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Christian to wiccan to new age to atheist
Christian to wiccan to new age to atheist
I was raised a Christian(Baptist) and I just didn't really question it,I was never taught to question it. I remained strong in my faith until about 11 yrs old,when I got interested in Wicca(albeit through a tv show,but hey I was a kid). Anyway I was told about how its devil worship. So I stopped and went right back (or at least tried) to Christianity. At this time I was dealing with psychiatric problems and figured God will make a way for me. I had a good period and presumed it was God's work(realizing now it wasn't,but it was mine and those helping me)

Fast forward a few years I went through a terribly tough time I had relapsed with my illness harder than every before and I started to use unhealthy ways to cope. At this time I began to doubt god fot the first time. I was praying and going to church,I even tried to read my Bible(I managed to get bored with it). A long with this I came to realize I was gay and well you can imagine how this went over. I tried to hang on, I wanted the gay to be gone so I wouldn't go to hell.(something I always feared)

No matter how hard i tried the doubt got more intense and then came the questions...I had so many questions but no satisfying answers. I managed to pick up Wicca again I preferred it to Christianity and was somewhat pleased,because I found it far less dogmatic and fear based the Christianity. Questions still arose though and and worshiping the God and Goddess left me still with a sense of something not being right. Soon after words I settled into a New age type of thing I bought crystals and incense and all this stuff. I was still dealing with severe problems and the depression became quite monstrous. I finally decided to stop trying to fit into something instead finding something that fit me.

I never really knew much about agnosticism or atheism so I looked into it. And it's like I got a dose of reality. All the arguments for atheism and the opposition to theism made so much sense to me. I began regain my critical thinking ability that I had throw out the window in a search for my "higher power". I thought more about things. "Why do bad things happen to good people?""what's the point of praying if god already knows what your praying for?"etc
I mean there are hundreds of religions,thousands of denominations of Christianity alone. Towards the end of high school I had friends try to convert me back to Christianity...didn't work out well. I dabbled in Buddhism and Taoism as well and still have a bit of things i learned in my head.

Now...I consider my self an agnostic atheist,I won't say "there is no God" but I'm not denying the possibility either...but I find it highly unlikely like a teapot orbiting earth. I'm not a master on different religions but they can't all be right,but they can be wrong. Nowadays I feel stronger in my position regardless of all the "thank you Jesus" around me. I still have a lot to learn.

My struggle with my illness is still on-going,but now I don't look to god..I look within myself.
RE: Christian to wiccan to new age to atheist
Christian apologetics is the art of rolling a dog turd in sugar and selling it as a donut.
RE: Christian to wiccan to new age to atheist
To borrow a phrase from Stephen King, it appears as if you went "cool turkey"(as opposed to cold turkey) with religion. Congratulations.
Even if the open windows of science at first make us shiver after the cozy indoor warmth of traditional humanizing myths, in the end the fresh air brings vigor, and the great spaces have a splendor of their own - Bertrand Russell
RE: Christian to wiccan to new age to atheist
Wow, a lot steps there friend. On Wicca, I'm sure you'll find less answers than those you found in Christianity, as Christianity is a theologically more advanced religion than Wicca will ever be.
As for depression, religion can help, yet generally I like to think that depression can actually lead people away from religion, at least in practice, as people generally stop caring about that either.
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RE: Christian to wiccan to new age to atheist
If they had teacups on the our space flights then there could be a teacup in space. Tongue welcome
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RE: Christian to wiccan to new age to atheist

Welcome. Is there a story or special meaning to your name?

RE: Christian to wiccan to new age to atheist
(July 17, 2013 at 2:15 pm)apophenia Wrote:

Welcome. Is there a story or special meaning to your name?

well the "k" is the first letter in my nick name and 2490 is just a random number
RE: Christian to wiccan to new age to atheist
That's not much of a story but welcome, anyway.

Pull up a chair.
RE: Christian to wiccan to new age to atheist
What illness do you have k2490? Jesus wants become absolutely real to you and heal you, I promise. Your depression will lift off with one encounter with his presence. I release that over everyone on this board. Jesus is so real and wants your depression, sickness, doubt, confusion, disgust, all of it. Ask him to reveal himself to you, address Jesus, since He is real, test him, he's not angry with anyone here, He is your creator and loves you all with perfect love beyond anything you can possibly imagine. Heaven is real, healings, miracles, peace and ecstatic fulfillment, angels, it's very much real. Satan is the deceiver and wants us all stuck in our own minds, Always blaming God and seeing and feeling heavy and frustrated. Call me insane, it doesn't matter, I've met the maker of all things, and I'm no more special than anyone here. He really loves you guys so much.
RE: Christian to wiccan to new age to atheist
(August 24, 2013 at 5:43 am)Cweg33 Wrote:

Don't mind this guy he just 'loves you'.

I really like your story, and wanted to say welcome personallySmile I'm curious as to what Wicca is exactly?
It sounds like you've had a rough road.. I have been gravely ill for years and it wasn't until I realized that no god was there guiding my recovery, that I began to guide my own. I even went so far as to refuse life saving treatments to see if god healed me. Then I almost died. Btw Christian guy I don't need any hubbub from you about the morality of medication and god and how I was 'doin it wrong'. Been all over that with some of your other acolytes.
So anyways K2940 thank you for sharing and I look forward very much to your future posts. Smile
If I were to create self aware beings knowing fully what they would do in their lifetimes, I sure wouldn't create a HELL for the majority of them to live in infinitely! That's not Love, that's sadistic. Therefore a truly loving god does not exist!

Quote:The sin is against an infinite being (God) unforgiven infinitely, therefore the punishment is infinite.

Dead wrong.  The actions of a finite being measured against an infinite one are infinitesimal and therefore merit infinitesimal punishment.

Quote:Some people deserve hell.

I say again:  No exceptions.  Punishment should be equal to the crime, not in excess of it.  As soon as the punishment is greater than the crime, the punisher is in the wrong.

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