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I Am An Agnostic

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    Per recommendation from a few mentors,

    I'm going to check out a Unitarian Universal church in my community next week. Just to be clear, a UU church is not like "church" in the traditional sense. These communities are typically made up of people from various backgrounds (both religious and non-religous), and are open...
    freethinker21 freethinker21 22-25, M Feb 4

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    B. One Who Is Skeptical About The Existence Of God But Does Not Profess True Atheism.

    Perhaps I hesitate only due to the fact that I am now fifty-three years old. I once believed so strongly and now all that makes sense is the big bang!. I feel a deep sense of loss and betrayal and at the same time regret. Regret that I lived all my life until now believing in a...
    irishlass7 irishlass7 51-55 May 19, 2012

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    Breaking Free

    I have considered myself to be an agnostic for well over a year now.  But last night I let my choice become public.  This evening I am relieved.... at the time I was terrified - so many of my friends and family have either chosen to ignore my views or cut me out of...
    AgnosticLady AgnosticLady 26-30 4 Responses Sep 4, 2008

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    Strong Agnostic

    I am closeted (strong) agnostic, while at home. I was raised in the Lutheran church, and always took it for granted that there was a God. Church was not optional in my family, it was the one thing we all did together every week, no matter what else we had going on. When I was 10...
    Alleine Alleine 18-21, F 3 Responses Feb 14, 2011

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    Closet Agnostic

    I was raised in a methodist church and even continued going after my parents stopped going to church when I was 13. I was always so sure that even when I didn't know what I believed I knew I believed in god. I thought I knew what was right and what was wrong without question...
    jordanbm2007 jordanbm2007 18-21 2 Responses Jan 19, 2011

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    My Loosing God Experience

    most people who find god, find god from a traumatic experience. I seem to have lost god with my traumatic experience. I always was an agnostic, but something happened to me a couple months ago that really made me more of an agnostic...slanting towards atheism. I do think I can...
    Sandhya60 Sandhya60 46-50 2 Responses Sep 2, 2011

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    Sharing My Story Again

    As some of you may recall I just shared my story a few days ago. But after unknown problems concerning log-in, my account was deleted by support and here I am, starting all over.I have been agnostic for a year now. I made the decision in July 2010, after I debated for 4 months as...
    rebelyell94 rebelyell94 16-17, F 3 Responses Jul 20, 2011

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    Raising Religious Children By Stacking The Deck

    When religious parents raise their kids, many participate in what I like to call "deck-stacking" when it comes to spirituality. They expose their kids to a single, very specific belief system right from the start, and watch happily as their child develops closed-minded beliefs...
    freethinker21 freethinker21 22-25, M 3 Responses Jul 13, 2013

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    I consider myself as a very open minded

    agnostic. Though I have no definite proof of a deity, I believe that every single one exists in some way. To the people who worship deities, I believe that deity exists for them. For myself? I have no proof nor any experience with anything on that level to put my faith in one...
    Lostintheden Lostintheden 18-21, F 2 Responses Jul 8

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    So Many Questions

    I bellieve it all started when I was about 13.  I went to a Catholic church service with my sister and started to ask the priest some questions.  Perhaps he didn't take me seriously but his generic answer to my questions seem to be "when you have faith you don't...
    think2much think2much 46-50, M 3 Responses Jan 21, 2008

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    Was Just Agnostic--but

    I grew up with Lots of religion-Then started having some doubts because a lot of the bible just didn't make sense! As a young man I decieded I wanted to have a closer relationship with God& took a yr off work to study religion! But I've allways been intrested in history& the more...
    jettys jettys 56-60 2 Responses Oct 14, 2013

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    The Cross To Bear!

    It seems I had posted my story in the wrong place as I have christians trying to resave me like some week old leftovers.....Hopefully here I can actually find support. Here is my story: It has been about a year and a half now since I have de-converted from Christianity. I still...
    soliare soliare 26-30, M May 4, 2012

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    Cotton Candy Anyone?

