Have your religious views changed throughout your life or have they always been relatively consistent?
I denounce Christianity and became Pagan about 20 years ago.
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.
Christian --> Atheist
That's not to say that ALL religious people are hypocrites, but some don't practice what they preach.
That's very true.
As I got older, I realized that the biggest hypocrits are the so called "religious" ones.
Catholic to atheist.
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.
Atheist from the day I was born.
Agnostic to Christian.
Dramatic and complete transition.
Generic Protestant => Wicca => Christian, nondenominational follower of Christ.
Pretty consistent, the only change is that my faith has gotten even stronger in Christ
If you do the research you'll learn that Christianity is modified sun worship.
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.
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...
Raven, we are discussing history, not theology.
Go look up the eastern mystery religions.
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.
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).
No, sacrificial atonement is not unique to Christianity.
Neither is resurrection.
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
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.
Yes, we do.
In the history of Christianity, never does it say that Christianity is modified sun worship.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Christian to Atheist.
Always agnostic. Actions of religious nuts makes me move towards atheism...
CINO>agnostic>shrug>spiritually born Christian
Atheist --> Pandeist --> Quaker
Very spiritual Christian to atheist.
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.
Sounds like my story!
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!
Apostolic Lutheran - pandeist - who knows what the hell it was - agnostic
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.
I used to be unsure now I'm an agnostic-atheist
Catholic to agnostic atheist
I excommunicated the Catholic church at the age of 14. Became a devote agnostic.
What did you do?
I figured I would get them before they got me.
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.
Used to be Christian.
Now I'm agnostic.. Sometimes I think about identifying as pantheist, but I don't know.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
Haven't read it. Sounds interesting.
How nice that you were born into the one true sect of the one true religion
Is there a problem?
What religion political?
Of course there's a non-problem that has been a consistent problem since time immemorial.
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