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Featured What religions have you belonged to in your life?

Discussion in 'Comparative Religion' started by Sand Dancer, Sep 25, 2022.

  1. Sand Dancer

    Sand Dancer Crazy Cat Lady

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    I know many people change religions in life and I was curious what y'all's experiences have been. I was just a basic Theist when I was a kid. God was a kindly man with a beard looking down at me from the clouds smiling. I like and miss that view of him. I was a Christian for 28 years, became agnostic, atheist, Baha'i, Pagan, Quaker (still Christian but just different and nice, IMO), Unitarian Universalist, toyed with LDS (not LSD), Buddhist, and probably more that I am not thinking about. What about you?
     
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  2. Left Coast

    Left Coast The Fabulous
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    Evangelical/Baptist, then Catholic. Now agnostic with Buddhist and Taoist sympathies.
     
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  3. The Hammer

    The Hammer Wyrd Wide Web
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    Nothing.... Then Catholicism... Afterwards Pagan w/Taoist leanings
     
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  4. The Sum of Awe

    The Sum of Awe Brought to you by the moment that spacetime began.

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    I've played around with a lot of worldviews in my life, but in true belief I was raised a Christian until around age 12, became an atheist, fell into nihilism around 15, and then at age 22 started becoming more spiritual pantheistic.
     
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  5. JustGeorge

    JustGeorge Unknown Member
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    I was raised Christian, and discovered Paganism in my teens. I identified as Pagan for most of my adult life, but in my early 30s, I had some experiences with a Hindu deity and realized my leanings were more Hindu.
     
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  6. Vinayaka

    Vinayaka devotee
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    agnostic/atheist as a child, and slightly into young adulthood, then Hinduism ... that's it.
     
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  7. MikeF

    MikeF Proponent of RAEism
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    Born into Irish Catholic family. We moved away from the extended families for fathers work, then parents divorced. Mother stopped going to church due to stigma of being a divorcée and distanced from extended family/support. No religion except when visiting extended family until my teen years when father and stepmother became Unitarian Universalists and we (the kids) began to go regularly to UU service with them.

    I was religiously skeptical as a pre-teen and have been firmly atheist/non-religious since then.
     
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  8. Truth in love

    Truth in love Well-Known Member

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    I’ve been a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints for many years. I’ve spent several years talking to people of various beliefs. I find a lot of good in many different beliefs.
     
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  9. InChrist

    InChrist Free4ever

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    I was raised in Catholicism. In my mid-twenties explored Eastern religions and philosophies and Unity. Then converted to Mormonism in my later twenties. Left the LDS church after a few years and began getting involved with the Worldwide Church of God, but never joined. Finally and thankfully I was saved by Jesus Christ and born again to new eternal life. Entirely different than religion.
    Jesus is completely sufficient enough.
     
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  10. Dawnofhope

    Dawnofhope Veteran Member
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    I was raised Christian, was somewhat agnostic in my teens, reconnected with my Christian roots through evangelical Christianity in my early twenties. I quickly became dissatisfied and explored Buddhism, Hinduism and atheism. I eventually became a Baha'i and have stuck with it for the last few decades.
     
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  11. Trailblazer

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    I was not raised in any religion or with a belief in God. I discovered the Baha'i Faith during my first year of college and I have been a Baha'i for about 52 years now, since December 28, 1970.
     
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  12. rational experiences

    rational experiences Well-Known Member

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    As a child forced to go to Catholic church. Until persistence of money was a parent rethink...
    .. we were poor..my father a drunk as was the priest. To leave by parents permission.

    I had lots of religious experiences with friends....Jehovah witness teachings told...new age revivalist meeting....didn't go back scared I would be struck dead for not believing in God.

    Mormon friends....talks with Jehovah visitors. Read about Buddhism my niece's were in a retreat overseas.

    Believed in various ideas given by my experience about best type of human relationships on earth with nature family...read a lot of native indian sayings. Visited many times with ex spiritualist minister.

    Books the mainstay of my advice to choose good ideas from a many human families experience..
     
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  13. Aupmanyav

    Aupmanyav Be your own guru

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    Hinduism, and I am still a Hindu. Only that I changed from being a theist to a strong atheist. Which does not matter, since Hinduism has space even for an atheist. That is what I will remain in future in the few remaining years of my life - an Atheist Hindu following Advaita (non-duality).
     
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  14. Aupmanyav

    Aupmanyav Be your own guru

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    @JustGeorge, how come you are having an extended birthday. We have already congratulated you on the occasion. Are you sort of born again? :D
     
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  15. JustGeorge

    JustGeorge Unknown Member
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    I've reincarnated as a chicken guy... that's really me in the picture. :p (Not really. :D )

    (I think it takes an hour or two for it to drop the birthday announcement, for some reason.)
     
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  16. Mock Turtle

    Mock Turtle Hi, fellow primates AND overlords!
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    Christian by default until I started to question the very existence of so many other beliefs as a child. Then atheist, and finally agnostic. :oops:
     
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  17. muhammad_isa

    muhammad_isa Well-Known Member

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    I was raised a Christian {default: Church of England], here in the UK.
    I travelled around a lot in my early years due to my parents divorcing
    when I was 16.
    I discovered Islam in Birmingham UK in my 20's, and have never looked back since.
    I have been to Saudi [Macca and Medina] twice, and am now 69. :)
     
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  18. metis

    metis aged ecumenical anthropologist

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    Christianity and Judaism.
     
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  19. pearl

    pearl Well-Known Member

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    Methodist to Catholic
     
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  20. syo

    syo Well-Known Member

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    Christian Orthodox -> Atheist -> Pagan.
     
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