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How did you come to hold your religious belief?
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38 / M / Small Wooded town...
Posted 7/8/09 , edited 7/8/09
How did you become a Atheist/theist/agnostic/deist/other?
How old wer you?
Wen did you learn about it?
Did you convert from another ideal?

My story... To me religion never made sence. As I was growing up I never was forced to believe in anything, at that my mother and father are religous but in the same time they did not go to church there more of a Deist family.
My best friend was a Christian head to toe... He took the bible as the true and only pure words of god. he have me go to church with him all the time back wen we both went to school together.
as always there Ideals of god made little sence to me but at that time, I did not talk about religioun at all, it was not to much later wen I even started to relize you know what I am An Atheist. I Never believed in a god, and Its always seem like people are trying to force them selfs to believe what there told in the church.

(what a borring story I had was it not..)
(Now what is your tail.)

If you have time.

heer is a few other people And there stories.

atheist stories.

Christian stories.

Jew stories.

Muslim stories.

Druid stories.

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Posted 7/8/09 , edited 7/12/09
Well I always believed in a God but I never had any specific religion, because my parents don't have one. We have alot of Shinto traditions, but it's more cultural than religious. A couple years ago I started getting really interested in spirituality and studied alot of religions, but I think from early on I had the idea that it was impossible for one specific religion to be right by itself. I studied Gandhi's religious beliefs in school and his ideas made the most sense, and he was the best role model for humans I'd ever seen. Your religion really doesn't matter, they are all right, but at the same time all religions are easily corrupted, so if you adhere to one you need to make sure morality and rationality comes first. If religion is put before rationality and morality, it becomes something destructive and a serious problem for mankind, which it has become.

If there was a higher power, which I logically determined there probably is, the most it could expect from us is to have good morals and behaviour. Saying all people are expected to have one certain religion is just ridiculous and something only an insane God would expect, and God probably is benevolent. So agnostic deist was the best way to go for me, and I think I finally came to that conclusion last year.
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24 / M / England
Posted 7/8/09 , edited 7/8/09
I never cared about God. I was raised into a christian family that tried to make me christian (and still does despite the fact that i have made it very clear about my religious opion). For a while of my life i believed what i was told by my elders, that there was a God and if you followed him you would be rewarded in the afterlife. When i got to around 13 i really started thinking about religions and i began to wonder if there was actually a God. I looked at my life and the lives of some of my friends, and many other things that i saw/heard about and i decided that no God could or does exist. I have been and athiest ever since and that will not change.
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I was raised in a Christian home, but when I was around 14 I chose atheism and other beliefs. I saw hypocrisy in churches and I thought Christianity was a flawed faith. Later in life, a little over a year and a half ago, I came back to the truth in Christ and became a Christian by my own choice.
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Posted 7/8/09 , edited 7/8/09
I believe in god and ghosts , but i don't have any religion.
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26 / M / Mammago Garage, Y...
Posted 7/8/09 , edited 7/9/09
I was raised as a Christian (seems to be a recurring theme) and when I was around 9 realized that I only held my beliefs because my parents told me to. So I tried to find a real reason to follow Christianity and I didn't. Then I tried to look for another religion to follow, but none of them convinced me that they were right and all of the others were wrong. So when I turned 11 I just decided to not believe in anything, and a few months later I learned that that was called atheism. I used to be an anti-theist, but now I am an agnostic atheist and my morals and world view are based around teachings from various religions, mainly Christianity and Buddhism.
Posted 7/9/09 , edited 7/9/09
Grew up in a christian home. when i was 7 before my parents divorced, we used to go to church all the time, but my mom slowly stop going after that break-up. when i was 10, i almost became a atheist when i thought that God wasn't listening to my prayers, but my sister insisted that i be patient. at that point in my young life, i didn't know what or who to believe, but i try to stay patient like my sis said & follow God still. around 1999, i remember watching something on t.v. when some guy said that the world would end. I almost believed it, but my sister told me man has been predicting the end of the world for centuries & they never will know since God will determine that. & surely, when 11pm came around, i didn't notice anything strange besides people panicking like idiots. That's what made me( & other things) trust God more, because people really don't know everything like they think they do about earth or the life that inhabits it (& the universe)
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29 / F / Pittsburgh
Posted 7/9/09 , edited 7/9/09
This is an important question, because we don't accept or give up on religion from argumentation, but by what happens to us in life. I was baptized as an infant by my parents, and at times I have had to really struggle with God. I have no sudden flash of light but I have grown more and more convinced that the message of Jesus is life.
Posted 7/9/09 , edited 7/9/09
I was born into a Christian family. I used to go to church all the time when I was younger, usually because I was forced to. My family was very strict when it came to God, and I really didn't have much say in the matter (Maybe that's why I speak against adults now, because I didn't have a voice when I was younger), but once I become an adolescent things changed. I started to question my religion and stopped reading the Bible; Church annoyed me, and it still dose. Mainly because we keep going to the same one and going around the same biased people. For a long time I became confused and angry about my spirituality. Now I start to think more for myself instead of letting others brainwash me. Though I respect others religions and still believe in God, I just question things more.
Posted 7/9/09 , edited 7/9/09
Well, I came in the US at age 14. I started as an 8th grader. I was still new to the education system and I was even happy that there's a school library and a public library that I could actually borrow books at.

