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I Was Raised In A Christian Family.

I'm wondering when people will stop blindly following what they're told by other people, and learn to think for themselves. If you would take a step back and educate yourself, rather than go along with whatever people say, you might begin to question the religion you've been following your entire life. No, I am not saying this to rudely criticize and judge people for what they believe in. I'm saying this because this is what I did, and it changed my entire view on religion.

I was raised in a Christian family. My mother volunteered at the local Christian church, as well as the homeless shelter that they ran. Because I was raised to believe in "the word of God", I didn't question it... I was young and naive. I just have a difficult time believing why more people haven't come to the same conclusion that I have: God doesn't exist. The way that I view "God", is as an imaginary friend or fictional character like Santa Clause. When scary questions such as 'Where do we go when we die?' come up, it would be comforting to have some kind of answer. Or if you're having troubles with finances, I can see how it would be nice to call upon some magical force to "bless" you with a raise.

Honestly though, I could care less if someone else believes in a higher power of sorts, that doesn't bother me. Organized religion is what bothers me. When someone is so loyal to whomever they choose to worship and believe in, they will do whatever this "God" tells them to do. The problem is, since there isn't a "God" (in my opinion, chill out, folks), there is only man there to tell all of the followers what to believe, say and do. Homosexuality, misogyny, racism, slavery and all sorts of terrible things are written into the bible. When I was younger, and curious about all of these things I was reading in the bible, I asked my mom why it said such things. The only answer that she had was that those were different times. But isn't "God"'s word eternal? Doesn't it say this all over in the bible? Obviously we don't have slaves these days, sexism isn't anywhere as big of an issue as it used to be, and the same does go for racism. But there is such anger and hatred targeted at homosexuals by religious groups, and why do you think this is? Because "God" says that homosexuality is a sin.

Everyone needs to open their eyes and realize that religion is a way for people to use faithful religious followers to do their evil bidding. "God" doesn't hate homosexuals, because "God" doesn't exist. Ignorant, homophobic people hate homosexuals and use peoples' faith in "God" to make them feel the exact same way. "God" was never misogynistic, because "God" doesn't exist. Men were sexist and wanted to make sure that women remained below them.

I could go on and on and on, laying out all of these things in front of you, but honestly... it's nearly 7:00 in the morning and I haven't slept.

My point is, I don't believe in any higher power, especially not the Christian "God". Going to church every Sunday and belonging to an organized religion is no different than being in a cult, in my opinion. Mind control, fear tactics... just lovely.

I'll check back for hate mail and arguments tomorrow.

KatLeroux KatLeroux 18-21, F 17 Responses Jan 24, 2010

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You are one sick muther ******! YOU are the devils concubine, and represent the the most demonic and evil suggestive behaviors for our impressionable children. You need to be exterminated, as well as any others that that have demonic beliefs, you ***** from hell. I rebuke you, and all like you, in the name of JESUS. You should not be entitled to breathe Gods air or enjoy anything he has created, which is everything that exist.

