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NateE June 10th, 2014 10:22pm

Have your religious views changed throughout your life or have they always been relatively consistent?

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tokala
06/12/14 3:46 pm

I denounce Christianity and became Pagan about 20 years ago.

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ScrewU Gone
06/12/14 7:57 am

I can honestly say I had an epiphany in combat away from organized religion (opposite of the usual). I still believe in a creator, but it was quite apparent that the laws of physics and chance were in control.

www.deism.org

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DarkPrincess In my hiding place
06/12/14 4:17 am

Yes.

Christian --> Atheist

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Not2L8
06/12/14 12:28 am

That's not to say that ALL religious people are hypocrites, but some don't practice what they preach.

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Not2L8
06/12/14 12:24 am

As I got older, I realized that the biggest hypocrits are the so called "religious" ones.

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drewseph17 San Francisco
06/12/14 12:15 am

Catholic to atheist.

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Zod Above Pugetropolis
06/11/14 10:23 pm

The same on the inside since I was very young. Different on the outside for a time at the direction of the parental units, a clue if there ever was one that the whole thing is a sham.

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fredd TrumpLand
06/11/14 10:20 pm

Atheist from the day I was born.

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FIAT2LUX On Planet Earth
06/11/14 8:34 pm

Agnostic to Christian.

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citethesource Socialist and Atheist
06/11/14 7:55 pm

Dramatic and complete transition.

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2katz I live in Nebraska
06/11/14 7:45 pm

Generic Protestant => Wicca => Christian, nondenominational follower of Christ.

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116brother
06/11/14 7:31 pm

Pretty consistent, the only change is that my faith has gotten even stronger in Christ

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vin woof
06/11/14 4:59 pm

If you do the research you'll learn that Christianity is modified sun worship.

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citethesource Socialist and Atheist
06/11/14 7:57 pm

No, it's an eastern mystery religion mixing elements of various ancient religions with Judaism. One of the pieces is sun worship, but a piece of most religions can possibly be traced back to ancient sun worship.

raven1247
06/11/14 8:06 pm

Your both wrong. Christianity is the belief that Jesus Christ has already come down to earth and died for our sins. Judaism believes that Jesus was merely a prophet and that Jesus hasn't come yet. Citethesource, please try and live up to your...

raven1247
06/11/14 8:07 pm

...Username!

citethesource Socialist and Atheist
06/11/14 8:15 pm

Raven, we are discussing history, not theology.

Go look up the eastern mystery religions.

FIAT2LUX On Planet Earth
06/11/14 8:38 pm

It's a Poodle, therefore it descended from a Dingo. Really? Just because it shares similar pieces doesn't mean it descended from it. Correlation =/= causation or complete connection.

Blunderbuss Dont blink.
06/11/14 10:42 pm

While Christianity perhaps distinguishes itself via the sacrificial atonement and resurrection, there are indeed Christian practices, traditions, holy days that absorbed non-Judaic & non-Messianic elements (typically considered "Pagan" in etiology).

citethesource Socialist and Atheist
06/11/14 10:44 pm

No, sacrificial atonement is not unique to Christianity.

Blunderbuss Dont blink.
06/11/14 11:12 pm

Agreed. I didn't say only or unique, but that those are distinguishing characteristics (which may be shared in other belief systems). In Christianity, the distinction is that those acts were completed by Jesus of Nazareth, the Christ. In my original

Blunderbuss Dont blink.
06/11/14 11:16 pm

post I was working on a clearer statement that Christianity is about JESUS' sacrifice, not just any sacrifice. But I was trying to not go over 250 characters & the result was lack of clarity. In the main I think we agree it's a syncretized religion.

raven1247
06/12/14 7:19 am

In the history of Christianity, never does it say that Christianity is modified sun worship.

Pumpkin127
06/11/14 8:05 am

Religion has always been a big question for me. My parents took me to church but allowed me to make my own choices about it, which I'm really thankful for. For a while I was agnostic, but I now identify mostly as episcopalian.

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Pumpkin127
06/11/14 8:06 am

I like the point of Christianity, just not how some people go about using Christianity to be ignorant and bigoted. I'm usually embarrassed to admit that I'm Christian because then people assume I hate non-straights and women's rights and whatnot.

citethesource Socialist and Atheist
06/11/14 7:59 pm

My friends and I have a saying about Episcopalians: There are two kinds of Episcopalians, those that believe in God and those that don't.

I tend to like the Episcopal Church. Social justice is a big piece of many of their liberal churches.

Pumpkin127
06/11/14 9:02 pm

Lol it's totally true though :) what I really like about the episcopal church is that it's so traditional but it's also really liberal. I have a woman priest and there are a bunch of non-straights in the choir and everyone is totally down with it.