One day, after borrowing a book from the library after school and then heading home, there were like 7 students looking at me from across the street. I could see there's at least one Hispanic, a few Haitians/blacks and one white.
Well, one of them hurriedly tackled me. One was throwing fruits at me. One was punching me behind.

Then, there's a couple of old Caucasian ladies in a car passing by stopped and yelled at these guys. They hurriedly ran away. Then, she asked me, "are you okay? Do you want a ride home?"

I said no.

Few years later.... meh.

Funny. I thought it's "let freedom ring. Martin Luther the King. blah blah blah."
There's even a paint montage of him as you ride bus 77 while heading to downtown Miami.

**then, reads the OP's first post**

Ooops. My mistake. You're talking about religion-related issues again like a broken record. =/

In positive note, I'm still cute though. =]
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28 / F / Canada
Posted 7/9/09 , edited 7/10/09
I'm agnostic...I used to be Christian. I was raised in a Christian home, so the beliefs were passed onto me. And as a Christian, I was happy with it for many years. It gave me courage and reassurance, and I felt very safe with it.

About the end of my grade 11 year, I became agnostic. That was a choice that, at the time, also made me happy, because Christianity wasn't doing it for me anymore. During my grades 10 and 11 years, I was extremely depressed. I kept up my Christian faith through most of that. I prayed to God that my best friend would move back into my town, that I could find a new purpose for living, that I would be happy again. At some point my mom kicked me out of the house...and I had agreed with what Three Days Grace had said ("I'd rather feel pain than nothing at all") UNTIL THAT POINT. That night, as I was crying myself to sleep, I started BEGGING God to take ALL of my emotions away, because being hard as stone was better than experiencing that pain. That's how intense and profound it was.

So, I finally got over my depression on a class camping trip I went on. I am an extremely tiny person. At the time I think I was 105 pounds, MAX. And we all had to hike 8km, uphill, in TORRENTIAL WIND AND RAIN. Fuuuun shit. Anyway, I caught hypothermia. A pretty bad case, too. I laid in my sleeping bag and drifted in and out of consciousness, refusing the boiled water my teacher was offering me. It was at THAT POINT, that I realized, "Wow. I can either live or die right now. I can CHOOSE." Needless to say, I chose to live.

I worked hard the rest of the campting trip, and my classmates and my teacher were AMAZED by me. My buddy Evan (now deceased, RIP) kept stopping and asking, "Are you okay? Do you need a break?" And I kept telling everyone that I was fine (even though I WAS pretty exhausted).