@jesusoursavior Before you EVER call someone a devil's concubine YOU should check yourself for your behavior because you NEVER know who reads YOUR comments. And as and adult, you should respect and not judge one's belief!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The trippy part about everything is, all religions talk about hell-like life for those who did not change their ways, many people talk about God as if it is a fairy tale story, but yet many will come to know it wasn't before God. From a Christian's point of view, yes many people who call themselves Jesus' Followers tend to force conversion apon others, when our only duty as a Jesus Follower is to spread the Gospel and plant His Holy seed. You cannot force someone to believe, many people have unanswered questions why their life is how is it, many people complain why their life is so miserable and filled with sadness and lonelyness, when yet they say that God does not exist. Is their a coincidence to that? It hurts me to know that I cannot help so many lost souls out their who are being decieved down wrongful paths that lead them closer to the pit. <br />
No, nobody in this world has ever been to hell and back, nobody in this world will ever get as close as 1 percent to describe what hell is. As a Christian, I do not live the perfect life, but I do live a life filled with enjoyment and comfortness knowing I am happy with myself and filled with wisdom and strength to overcome many hurdles in my life. I was sexually abused as a child, I suffer from NF2, I have countless tumors all over my body, I have lost my hearing due to my sickness, i've felt sadness and hatred, ive felt like maybe their is not a God. You cannot experience God's Grace until you look for it. I do not hate homosexuals, for I have friends are gays. They do feel the sorowness when these self called Jesus' Followers yell at them for being gay and show hatred towards them. God doesn't hate, He loves you unconditionally. How is it possible for Him to hate when we are all sinners? yes I strongly believe every man has a woman out their for them, and every woman has a man for them also. I tell my friends, just love God and have a relationship with him, thats all He ask for. Their are much greater things in life that can corrupt a human soul than loving the same gender, Pride for instints, someone who says their is no God. Pride tends to blind a person so dramatically that it tells them they can overcome life on their own, but they are mistaken beause yet they still have not found joy in life. If their is a devil, than their must be a God. To everyone out their, the devil believes in you, and he believes everyone should burn in hell by defiling their own self. And sadly, many people are going to hell in today's society. Their is a reason why the world is how it is right now because of the way people view themselves. How do we we all expect to find happyness, whenw e aren't even happy with our ownself? Im too far in faith to say that their is no God, why because I have experienced God's Grace everyday and He has given me the strenght to be happy and look forward in my life with my head held up high knowing that, nomatter how bad my life is, I WILL dwell in God's Heavenly Kingdom after my life is done on this earth. We all have to carry our cross the same way Jesus carried His cross that lead to His crucifixion. Do not tell me your life is hell, because if many of us have read the story of Jesus found in the Gospel of Matthew, He probably is the only one who lived the closest to a physical hell. People threw rocks at Him, cursed Him, society was against Him. How many times was He not turtured before being crucified? His life is metaphor for our life, why? because even though people spat on Him and on His own had to carry His own cross which He was to die on, He kept one thing in mind, our Heavenly Father. And with God in mind, Jesus accepted His life and felt comfort in His life knowing He was going to live a promising life after this life. In the Kingdom of Heaven for all eternity. He would never have to suffer, sadness, lonelyness, hatred, anger, any negative feeling will never be felt forever! That is how God explains for us to live our life. We arent appreciative people today and take everyday for granted. Savor life, find happyness in your life, but to do that we must be born again, and that is through the word of God. Im not saying go out in the streets and give up your life in a missionary or anything, nomatter where you are at in life right now, simply start a relationship with Jesus, and that is through prayer. The moment you knock on His door, I gurantee you with my life that He will take you n gracefully. Yes, your life will never be perfect, you are not going to wake up feeling perfect the next day, but you will wake up everyday with the strength knowing your are conquering your life and living happy knowing you will be accepted into the kingdom of Heaven. That is where you find happyness and comfort. Little by little, He will work through you and transform you inside out. You will not know how or when for we never will know because God works in mysterious ways. <br />
I cannot come close to say how much I love everyone on of you just writing this for you, but I cannot even come half as close in how much God loves everyone of us. Even the most horrific man out there. People dont understand why someone would love such a man, a murderer, rapist, but the reality is, everyday when we open our eyes to a new day, we can wake up knowing its a new day for us to live, and w can change our ways or at least begin to change any given day. The same way as you can go on and on about why there is not a God, I can go on and on and even further on and on talking about God's love for us all. As a TRUE Christian, I will never jugde you, I will never hate you, and I will never forsake you. THat is the meaning of being a true Christian, not those people you see making a homosexuals life miserable defiling the word of God. We all have different perspectives in life, and we will all feel different about life, the realit is, their is a God and anyone can live life the way it was intended for it to be lived, not the way society portraits life should be lived. It is your life, you choose what you want to believe in and respectfully accept that, it does hurt me to see someone say they dont believe in God because of what they have experienced through life, but at the end, it all pays off, not good or bad, but in what you chose to believe in. A murderer, rapist, thief, criminal was being crucified next to Jesus at the same moment, we all know that the life he chose to live is a horrific life, but he turned to Jesus and confessed his sins to Jesus because we only sin against him and no one else, and told Jesus he believe Jesus was the son of God, ruler of heaven and earth, and Jesus forgave him in the moment and told him he would dwell in the Heaven of Kingdom, he might not be the most rightiousness person in Heaven but it sure is enough to know he was accepted to Heaven and not damned to hell. To me that says a lot. Think about, i probably wont ever do anywhere close to the things that guy did that lead him to his crucifixion, so I know that if i sincerely believe and have Faith in God if i surrender myself to Him and accept His Grace, I will live the promised life for all eternity in the kingdom of Heaven. <br />
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To end this long comment, a quote my aunt teached me, "I prefer to live life believing their is a God and die to find out their isn't, than to live life believe their is not, and die knowing there is."<br />
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Tell me, is their anything negative by following the Gospel? <br />
The word of God is our armour, and life is a battlefield, protect yourself with <br />
His Word and you will become a better person for urself and those around you.<br />
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May God Bless You!<br />
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"Life is God's gift to you, what you do with your life, is your gift to God."

