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How many ex-Christians are there here on CF and reason for leaving Christianity?

Discussion in 'Christianity and World Religion' started by LittleLambofJesus, Aug 25, 2019.

  1. I left and never returned

    29.7%
  2. I left and returned

    13.5%
  3. I was never a Christian

    16.2%
  4. I have always been a Christian

    40.5%
  1. LittleLambofJesus

    LittleLambofJesus PESKY DEVIL! GIT! l SAID GIT! Supporter

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    Are there any members here who used to be Christians but became non-Christian?
    If so, what was the major reason. How long were you a Christian before that? If you are an ex-Christian, have you ever thought about becoming a Christian again?
    I put a poll thread up and if you feel I need to add more options, please inform me.

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  2. MehGuy

    MehGuy Free speech warrior degenerate Supporter

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    I was a Christian for about one year on this site.
     
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  3. Stranger36147

    Stranger36147 Active Member

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    It's not so much that I'm an ex-Christian. I'm actually a misotheist now. And I don't see myself ever changing and going back to God.
     
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  4. eleos1954

    eleos1954 God is Love Supporter

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    Isn't a misotheist one who despises God or religion in general?
     
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  5. Stranger36147

    Stranger36147 Active Member

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    Yes. And I don't despise religion, but I DO despise God.
     
  6. eleos1954

    eleos1954 God is Love Supporter

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    hmmmm ... sorry to hear that ...

    I'll bet that makes your prayer life real complicated.
     
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  7. Stranger36147

    Stranger36147 Active Member

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    I very rarely pray anymore. I might pray for a family member or something on the rare occasion, but that's it.
     
  8. Kenny'sID

    Kenny'sID Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Seems most are leaving the reason out. Interesting.
     
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  9. Stranger36147

    Stranger36147 Active Member

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    Well, in my case, I prefer to leave that part out. Some things I'd rather not share.
     
  10. eleos1954

    eleos1954 God is Love Supporter

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    I pray you will return to the Lord.
     
  11. Kenny'sID

    Kenny'sID Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Yeah, absolutely your choice, just interesting how many evidently feel the same...no judgment from me.
     
  12. cloudyday2

    cloudyday2 Generic Theist Supporter

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    I was a Christian from birth until about age 20 when I lost most of my faith, but I continued to have a tiny hope/fear that Christianity might be true for another 25 years? ... So 20 years and then another 25 years as a 90% ex-Christian and finally about 5 years as a more convinced ex-Christian

    I often wish I could be a Christian again. I suspect there is a God that I have experienced at times, and he seemed happy to communicate through Christian symbols. So apparently God thinks Christianity is a fine religion. Unfortunately I no longer can use Christianity to pursue God, because I don't believe it. ... But Christianity was second nature to me. It is a shame to have lost a religion that worked for me simply because I read one too many Bart Ehrman books LOL
     
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  13. JIMINZ

    JIMINZ Well-Known Member

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    Upon that rare occasion, who do you actually Pray to, if you despise God?
     
  14. Stranger36147

    Stranger36147 Active Member

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    I pray to the God that I despise so much. Maybe I shouldn't, but....like I said, I don't even pray much anyway so....
     
  15. JustRachel

    JustRachel He welcomed me back! <3 Supporter

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    I never doubted God or left Christianity. I was a prodigal for over 30 years and He brought me back for good. I'm thankful that he never let go of me.
     
  16. Stranger36147

    Stranger36147 Active Member

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    The prodigal.....daughter. :p
     
  17. RayJeena

    RayJeena Humble and proud of it. Supporter

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    I no longer consider myself Christian.

    It was very gradual. I can't really pinpoint a single
    reason other than that, having learned what I have up to
    this point, I can't genuinely apply the label to myself.

    Oddly enough, however, what the bible calls "the fruit
    of the Spirit" has grown significantly within me. And
    perfect love really does cast out fear.

    And there you have it. :blush:

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  18. Zoness

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    I was christian for the first sixteen years of my life and about two years on this site. I think I was fully deconverted around age eighteen. Honestly, I don't think I super believed when I was young I always had a skeptical mind. I just played along because family told me "good people go to church that's just what you do" okay sure that's fine.

    I got real into Christianity for a bit and undertook reading the Bible in full for myself. Not long into that I figured pretty quickly I didn't believe anything it was saying and bam, that was that.

    Then I had a very long journey through other spiritualities for a very long time before ending up where I am now. That was about ten years ago. I mostly stayed on the forum because I liked a few people here but honestly it bores me to death nowadays except for the very tiny number of places I'm allowed to chime in, I basically can't use the site anymore.
     
  19. Arthra

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    I was raised in a Baptist home and began studying religions in my early teens. I recall sharing a few verses from the Bhagavad Gita about devotion to God (Bhakti) at a devotional at the church and everyone love it! I began reading some of the poetic translations of Sir Edwin Arnold and enjoyed them. I began to feel I couldn't be associated with a church or religious org. that rejected one or the other of the great Prophets and Messengers of God such as Krishna, Buddha or Jesus Christ.
    I was around twenty five years old when I discovered two Baha'i books in the local library... Baha'i World Faith and Baha'u'llah and the New Era. (Both books are online.) After reading them I knew I would have declare my faith in Baha'u'llah as the Manifestation of God for this age.
     
  20. MehGuy

    MehGuy Free speech warrior degenerate Supporter

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    As for why I became a non-Christian.. growing up really.

    I think my attraction to being hated by non-Christians is what really tipped things. Back in the day I used to join atheists sites as a theist just to see how much bashing and hatred I could generate towards myself, lol. There is only so much skepticism and whatnot a believer can be exposed to until they have second thoughts about their faith..

    Honestly back in my Christian days I'd probably seem like the last person to ever become an atheist.

    As for being a Christian again, anything is possible. Although I highly doubt it, I'm quite grounded and comfortable with my non-belief. Doesn't mean I don't miss spirituality. My mind is well suited to it, and atheism has deteriorated my mental well being to quite an extent.. but it is what it is.
     
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