That's when it hit me: if you want something, you work hard for it. You don't pray to some higher power to make things better. You WORK YOUR ASS OFF to make things better. And that's what I did. I stopped relying on my religion to help me, and started taking matters into my own hands. I was proactive. And since then, things have been a LOT better, and I couldn't be happier. I'm much wiser than I was, more compassionate, more open and loving. Being agnostic has made me more open-minded, and it's made me happy, just like Christianity once had.

Anyway...that's my story. Even now, looking back on that, I'm amazed at myself. o_O That was one of the hardest things I've EVER had to do. Sigh. But I'm okay now. You know what they say, adversity makes you stronger. That's true, I guess. <3
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Posted 7/10/09 , edited 7/10/09
the abrahamic religions are restricting, styfling view human beings as flawed and inferior and expect us to follow rules whioch are hard to follow and submit our will to a celestial dictatorship
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30 / M / Colorado, USA
Posted 7/15/09 , edited 7/16/09
I live with my mom and my grandma. My grandma is a strong Catholic, having been raised on its ideals and never allowed any other concepts. My mom, having been raised by my grandma, naturally reflects some of that. In 3rd through 12th grade (to the end of high school), I was in Catholic schools, effectively a large portion of my life.

And it is because of this thorough education in what make Catholicism what it is, that I am not a religious person. Also, keep in mind, Catholic schools do teach and tell you about other religions too. Plenty thoroughly.

It is from this religious education that I understood it was totally not my nature to follow it. Religion seems to be leverage for guiding how a person should act and how to seek happiness. But I feel I can better achieve those points by sticking with my personal honor, rather than a group philosophy that isn't custom fitted to my unique mind.

I do appreciate the education, as I know and understand things about religion that I wouldn't otherwise. It is from that that I can approve of others following religions, no matter how absurd I feel it is. It's their method to happiness regardless.

I can't give a specific age/time/discovery, but it was indeed while still in high school getting aforementioned education that I concluded I was not Christian.

The term for my type of philosophy on the matter is apatheism.
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Posted 7/15/09 , edited 7/16/09
Well like many my parents were religious and they always taught me the Quran and took me to the mosque on fridays. Lol I always thought it was boring and would fall asleep. It didnt take me untill I was 14 when we went to a new Mosque and the way the Imam translated the Quran and put it into everyday life was powerful. It was so beautifull to hear the Quran put into context (It is hard for me to do it myself) that it becomes addicting because it constantly have you thinking and appreciating the beauty and being thankful to God. After 9-11 also further made me pursuit my religion as it came under attack from many mainstream sources made me want to find all the out of contexts quotes I hear from the Quran and it put into it's right place.

Once again when hearing the quote right it became more attracting and it puts a smile on your face because controversial quotes that you would think is hard to put into context is amazing. 90% of my family are Christians and yes although they was a little upset that my Mom and Dad converted their actions and their character due to Islam change their whole perception and now many of them got rid of the ignorant stereotypes.

I am so laid back with my religion many people wouldn't even know if I was a muslim unless I tell them.
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Posted 9/13/09 , edited 9/13/09
Okay, here's a switch.. I'm a Christian, raised by an Atheist father and an apathetic or maybe intimidated mother (who was raised Christian). I don't think my father ever had any religious instruction or family denominational ties. I never did thru-out childhood.
When I was 15, young college Christians"witnessed" to me and some friends. To be honest,their approach creeped me out, the way clowns and people dressed like Santa Claus do -- they seemed unnatural, but the message intrigued me, and as some of my friends were going to church, I went too, for curiosity but also socially. I decided Christianity ( which designates me as 'other', see orig, forum "?" ) was for me at 16, probably for emotional reasons at that time. Since then I've tried or investigated several denominations and 'para'- church orgs. and as an adult, I've done extensive Bible study on my own and in organized classes. Tho mom also now professes and attends a Christian church, her choices are a little too rigid and legalistic for me ( takes the Bible most literally), and my dad still thinks I'm wasting my time (oh, & they've been divorced since I was 9 ). Bottom line, I enjoy my faith and the never ending learning and discovery it offers. I will never beat someone over the head w/ my Bible in the name of some misguided righteousness, but since you asked, I appreciate the chance to share my thoughts.
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