    I'm agnostic but I am not hard at all on discrediting religion or anything else for that matter for there are so many takes on any one given topic - hence the over 30,000 denominations in christianity alone. How can God be so absolute if we can pick and choose and make for us a...
    soliare soliare 26-30, M May 13, 2012

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    The Capes Of Religion

    No offense to the christians, as we all have a right to what we believe. But really how dare the religious look down on the people who actually use their heads to honestly challenge the credibility of faith. What is having faith suppose to mean anyway? As I ask christians this...
    soliare soliare 26-30, M 2 Responses May 13, 2012

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    Holding On to My Own Values

    When I was a teen, I was so sure in my spiritual beliefs.  I "knew" what guided me, what guided others, and such.  But, of course, as I got older I questioned my beliefs.  I searched for years.  I compromised with my partner on his beliefs. ...
    Montanamiss Montanamiss 31-35, F Aug 26, 2008

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    Glossary Of Believer Vs Skeptic Definitions

    believer phrase on the left, translation on the right "Blind faith"- ignorance "Eternal life"- dying as a legend "Heaven"- outside earth or heavens "Worship"- brainwash "Tithes & offerings"- buying into a scam "Lord"- title of whoever happens to be in charge at the moment...
    mierdamundo mierdamundo 31-35 1 Response Sep 30, 2013

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    Being a skeptic during the holiday

    season… This time of year can be stressful for any atheist, agnostic, skeptic, etc. As a young agnostic living in the midwest, I certainly feel a lot of pressure when this season rolls around. While I consider myself to be relatively happy/secure in many of my beliefs, I can...
    freethinker21 freethinker21 22-25, M 1 Response Dec 10, 2013

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    Spiritual Relapse And Progress

    Sometimes I relapse; I fall back into that closed-minded prison I was raised in as a kid. I grew up feeling that way- I was never free to think, feel, or act as I please. I was never a particularly rebellious child either. But I did always have lots of questions about the world...
    freethinker21 freethinker21 22-25, M Jun 24, 2013

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    Something I Can Get Behind

    Well, I started thinking about this because of another EP user who I have to say is quite respectful and that is refreshing. Although I know we don't have the same belief it is nice to know that I can have a decent conversation about it without it turning really ugly. I have...
    Veryrandomgirl8 Veryrandomgirl8 18-21, F 2 Responses Jan 25, 2013

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    The Other Side'S Mantra

    "Pray for me." Their mantra--over and over and over again. Really?! Family, friends--you all know I am agnostic, but when you have your balls in a vice, or if in the absence of balls--you are stressed beyond belief, that is what you say to me? Repeatedly??? I respect you all...
    Justcate Justcate 36-40, F 1 Response Apr 12, 2013

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    Bi-Spiritual Orientation

    Up until my early teens, my beliefs were that of a child, which is not surprising being that I was indeed a child at that time. Regardless, God existed because everyone I loved and looked up to said "he" did, and thus would take care of me no matter what happened. As I...
    CopperCoil CopperCoil 36-40, M 4 Responses Apr 14, 2008

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    I Cant' Say That There Is No God

    But at the same time, I see no proof that there is.  I was talking to someone at work one time and he could not believe that I didn't know if God existed or not.  I told him I don't see any proof that convinces me.  He said, do I see that tree, I said yes, he...
    Ray1962 Ray1962 46-50, M Dec 26, 2008

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    Sometimes It Makes Me Jealous But

    Sometimes I hear people talking about how they are praying for strength or guidance, and they have strong relationship with god that gets them through their troubles and I i feel kind of jealous. I used to believe in god, or at least I tried to or said I did. I think deep down I...
    starzzy31 starzzy31 26-30, F 3 Responses Jun 25, 2012

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    The One In My Family

    Everyone in my family has their own faith to which they believe. I grew up Catholic and so was taught to be one. However, I was always questioning things even as I a child. I would ask why aren't dinosaurs mentioned in creationism and other things. It took many years for me to...
    asert12345678 asert12345678 31-35, M Aug 7, 2013

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    Agnostic Mother, ??? Daughter

