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I was a deeply devoted Christian (Southern Baptist) until I was 15 or 16 and left it. I went to neo-Paganism after that for awhile before drifting away and ultimately becoming agnostic.
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It was realizing the problems and errors from the neo-Pagan books I was reading and a part of the reason I left Christianity was the lies so I didn't appreciate these errors and lack of fact checking; I realized the problems with promoted amd endorsed practices like reading Tarot cards and Astrology; I realized I believed primarily for the comfort and that's not good enough of a reason to believe in something; I realized the reality that we humans can scarcely describe reality around us correctly, we don't necessarily take in the world correctly, we don't see things as they are, we don't hear things as they are so how can we perceive or understand something like a god? I have felt things and had spiritual experiences, and while it certainly felt real I am forced to acknowledge I really don't know what was going on.What made you decide on agnosticism as opposed to belief in gods?
What did you think of Nichiren Buddhism? I was a little turned off by the expectation of proselyting.
I did not previously cognize that about you. Quite the paradigm shift. Do you sometimes feel like you're lived 2 lifetimes in this one birth?I was born into a Southern Baptist family. I never joined the church, though, so I don't know how much of a Baptist you could really say I was, lol. Agnostic for a while, then vaguely interested in Gnosticism, then realized I'd been into Hinduism since I was child (after reading some books with Hindu protagonists), and just let what was meant to happen, happen. I am a Shakta Hindu and have been for...at least seven years now, maybe more. I don't remember exactly when I went from "interested in Hinduism" to "I'm actually a Hindu."
I did not previously cognize that about you. Quite the paradigm shift. Do you sometimes feel like you're lived 2 lifetimes in this one birth?
Indeed, some people have a difficult time doing that. I'm not sure why, but maybe it's because the term 'Hindu' still has some negative connotations out there. I'm currently assisting a person in his full conversion process via the namakarana samskara. He already did a legal name change. It will be interesting for me, as it's been 40 plus years since I did that. I have to 'educate' the priest here on the concept of an adult namakarana samskara. Most interesting thing I've done in awhile. But hey, it's our duty when someone, on their own volition, reaches out for some assistance.Sometimes, yes!
It's pretty wild when you think about it. But I was drawn in by Hinduism at age 11, and I think it was always meant to be, even if it did take me quite a while of getting to the point of actually calling myself a Hindu.
I kind of wish I was raised in it, so it wouldn't have been a fear thing and I could have drifted away gradually. I am not proud of being a fearful person and I sure wish I had done some research before I let my friends scare me with hell.Raised CofE, was skeptical by about 10, and basically been an atheist from soon after.
I wish I would have had more of that type of experience. I wasted a lot of time in a religion that was not ultimately for me.Raised Church of England (Anglican), spent a few months going to a Methodist church when i went to stay with relatives at around age 11 then back to CofE. Left at age 14 and over about 2 years became more and more distant from religion and more and more atheist.
I dunno...there is good and bad for it.I kind of wish I was raised in it, so it wouldn't have been a fear thing and I could have drifted away gradually. I am not proud of being a fearful person and I sure wish I had done some research before I let my friends scare me with hell.
Not so different from my story. Apart from being a French-speaking skull, of course.Raised Church of England (Anglican), spent a few months going to a Methodist church when i went to stay with relatives at around age 11 then back to CofE. Left at age 14 and over about 2 years became more and more distant from religion and more and more atheist.
I wish I would have had more of that type of experience. I wasted a lot of time in a religion that was not ultimately for me.
If you also include periods of time of even just an hour or 2 of intense and total focus/attention/devotion.... (because sometimes we do have something transcendent and wonderful we find and explore in just an hour or 2, and those can matter to change you in a lasting way...) Though most of these below were for much longer time (most of these for years or decades of time), let me include below one thing that was only a few hours.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?