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Experience of "alternative lifestyles"?

Discussion in 'Controversial Christian Theology' started by AllTalkNoAction, Oct 12, 2009.

  1. AllTalkNoAction

    AllTalkNoAction Potentially Wonderful

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    Has anyone tried / is anyone trying alternatives such as Hippy/commune, Wicca, eastern religion . . . lifestyles?

    If so, why did you start, and if applicable, why did you stop?
    (Or maybe you can relate someone else's story).

    I'm sure some people who havn't will want to discuss what the norm is that people might want to be "alternative" to . . . I suppose I mean that you no longer believe you can find true happiness and fulfilment from job and or family alone, and you have no faith in what you see as "Christianity"

    I have friends who started either because parents/friends started or because they were disillusioned with the norm.
     
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  2. Zoness

    Zoness 667, neighbor of the beast Supporter

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    Admittedly I do in fact periodically bounce back to both Wiccan and eastern religious thoughts and styles of life. Disillusionment is a very large part of it. After growing up Catholic all of my life and having that slammed down my throat I thought Protestantism would be a nice change. Unfortunately I found out that they were just as bad, if not worse at times about it. I dated a girl who was very conservative Baptist and was homeschooled. Her family despised me and went to a lot of work to break us up, very Christ like of them. Also I am attracted to a lot of the thoughts and ideas in other religions. Christianity has gained a very negative stigma over the centuries and it has become very materialistic. My best friends are Wiccan and their behavior towards me as always been far superior to that of most Christian "friends" I had. Regardless of my beliefs, they always treated me with respect and dignity. Right now I consider myself a Christian but too unorthodox for a church, so I am church-less.

    That's an ultra-rapid summary.
     
  3. AllTalkNoAction

    AllTalkNoAction Potentially Wonderful

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    Thanks, I think a lot of "Christians" don't actually know Christ's way or follow it, and they don't even realise it!!
     
  4. donb1959

    donb1959 Jesus Freak

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    True that, always has been that way. I believe in Christ and I attempt to follow Him as closely as possible. Following Christ is not an easy road, fulfilling and joyful yes, easy no.

    Shalom,
    DonB
     
  5. Zoness

    Zoness 667, neighbor of the beast Supporter

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    Yeah I know.
     
  6. Trust--N--Him

    Trust--N--Him Free Man

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    when i was 19 i started to think that the "natrual" was the right way to think so i thought the "how could the bible be true" theory. Then i got caught back up in respecting God again and his word.
     
  7. Albion

    Albion Factchecker

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    Are you looking for a new church to join, one that we could help you find?
     
  8. AllTalkNoAction

    AllTalkNoAction Potentially Wonderful

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    No, I can help people who are looking at these alternatives as I have friends who tried them
     
  9. AllTalkNoAction

    AllTalkNoAction Potentially Wonderful

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    I guess we are a fairly conservative lot on here then!
     
  10. Alizera

    Alizera Just trying to figure everything out.

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    Most of my friends that I have are not religious at all so I'm kinda the odd one out of the bunch. I was in the neopagan lifestyle before but not anymore.
     
  11. SoulSurfer

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    I became Pagan because I realized that it was the right religion for me. I also learned that Christianity grew out of Paganism. I consider myself an eclectic Goddess worshiper.
     
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