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What's your story if you changed religions from the religion of your family or childhood?

Mine was partly circumstantial and partly the way I was trained in Catholic school to not ask questions but take things "on faith'. My intellect always wanted a place at the spiritual table.

Even though I left Catholicism behind many decades ago, there are things I appreciate about having been raised a Catholic that still affect my world view today. Nonetheless, I have some issues with religiosity too.

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I was raised by my father's parents who where Catholic and my mother who was a Pentecostal. Now my mother's father and 4 of her 7 brothers all preached. So I got religion from my mother's side of the family while my father's side was more pragmatic. I went through a phase in high school to try out all religions and attended most over a couple of years. Since I hit my 20's then 30's and 40's my attitudes toward religion changed from a believer to a total non believer. Now in my late 60's I refer to my self as a tolerant atheist in that as long as they don't shove their views at me I don't care what they do even in public displays.
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To find what I am looking for
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I was raised Catholic and have had some times in my life where I've looked at other religions.
My aunt Rosemary is a Christian Science practitioner and has always been on me to look deeper into it for years.
I have, and have enjoyed attending some church services and have even read Science and Health and own a copy too.
I am not so blind as to think Catholicism is the only way to worship,but it's what feeds me and it's there when I need it.
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I have tried my whole life to find faith/religion. It never came naturally. I don't like to be told what to believe, and told that if I don't believe as another human believes, I will be punished by other humans or some Greater Entity.

Through the years, I've tried Baptist, Methodist, Lutheran, Presbyterian, Church of Christ, and non-denominational churches.

I was baptized in the Presbyterian Church at the age of 45, and I liked that church. In Sunday school, I could ask questions and express alternative views without feeling like an alien from Mars, like I felt in all the other churches, with the possible exception of the Lutheran experience.

Most churches I went to promoted tithing and emphasized money in every worship service. I got sick of that, seeing what the church spent the money on...new buses for their softball teams, new gyms, new/bigger churches, etc. The exception was my small Presbyterian. It was a small church that met in a metal building...not fancy, but comfortable. I probably met some true Christians there.

I really believe that I finally realized my own truth here on PW. When I first started posting here, there were people that proclaimed to be Christians that would espouse non-Christian values. I had run upon that many times before, but at this mature time in my life, something just clicked. I won't go into a name calling fest...it would insult people that truly see themselves as Christians/Christlike. If those ideals and priorities are Christian, then I want no part of that. No God that I would ever believe in would endorse the "Christian" ideals that I've seen here.

I have come to believe that there is no one looking after/over us. Either we are good at heart or we are not. The fear of Hell makes most Christians try to be good people, and some succeed, most I've known don't succeed. Most won't admit that...everyone wants to think they are good, for goodness' sake and not because of the fear of Hell or a vengeful God. I've seen too many fearful faux Christians to want to be a part of that.

I will be a good, loving, generous, charitable volunteer for goodness simply for the sake of being a good person...trying/hoping to make even a small difference in someone's life. I will go about that day to day without fear...the fear of Hell, or the fear of others' condemnation.

There is no God watching over us. There is life, then the end of life. The people that love us keep our memory alive until they die, then we are pretty much lost to history...and that's perfectly natural and ok.

If we (humanity) are to be saved, we must save ourselves...no God is going to come to our rescue.

We are in charge of our own fate as a human society. I hope we are up to the task.
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I have come to believe that there is no one looking after/over us.
There is.
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There is.
No, there isn't. You are on your own...and so am I, as we all are.
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No, there isn't. You are on your own...and so am I, as we all are.
Yes there is.

If being a nurse and witnessing lots of people passing has shown me anything, it's that we are not alone.
If going through nearly dying myself and feeling being lifted and cared for during that time, it has proven to me.. we are not alone.

I have fallen down on my knees and cried during times of extreme desperation calling out to my Father, and He's come through for me, in His own time, but always.
You and I are never alone.
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Yes there is.

If being a nurse and witnessing lots of people passing has shown me anything, it's that we are not alone.
If going through nearly dying myself and feeling being lifted and cared for during that time, it has proven to me.. we are not alone.

I have fallen down on my knees and cried during times of extreme desperation calling out to my Father, and He's come through for me, in His own time, but always.
You and I are never alone.
I'm happy for you, that you believe all of that.

I've had my own experiences that tell me otherwise. Your experiences don't convince me. I see with my own eyes.
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I'm happy for you, that you believe all of that.

I've had my own experiences that tell me otherwise. Your experiences don't convince me. I see with my own eyes.
okay then.
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