(Closed) NWR: Christians who converted from being non-religious – how did you do it?

posted 4 years ago in Christian
Post # 2
883 posts
Busy bee

I am Catholic but I never converted. I am very religious though. I think you really have to have a relationship with Christ in order to convert to Chrisitanity, since that is so central to Chrisitanity.

Post # 3
123 posts
Blushing bee

I have been a Christian all my life. I was raised a Christian, my parents were raised Christian, my grandparents, etc. I personally have had so many experiences that have happened to me that I know Jesus is real. I am currently having a battle with my tests for school, but feel confident that God will again allow me to be victorious.

I once had a minister’s wife said that although she has never seen Jesus he believes He is real, just like she has never seen her brain, but knows it is in her head.

Post # 4
123 posts
Blushing bee

I also believe that God does not need to prove His exsistence to us, it is us whom must prove that we trust and believe in Him.

Post # 5
7356 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

I’m curious as to why you’d want to be a Christian if you don’t believe some of the cornerstones of the faith. What’s your motivation?

Post # 7
5226 posts
Bee Keeper

laschai:  I recommend forgetting everything anyone has ever told you about Christians and Christianity. Get a good study bible. Start reading The New and old testament. Ask God to reveal himself to you.

ETA: So much of Christianity is faith. You aren’t going to know and understand everything. It is impossible to completely grasp infinite things with a finite mind. People come into problems when they try to put God in a box. Our knowledge is limited to the bible. His is not, and there is so much we won’t know until we get to the other side.

Also, some people will disagree with me, but avoid Christian teachers who are afraid of science. There is nothing to fear there. Personally, I feel like the people who understand the bible best are also people who can appreciate the science that makes up the world we were gifted with.

Post # 8
197 posts
Blushing bee

laschai:  I’m not sure you can. I was raised Christian, but I never really truly believed it. I really tried. I felt guilty for not believing it. But if it doesn’t make sense to you or the stories sound like fairytales, you can’t just suddenly decide that they are true any more than you can believe anything is true without evidence or reasoning. It is very much a faith thing. I’d like to second a PP who asked why do you want to change? Why try to believe in something you don’t believe in? I tried when I was younger but it was out of guilt and shame.  I am very happy today as an atheist and have come to accept there is nothing wrong with that. Why are you no longer happy with unitarian universalist?

Post # 11
701 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

laschai:  I’m agnostic, so not the answer you’re looking for.  I just wanted to add that you are not alone.  I tried to believe; I wish I could, but I can’t.  Don’t beat yourself up about it.  Faith is a very personal thing.

Post # 12
5543 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2011

I suggest finding a church whose theology you agree with and attending to decide if that is what you are willing/do believe. Or find a mentor who has beliefs you agree with (or don’t but can discuss them with you) and find out more. There many things denominations don’t agree on but most of it is”fluff” and there are honestly only a few “key” theological points and on those, a vast majority of Christian denominations do agree. 

I agree with the PP, a decent study Bible can also do wonders. There are a million versions,  the King James (one people hear quoted all the time with thee and thou and shall) is not super close to original source material and is hard to read so I suggest against it. The New International Version (NIV) is more reader friendly and a frequently used one. The Message is “translated” to the most modern type of speach but if you have some exposure to the Bible before you won’t necessarily recognize passages. English Standard (ESV) is another well used version, and my personal favorite is new American Standard (Nasb) but it isn’t quite as poetic sometimes as it was done a closer to a word for word translation instead of per sentence or ideas and the Hebrew and Greek doesn’t always flow the same once translated but it is regarded as highly accurate. Of course generally speaking other than versions that are intentionally translated to be modern,  all of the above versions have been found to be within about 5% difference than source materials and none of the changes were theological, mostly punctuation and such. 

The issue with the Bible is it isn’t arranged like a normal book so reading cover to cover is a hard place to start. My suggestion would be to start with something like John or Luke (New Testament  so back halfish) which are more narrative stories about the life of Jesus and His teaching. Then Matthew and Mark (which makes up the rest of the 4 Gospels, the books that talk specifically about Jesus as He was on Earth) would be a good next place. Romans is another great one in the New Testament that is mostly about key points of theology. Places to avoid on first read would be Numbers/Levitcus, all laws and census numbers, very dry, very confusing,  all the “Minor Prophets” in the second half of the Old Testament, very specific and again, confusing and Revelations, the very last book, it is highly symbolic and again, just hard to read and confusingly complex to start with. And again, a good study bible can guide you through the funky bits well.

Sorry for a wall of text! Just realized how long that got but I hope it is at least a little helpful.

Post # 13
2500 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

If you can’t/don’t believe that Jesus Christ is your saviour and that he died to save your sins then you cannot be a Christian. I’m sorry but it is the most fundamental belief of Christianity.

Post # 15
309 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

laschai:  What are you seeking? More involvement with a church/christians? Are you missing a ritual, or music or feeling of unity with others?

I have finally accepted that I am not going to become a Christian, as I can not agree with a few doctrines. I have studied the Bible, and some things speak to me. My Fiance is a Christian so I attend church with him and love the music/atmosphere. Luckily his church is both traditional and liberal so I feel welcome and at the same time do not feel like I dont belong. I do find many points  I agree with in the sermon and although I can not accept it all, I feel at home.

If you find a nice friendly church you might not need to make this leap and ‘convert’. ( I am of course not talking about some conservative, agressive ‘all or nothing’ sort of church).

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