    So, my daughter is very lonely at 11 years old. The other day I had a phone conversation with a woman who happened to use religion to help guide parents in how to talk to their children. A couple of times I almost hung up on her. I've been agnostic for half my life and don't see...
    beyondmyskin beyondmyskin 31-35, F 1 Response Mar 16, 2013

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    I Am An Open Agnostic

    I think I have labeled myself as an open agnostic. I was raised in a protestant family and those are my foundations but through the years I have been investigating on religions, it is one of my favourite topics, and after weighing the pros and cons from my point of view. I got...
    markros markros 26-30, M 2 Responses Oct 16, 2009

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    Pretty Sure I Don't Believe

    I am an agnostic, I am not sure whether or not I believe. I was not brought up to believe in any religion, in accordance with this I have never been baptised.  My family have held the belief that a person should make their own mind up. I would never tell a person their God...
    eventually eventually 31-35, F 3 Responses May 12, 2009

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    Private Conflict

    Growing up in a religious community was difficult. My friends & their family members always spoke of how they could "feel the presence of The Spirit" in their lives. It's not that I didn't want to feel it, I just didn't. As people around me began using "the spirit" to make life...
    Robert1964 Robert1964 41-45, M 2 Responses Dec 29, 2007

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    The Elephant In The Room

    Before I tell my story, I'll put things into context.... I am a 23 year old male who works in a small town in Indiana. People are very conservative around here, many are religious. There are also lots of conservative republican types around here. As for me, I don't identify with...
    freethinker21 freethinker21 22-25, M 3 Responses May 2, 2013

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    I Am An Agnostic

    My story is probably pretty typical for those that have "lost" their faith.   Though I look at it in a different light, in that I finally had my eyes opened to the truth.   I was raised in a Christian home outside of Lowell, MI.   My father is the son of a Baptist preacher...
    drr9827 drr9827 31-35 2 Responses Apr 25, 2011

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    The battle has been between traditional

    relgion versus atheists with the atheists losing by a mile. All this time, agnostics have been quietly sitting on the sideline. It is time for agnostics to play an active role in the battle of beliefs. We can change the world for the better if we band together. Any one with me?
    Ardler333 Ardler333 61-65, M 1 Response Mar 13

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    The Bible

    Even though I respect what others may think and believe, I don't want to base my life in a book or a creed. I actually read the Bible, and I agree that the best lesson it teaches is that you must love thy neighbor as thyself. You don't have to believe in anything to apply that...
    davidlopezd davidlopezd 18-21, M Jul 31, 2013

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    Free

    I am now free. Free to make my own rules, based truly upon my own internal compass of right/wrong--on how I want to be treated and want to treat others. I love people very much--I try hard to tell and show these folks often what they mean to me and I adore helping others. It...
    Justcate Justcate 36-40, F 1 Response Mar 25, 2013

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    Recent Change

    There was a time I used to believe in God. I used to believe there was an almighty being out there. But over the last few years, that belief has worn away. So many questions have come up. So many doubts. But I used to think God existed because I was told he was. Now that I...
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Mar 20, 2008

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    How I Left Belief Behind

    I was raised going to church now and then as an Episcopal. In middle school I gravitated towards some more charismatic christian friends and began going to church with them. Then bam in high school I was "saved". I tried earnestly to follow Chrisitanity and beleive with my...
    jdaneal jdaneal 31-35 1 Response Oct 15, 2011

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    Lifelong Agnostic

    I was raised in a small, very conservative Michigan town to a large extended family of Christians, and from a very young age was pressured from every angle to become a Christian as well, but try as I might, I just couldn't force myself to believe. I wholeheartedly wanted myself...
    anjely999 anjely999 22-25, F 1 Response Apr 7, 2012

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    Agnostic, To Me

    I do not trust a book that was put together by man. I don't follow the crowd because the majority says it's right. I will never think I belong in hell for questioning the truth. I won't pretend to know what is or isn't outside of reality. I will not tell anyone else that they...
    beyondmyskin beyondmyskin 31-35, F 2 Responses Mar 16, 2013

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    I'M Agnostic In A Catholic Family.