BryanK OK
06/11/14 4:47 am

Christian to Atheist.

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kc10
06/11/14 12:18 am

Always agnostic. Actions of religious nuts makes me move towards atheism...

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SugarShaq
06/10/14 7:04 pm

CINO>agnostic>shrug>spiritually born Christian

skinner Jersey City
06/10/14 6:55 pm

Atheist --> Pandeist --> Quaker

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bMyComrade Stumptown
06/10/14 5:11 pm

Very spiritual Christian to atheist.

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bMyComrade Stumptown
06/11/14 8:12 pm

I just started doubting everything and realized I didn't have a sense of belief, I had a want to believe. Nothing in me believes in god. It took years before I accepted that everything I respect most about myself said it was time to stop trying.

raven1247
06/12/14 7:14 am

I encourage you to believe the truth, because what is inside you is sin that is telling you that Christianity is false. Don't let the devil mislead you!

thewheel
06/10/14 4:33 pm

Apostolic Lutheran - pandeist - who knows what the hell it was - agnostic

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smacc DunningKruger
06/10/14 3:44 pm

Confirmed as a child but never really convinced. Spent some time I a Christian group in high school mostly for its social nature. Very good people. I just don't believe in any organized religion.

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tenletters New York
06/10/14 3:41 pm

I used to be unsure now I'm an agnostic-atheist

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Statek Im from the Internet
06/10/14 3:40 pm

Catholic to agnostic atheist

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rons WOKE is sick
06/10/14 3:35 pm

I excommunicated the Catholic church at the age of 14. Became a devote agnostic.

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rons WOKE is sick
06/10/14 4:58 pm

I figured I would get them before they got me.

meaning Red Stick
06/10/14 3:35 pm

Going by definitions, I am agnostic and I've grown from being positive there is a higher power to not being so sure. I still live about the same though and my general philosophy on dealing with people hasn't changed all that much.

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HayleyS looking up.
06/10/14 3:35 pm

Used to be Christian.
Now I'm agnostic.. Sometimes I think about identifying as pantheist, but I don't know.

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OhTheIrony Learning from you
06/11/14 7:40 pm

I love pantheism, but I'm just identifying myself as a secular humanist right now. Everything else has some connotation associated with it that I don't like.

HayleyS looking up.
06/11/14 7:43 pm

Yeah that's what keeps me from calling myself that.
While it technically describes rather accurately the way I feel, people attach things to it that don't fit me.

EnderWiggin So disillusioned...
06/10/14 3:29 pm

Born Catholic, and a meandering journey later I'm a Daoist. Still believe there's something, but it is wholly unknowable so why do we bother pretending and end up killing one another over nothing.

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Blunderbuss Dont blink.
06/11/14 10:47 pm

My 2?, not that you asked: I don't think "wholly unknowable" fits for me. I would say, though, that the wholeness is not knowable (for now).

EnderWiggin So disillusioned...
06/11/14 11:34 pm

As long as we are trapped in these timespace meat puppets, do you think we can fathom even a teensy piece of what reality really is? With these seriously blunted 5 senses we have? With only a linear experience of time?
Not while we live.

EnderWiggin So disillusioned...
06/11/14 11:37 pm

Afterward, a huge "maybe". But it takes a lot of return trips, and all of our collected experiences interacting with one another, comingling, to even begin to scratch the surface.

Blunderbuss Dont blink.
06/11/14 11:57 pm

Yes, I think we can identify teensy, the teensiest, elements. It is our fleeting consciousness of these elements that point to and imply our utter inability to comprehend more than the shadows and echoes of what Is.

EnderWiggin So disillusioned...
06/12/14 12:08 am

So we agree then ;) it's unknowable.

Ever read Flatland? To realize a circle is a shadow of a sphere, and a sphere is a shadow of a 4D sphere... was enlightening.

Blunderbuss Dont blink.
06/12/14 12:26 am

Haven't read it. Sounds interesting.

Statek Im from the Internet
06/10/14 3:39 pm

How nice that you were born into the one true sect of the one true religion

political Georgia
06/10/14 3:43 pm

Is there a problem?

raven1247
06/11/14 8:08 pm

What religion political?

FIAT2LUX On Planet Earth
06/11/14 8:41 pm

Of course there's a non-problem that has been a consistent problem since time immemorial.

NateE Moderate Republican
06/10/14 3:27 pm

Mine have changed. I believe and then I'm not sure and then back to believing again. I've never completely thought their wasn't a god though. I've been more consistent lately. It's been years since I wasn't sure