(Closed) Do you ever wish you were a Christian?

posted 8 years ago in Secular
Post # 17
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I miss the tight knit Catholic community I had when I was growing up… but aside from that, no.  :

Post # 18
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@Kant: Ah, ok. Yeah, I totally 100% get this. 🙂

Post # 19
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@atalante:  Haha okay, that’s a more concise way of saying what I was trying to say! Clearly I am not doing well with words today 😛

Post # 20
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Busy bee

I’m a bad/lapsed Catholic and I’m not sure what I believe. Every now and then, I get the urge to become Mormon and I have no idea why lol.

Post # 21
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

i went through a period shortly after Darling Husband1 passed where i desperately wished i had some kind of belief so that i could KNOW beyond a shadow of a doubt that he still IS, somewhere.  but, like most of you have realized, you can want it and wish for it till the cows come home, but if you don’t have it, you just don’t have it.  i’ve kind of made peace with it.  i think a part of me does believe there’s something after this life and he’s found it, even if he’s no longer cohesively HIM.  i suppose, if nothing else, i’ve learned not to fear death any more.

i never wished for it to fit in though.  that was never an issue…as a kid, the area i grew up in was a fair mix of christian and agnostic (unfortunately there wasn’t really any diversity beyond that).  later i lived in a predominantly apostolic lutheran area and NO WAY am i down for that.  no offense to anyone of that faith, but it’s definitely not for me, to fit in or otherwise.

Post # 22
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

actually, i should say that the agnostics in the area i grew up in were more “christian-lite” or “religious agnostic”…like i’m sure if they stopped and looked at it critically, they’d know they didn’t really believe the stuff, but they went through the motions anyway and generally didn’t judge those who didn’t.

Post # 23
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

Nope, never. I don’t believe in god, nor do I want to because I do not believe that he/she/it exists in any way, shape or form. I guess I’m lucky in that I’ve never really been made to feel like an outcast because of my beliefs, atleast by those who matter anyway. Thankfully both of our families are not religious in the slightest (well, except for our grandmothers who we see every few years) and while some of our friends are, they respect our (lack of) beliefs as long as we respect theirs. 

ETA: By “we” I mean Darling Husband and I since we’re both non-believers. 

Post # 25
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

No, not to fit in anyway. I have always admired people’s (not just Christians) religious certainty, how they don’t doubt it. I’m agnostic and though I’ve researched a lot about many different religions, I wouldn’t ever be able to accept one set of beliefs outright. A bit jealous of people that are sure of what they believe, I guess. Even out and out athiests. They have that certainty that I lack.

Post # 26
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Things would be easier, esp. with FI’s family, but I guess I’ve never wished I was a Christian. I really enjoyed the youth group I participated in and I appreciate that the religion I grew up in (UCC) was very open to personal interpretation of the Bible, but I really value the path that led me to believing/not believing what I do now. 

While it can be awkward when people find out I’m an atheist (I don’t hide it, but I also don’t broadcast it) I think it is important because it helps people become more accepting of things different than themselves. 

@kate169: I can’t imagine working in your environment. It would bother me and I think I would have the same feelings as you.

I also agree that life might be simpler as a Christian.  

Post # 27
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Sure… but I’d also love to ride a unicorn to my job making pixie dust in a marshmallow cloud castle… but that ain’t gonna happen.

Post # 28
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I’m seconding @missrobots plug for the Unitarian Universalist Church. I don’t go on a regular basis, but if you want a non-judgemental community of people who are more bound by their commitment to do good in this world than by doctrinal points of the world after this one…you want the UUs. Totes OK to be agnostic or atheist there.

Post # 30
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 1997

I am sorry so many of you express the loss of “community” that going to a church can provide. However, I do believe that if you look around that you can find that “community” feeling it just may take some time.

I know some people would consider the Secular Humanism or Utilitarianism beliefs to be acceptable. I personally think that it is not religion that is important, but respect for people that is important.

I would strongly suggest that anyone that feels they are harassed by the “Christian” concepts. To tell the people that are trying to force it on you that you are fine without their religion and that it is inappropriate at the work place to be discussing or send “GODLY” comments to others. You want to respect them but it is hard when they do not respect your rights to a nonreligious work place.

 

 

Post # 31
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

I’ve thought about it once or twice, hell when I was younger I even TRIED to believe, but couldn’t. It’s not who I am, and I’d rather be true to myself than fit in 🙂

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