Post # 1
For those who now believe something entirely different from how you were raised, what sparked that and why did you choose how you did? Have you experienced any backlash from others or do you choose not to share those beliefs with anyone?
Post # 3
I was born & (mostly) raised a catholic. Nothing life altering changed my opinion, but as I got older, the more information I took in, the more I learned about different religions in general, the more it made sense that I wasn’t a Catholic. I now float between Atheist & Agnostic. I dunno… it just seemed to make sense to me.
Post # 4
I was raised Christian, and that has never changed. I was however raised Episcopalian, and converted to being a Mormon at like age 18. None of my family is Mormon. It is quite a change, but I’ve never stopped believing in Christ 🙂
Post # 5
I was basically raised the same as I believe now: non-denominational Christian. My family never went to church, not even like Easter or X-mas services but we were raised believing in God and Jesus Christ.
I tried going to church for a little bit as a teenager but never felt like I got a lot out of it. My relationship is a much more individual and personal thing. So now I still don’t go to church but I consider myself a Christian, believe in God and Jesus, and pray.
Post # 6
We were pretty much raised Southern Baptists, but were free to visit other churches or even not go once we got old enough to drive. Religion was never really pushed in our family though. My sister is now an Episcopalian and tends to look down on other people who don’t go to church. Like I said in the other thread, I’m more spiritual than religious. I don’t follow a specific religion (denomination really) and basically have my own beliefs that kind of go with a bunch of Christian denominations.
Post # 7
I was raised Catholic and went to Catholic school, where I had church and religion class every day. The fact that I spent so much time pouring over the bible made me realize just how made up it all sounded, and I started questioning my beliefs. Then going into public school and no longer having to be suffocated by the church, I realized that I didn’t really believe any of it. SO I am now an atheist
Post # 8
@MrsSl82be: That’s pretty much exactly me except I never went to a public school.
Post # 9
I was raised in an extremely conservative Christian household by my grandparents.
While I am still a Seventh-day Adventist I often find myself a lot more open minded and approachable in my beliefs than my grandparents. While the old ways are about judgments and harshness I find it is a lot easier to embrace people with love and acceptance regardless of any differences…my grandparents strongly disagree and it has been a bone of contention.
Post # 10
@.twist.: we moved when I was 11, and one of my “conditions” was that I went to a public school. I flat out refused, and since my parents were now paying a mortgage and a lot more bills (lived in a family house that was paid for before we moved) they conceeded to let me and my brother go to public school
Post # 11
My family never talked about religion or went to church. The only religion I had growing up was in the form of bible stories my mum read to me. She also read me the myths of all sorts of other cultures too (the Greek ones were my favourite!), so I didn’t put much weight on the bible stories.
I then attended a Mennonite high school where they tried to convert me to Christianity. This forced me to have a good hard look at my beliefs and eventually I decided that I am an atheist.
Post # 12
I was raised Christian, but never really felt a connection to the religion. I hated going to church and didn’t really believe in any of it. I began to consider myself agnostic when I was in my mid-teens and still identify myself as such. My family still makes comments about how I need to pray, go back to church, etc. but I shrug it off.
Post # 13
My parents were married in a Methodist church and we went there when I was little. Then they switched when I was in kindergarten and we went to a United Church of Christ church. As I mentioned in the other thread, I was very active in the church, went to sunday school, youth group, and mission trips. The thing about the UCC church is that it is very open and allows you to make your own decisions about what you believe and how you interpret the bible. So growing up, my church encouraged me to ask questions and really discover the religion and believe what I wanted to.
I’ve always been interested in different religions, so in college I took several religion classes, but I didn’t go to church. I would attend services of different religions here and there and I also read A LOT. I really got into the history of religion which led me to question the exisitence of God/gods.
Eventually, I just came to the conclusion that I just didn’t believe.
I still go with my parents to church on Christmas and Easter if I am in town. They know I don’t go to church, and I’m curious about different religions, but I don’t think they know that I’m an atheist.
Post # 14
I was raised Catholic but lately have been gravitating more towards Buddhist beliefs. They make more sense to me and give me the sense of calm that I expected to get from being Catholic. I still go to church on Christmas and Easter, but I can’t say it makes me feel a whole lot. I’d much rather read my Buddha books and try to be a good person, if that makes sense. I knew as a young child that being Catholic was not 100% my thing but it meant a lot to my parents, so I went to church with them.
Post # 15
I was raised Baptist but I’ve pulled out of attending organized religion. My beliefs are still there but the pressures of the church body (who are just human, after all :)) was too much for me to take in HS, and I quit going when I went to college. Haven’t gotten back into it and I consider myself more non-denominational now.
Post # 16
I was raised in the church of “be nice to people and don’t speak with your mouth full”. (Sex and the City fans anyone?)I was given a colorful, children’s Bible growing up, not because anyone was trying to teach me about Christ or salvation, but just as something that I might want to know about. As a twenty-something adult I have my heart to Christ. No one had ever truly told me personally about Christ and what He desires for His children. Thanks to my Darling Husband, I can now declare that Jesus Christ is Lord of all!