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Religous Faith. Why you have it, or why you don't.

After some coaxing from another member who is also curious about this topic, I decided to start a thread about Religious beliefs.

Perhaps you were very religous at one time but you aren't anymore. Or perhaps you never were, but are very happy with religion now.

Share your story of how your beliefs have become what they are today.


*Please note that this thread isn't intended to spark a debate of religous validity (although it undoubtedly will). I'm only curious about how you've come to have the beliefs that you currently have.

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Religous Faith. Why you have it, or why you don't.

I believe in god but I am not religous. When I was a kid my mom made me go to church as a Jehovah witness. Now I view church as a waste of time.

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Religous Faith. Why you have it, or why you don't.

I've got a story to tell about this, and it's quite long. That's why I didn't included it in the original post. When I take my break later, I'll share.

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Re: Religous Faith. Why you have it, or why you don't.

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After some coaxing from another member who is also curious about this topic, I decided to start a thread about Religious beliefs.
I wonder who THAT was...
I look forward to hearing your story... and I'll get mine ready as well.

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Religous Faith. Why you have it, or why you don't.

I was raised Catholic but slowly faded from any belief in a god as I grew through junior high and high school. I don't know why, I was never influenced NOT to believe in a god. It just started to not make sense to me, like why all this bad shit happens in the world. If there WAS a god, why would he take away a completely innocent and GOOD person? Plus, I'm the type of person who needs proof of an existence of something. I can't just go on word of mouth until I see actual proof. That goes for a belief in a god, ghosts, aliens, etc. (however, I DO believe there is a better chance that there is life somewhere in space before there is a "creator." If not, that certainly is a big waste of a space!)

Recently, I've been fighting depression issues and have been seeing a therapist. I've also been attending a non-denominational church and will probably continue to do so. Not that I am looking for any answers to help me begin to believe, but due to some recent events and my depression, going to church can only help me feel better about myself. I'm also learning that there is MORE to learn in an environment like this type of church than a typical Catholic "sit-stand-kneel" service where you feel more like a sheep. I doubt I'll ever go back to "being" Catholic, but I will give religion a chance if it helps me find messages to feel better about myself and also become a better person. I guess what I'm realizing is that I don't have to believe in a god to be able to take advantage of the positives that a religious experience can offer.

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Religous Faith. Why you have it, or why you don't.

JT: have you checked out a Unitarian Universalist church? I went for a while... and really liked it. It's more of place for people to go and share their individual journeys, though... not some place for someone to tell you what you should or shouldn't believe.

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Religous Faith. Why you have it, or why you don't.

Well, my parents weren't religious, so no one tried to convince me of anything. Instead by the time I was old enough to understand religion, I was also old enough to require proof before believing in something.

That said, I have not seen any proof of a supreme being. So that's that.

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Religous Faith. Why you have it, or why you don't.

^^^ That's an interesting point, because religion is not meant to work with proof -- proof is not a prerequisite or requirement for faith. It seems that fewer and fewer people in today's day and age are capable of taking anything on faith. Makes me wonder about relationships a bit.........

I myself was born into it. My faith is not just shared by my family, but the majority of my friends, and all my relatives. Everyone and everything I ever knew growing up (very strong traditional, old-school, mediterranean background -- some things you just can't understand unless you are a part of them) shares my same faith (Greek Orthodox). I have questioned it. I have looked to science and logic. In the end, I realized even more how much my faith is right for me.


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Religous Faith. Why you have it, or why you don't.

I'm a Christian, raised, and as I got older, it became real to me.

Proof seems to be the major issue for most, unfortunately, too many religious people know little of why they actually believe. To me, there is proof. I define faith differently than, "I don't see I don't know I don't understand fully, but I'll believe." And if you are religious, and you're operating on blind faith... that's really no different that Santa Claus.

but seriously, do we really want to open this can of worms?

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Religous Faith. Why you have it, or why you don't.

We already have. There is another thread about this kicking around in the archives.


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