sent in by Lady Sidhe works
Simply put, I started reading the bible. I was just really indifferent religion-wise, before that. Never really thought about it, never really impacted my life, wasn't a churchgoer, wasn't a proseletyzing believer. It was just something that was there.
I started reading the bible just for the hell of it (no pun intended), and it just annoyed me that God was portrayed as this vengeful, violent, warlike, intolerant murderer. That's not how I saw God. I figured, "If God were perfect, the way He's supposed to be, he wouldn't have human failings. God of love, my ass." Then I read Ken's Guide to the Bible. THEN, my boyfriend at the time suggested Wicca.
I laughed it off. Witch? Please...but to humor him, I picked up a book by Cunningham called "The Truth About Witchcraft Today," and it all came together. It was like I finally found my beliefs written down coherently. That's all it took, and that's how I got where I am today.
I personally believe that all religions embrace the same basic ideas--the only difference is what they call Diety and how they worship Deity. All the particulars are irrelevant. If God/dess thinks that Wicca will bring me closer, that's how S/He'll approach me. If S/He thinks Christianity is better for someone else, or perhaps Buddhism, or Islam...that's the approach S/He'll use.
Who am I to say S/He can't? Anyone who thinks that their way is the "One and Only True Way" is deluding themselves.
How old were you when you became a christian? Baptized at 12
How old were you when you ceased being a christian? 24
What churches or organizations or labels have applied to you? Baptist, Catholic, Questioner
What labels, if any, would you apply to yourself now? Eclectic Pagan
Why did you become a christian?--born into an indifferent christian family--it;'s what you did.
Why did you de-convert?--Because I didn't agree with the version of the Creator as portrayed in the bible, or with religious intolerance in general.
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Online Reading List
- An Outline of Intellectual Rubbish by Bertrand Russell (1943)
- Bible Teaching and Religious Practice by Mark Twain
- God is Imaginary
- Is there an Artificial God? by Douglas Adams (1998)
- Skeptics Annotated Bible
- The Age of Reason by Thomas Paine (1795)
- Which Way? by Robert Ingersoll (1884).
- Why I Am Not A Christian by Bertrand Russell (1927)