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

posted 8 years ago in Secular
Post # 62
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

@yanamari:  Christianity makes a lot of sense, historically and logically.

Can you elaborate? I very strongly disagree with this statement.

Post # 63
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2013

You never have to wish you were a Christian.  Believing in God is a choice.  Look all around you.  The walk that Christians have is not easier by far we just have hope that Jesus Christ has promised us in Heaven.  I’m sorry if the Christians you worm with make you feel left out.  What state do you live in? Where do you work? Regardless I’d you believe in God or not He still loves you.  Believing is just a simply choice we all must make.

Post # 64
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

Uh, I used to. I was raised in a small town where the majority was either Christian or Mormon. I’ve read the bible multiple times and tried to believe. I know the bible better than some of my religious friends. I still think that it would be easier to just believe in God. I think it would be comforting to believe that everything happens for a reason, and to have a higher power to find comfort in.

Before I was on my meds for anxiety, I used to be really obsessive about this. I’d freak out about what would happen when I’d die, etc. Now it never crosses my mind. I’ll die when I die, and there won’t be an afterlife because I don’t believe in souls. 

I’m at a point in my life now where I find comfort in my Atheism. I find comfort in science. I find comfort in cold hard facts, backed up by repeated studies that continue to change as we learn more about the universe. I can say with complete conviction that the feeling of comfort and safety I feel from learning about Physics, Neuroscience, Biology, etc. does not remotely compare to the complete skepticism I felt when reading the bible. 

 

Post # 65
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

As a Christian, I will say I get a lot of comments about it. If something good happens I will give glory to God and then I’ll get looks, laughs, etc.  I don’t say ‘God is so good’ out loud to rub it in people’s faces that I believe, but I say it because it’s true to me and I’m not ashamed of my beliefs. 

As for atheists, agnostics, etc… I don’t care what you believe or don’t believe because to me you are all equal. It really is about love. It’s not about going to church every Sunday, donating to the poor, wearing conservative clothing, etc. I mean, yes, those things are considered good to some people but it’s not about that. It’s not about telling a gay person ‘You’re going to Hell!’ infact, I’ll be the first to tell you that with any religion you will find hypocracy. It’s about LOVING every person you meet, despite their actions. Because, afterall, the Bible says “A sin is a sin.”  And IF a Christian believes a gay person is sinning, and they judge that person, they are sinning equally.

I don’t judge people, I aim to love people.

Post # 66
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@kate169:  Been there and no, never wish to go back to that. 

Post # 67
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I was raised up in a very lefty and open-minded family (as in, my mother took me to all the temples, churches, cathedrals, mosques, synagogues etc when I was little) and no, I don’t wish I am christian, although I am very familiar with feminist theologians and feminist christian academics’ writings and appreciate their role in challening the male-norms.

Sometimes I do wish I am Muslim though. Muslim friends of mine who have gone to the Mecca, and the experience that they related, both spiritual and purely as a tourist of the city of Mecca make me feel wistful.

I am a staunch card carrying feminist though, and so is my husband, so I guess sometimes when the overall society feels like a big patriarchal conglomeration, I feel like I belong to a worthy, small cult with my husband and other feminist friends!

Post # 68
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@bluespinach:  I was raised Christian, was HEAVILY involved until 24 (ie studying graduate theology with the intention of becomming a long term missionary type involvement). Now a proudly feminist agnostic! The way your mother raised you is how I would love to raise my children. 

Post # 69
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

@farawayviolet:  hehe, my husband was a devout Catholic when he grew up and also had similar idea as yours re career path, then he joined a Catholic youth mission work experience in his teens and became disillusioned (that and reading Simone de Beauvoir’s memoir!). I must confess that my mother was a free spirit (she was a poet, and dressed me like a hippy child, in the early 1990s) and enjoyed arguing with the pastors and the like on theological points. All I could remember though was that the food at those places were GREAT Laughing

Post # 70
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

The only time I wanted to be a Christian was when I was a kid and my friends went to Scripture Union camp and got lots of presents and I couldn’t go.

Other than that, I’m quite happy being an atheist/humanist. It suits me perfectly.

Post # 71
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Bee Keeper

Sometimes I think it would be much more comforting to really believe that life came with an instruction manual with all the answers, and a big giant super-daddy to make sure everyone got what they deserved.

But then I think part of being an adult is feeling the scariness of reality, and rolling with it anyway.

Post # 72
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

happily an atheist ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 73
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@bluespinach:  It is interesting. I’ve heard a number of people leave once they start to study theology at a higher level, because it means you can no longer ignore certain things, or twist things as easily.

Post # 74
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@bluespinach:  “Sometimes I do wish I am Muslim though.”

That makes me so happy! ๐Ÿ™‚

To answer the OP, no, I don’t wish I was a Christian.  I’m proudly Muslim, although it was pretty difficult growing up the the Bible Belt in East Texas, so I understand not fitting in! I was constantly told that I was going to hell, even by teachers! I was lucky though, as it taught me resiliance.  My family is Muslim, incredibly liberal, and ultra feminist, so they set a pretty good example of not taking any shit! ๐Ÿ™‚   

Post # 75
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Helper bee

I’m a Christian!  I want to be, therefore I am lol ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 76
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I’m Catholic, but Aethiests have a pretty tight knit community! They’re all around me, especially in NY!

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