppetry.
     
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