    I'm 15 and I don't know one way or another whether a god exists or doesn't. My family is strongly Roman Catholic. I have various disagreements with the Church as a whole and the specific church I'm still forced to go to. I'm trying to convince my parents that its pointless for me...
    Master04465 Master04465 16-17, M 1 Response Feb 22, 2013

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    While I had been a skeptic almost my entire

    life, I really didn't take the time to "figure out" my spirituality until I was about 20. I started reading about all major world religions; Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism, etc. I carefully compared beliefs systems and thought about how they overlapped and...
    freethinker21 freethinker21 22-25, M 1 Response Mar 25

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    What I Know...and What I Don't Know....

    I don't know for certain if there is or isn't a god. I don't know how the Universe or mankind or anything really actually came to be. But I do know that we did not come from a ball of clay called "Adam". I do know that virgins do not have babies. I do know that science has shown...
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Dec 18, 2012

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    I'm Open

    I'm open to all types of religion, your beliefs are your own, afterall.  But I've never understood organized religion.  Maybe it's because my parents never took me to church, but I've never, ever trusted a preacher or the members.  Hypocrit was the big word of my...
    KrisK KrisK 36-40, F Apr 25, 2008

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    It Was Me!

    I have no trouble taking credit for and blame for the things that hapen in my life.  I understand that my life is the result of what I have manifested.  I will not lay blame or credit for my misfortunes or  good experiences on the shoulders of some invisible all...
    RighteousGirl RighteousGirl 26-30, F 2 Responses Oct 3, 2009

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    Always Uncertain

    I was like many others who grew up in a suburban American culture, where my parents instilled their Christian faith on me. They had me attend church, Sunday school, vacation bible study in the summers, and youth group in high school as well as participate in profession of faith...
    Belinda Belinda 26-30, F Dec 1, 2012

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    Related Experiences

    My ignorance led me to believe i was an atheist. I don't hate or disbelieve in god. I use to be a believer. I had a horrifying childhood experience that changed my life forever...
    QuiltedBathwater QuiltedBathwater 18-21, M Jul 20

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    I begged and prayed all my life for God to be there for me and he just ignored me. I was constantly bullied and ridiculed at my private middle school. I thought entering high...
    xRockGlossPrincessx xRockGlossPrincessx 18-21, F 5 Responses Jun 29

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    What does it mean to be truly enlightened. Wikipedia has dozens of definitions for the word enlightened, not a single one describing what I mean. So I assume the correct phrase...
    DarkestTrance DarkestTrance 36-40, F 6 Responses Jul 9

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    News report you will never hear. " This just in heavy casualties after agnostics launch a full scale invasion on atheist stronghold. Fighting began last night after atheist...
    renguard renguard 16-17, M 5 days ago

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    Yes, I'm talking about religion. My family contains a mixture of Buddhists and Christians, so I grew up respecting both (if not, all) religions. Heck, I think I was ready to slap...
    Serendipiity Serendipiity 16-17, F 1 Response Jul 13

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    Well, it's a misnomer, actually. I'm agnostic. But I believe that, despite my own beliefs re: deities etc., religion is an overall good influence on the world, and fulfills many...
    candidcanine candidcanine 18-21, F 3 Responses 2 days ago

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    Ok, so i am exploring my spirituality. I've been Christian my whole life, and i never questioned it. But i year ago i started exploring a bit about it, and i found that a lot of...
    MayaMoonShadow MayaMoonShadow 16-17, F 1 Response Jun 29

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    My beliefs came gradually before i found Dianic wicca at 20 yrs old. My family doesnt even know. They are mixed religions. If my bro is an atheist, my mom is a christian and my dad...
    Beadology33 Beadology33 18-21 1 Response Jul 1

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    Genetic Distances 1 . Similarities between different forms of life can now be measured with sophisticated genetic techniques. . Proteins. “Genetic distances” can be calculated...
    Pahu Pahu 70+, M 1 Response Jul 2

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