What did you say.<br />
There is no God? He does not exist?<br />
You should be sent to hell straight away! You sinful beast!

i am also raised by christan parents and would be interested in answering any questions in reguards to religion. open to everyone. emal keyller@gmail.com

Personally, I don't see any correlation between the complexity/beauty of the world and the existence of a God. I'm always amazed when people say, "Look at how beautiful it is, how could someone say that no one created it? This is certainly proof there must be a God." ... can't things just be beautiful... just because?<br />
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I grew up the biggest Bible banger there was, one who TRULY believed in the system, and now looking back I realize how judgemental I was. I, along with all of my other "true Christian" friends, had a superiority complex. Religion pitted "us" against "the others" much in the same way that racism and other hatreds of polarilty are populated. We wanted to save people, sure, but that was only to elevate ourselves in the eyes of God. <br />
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The church is a business. It has been the most successful business of all time because it uses fear, guilt, and the threat of eternal damnation to ensure its continued funding. Let this sink in. Think about it, although if you are a "true Christian" yourself, you're not reading this so you can understand it - you're reading it to find a place you can use a Bible verse to pick apart my argument. <br />
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I have kept the good things from my upbringing - generosity, kindness, and an appreciation for doing good deeds - and lost the judgemental, superior attitude, which have never really gotten me anywhere in life. <br />
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Take it for what it is.

younglearner1<br />
I first had this idea when I was eleven, then began to question it. Throughout my life I have chased other ideas and looked into other religions but have come back to where I started. If someone could prove to me there was something else out ther that would prove my theory wrong, I would take my hat off to them. I am just like everybody else, I would like there to be an old man in the sky looking after me but I know there isn't.<br />
I would be a fool if I said I could tell you how God works and also if I said I was the first to realise what God was. Man thinks, and rightly so, that he is very clever and can harness the power. After this it becomes equations and numbers, theories and guesses. After this, we are still relying on it to keep us alive.

My views were somewhat similar when i was a bit younger, but the more i've grown up my opinion has changed. I totally agree about organized religion. It's ridiculous to assume that there is only one way to believe and everyone else's views are wrong. The past year i had been really sick and i grew up a lot. Sometimes people assume that people blindly believe because they are uneducated. I am opposite of this viewpoint. To me, the more educated i become the more i believe in something higher. Look at your body and how it works, how it heals. There is just too much in nature for me to simply see it as coincidence. I agree organized religion is dumb, but dont let that put you off the possibility that there is something else out there.

Read my story,'So Simple', it explains it all.

Ispread, thats not god it's Santa

Okay, thank you for pointing that out for me but I will have to see for myself if it says that to be able to say that it actually does say such things.

Alterra, you have your life ahead of you to look for the truth. I have spent mine looking and think I have found it. To say what you say, I don't think you have read my story 'So Simple'. It might not be what religions want you to accept as God but it is the only God you will ever know or see. I think the proof would stand up in a court of law. If the God I talk about wasn't there neither would the court of law, or you and I.

Jeremiah 8:8............"8 " 'How can you say, "We are wise, <br />
for we have the law of the LORD," <br />
when actually the lying pen of the scribes <br />
has handled it falsely?

I appreciate you all commenting with your opinions. :) <br />
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Hank, there is racism, slavery, misogyny and homophobia all over in the bible. It is the Christians automatic reaction to attempt to defend themselves by saying the bible is being "misquoted" or that things are being "taken out of context".<br />
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Homophobia:<br />
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Lev. 18:22, "You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female; it is an abomination."<br />
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Lev. 20:13, "If there is a man who lies with a male as those who lie with a woman, both of them have committed a detestable act; they shall surely be put to death. Their bloodguiltness is upon them"<br />
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Rom. 1:26-28, "For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error. And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper."<br />
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Slavery:<br />
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Titus 2:9<br />
"Teach slaves to be subject to their masters in everything, to try to please them, not to talk back to them"<br />
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1 Peter 2:18<br />
"Slaves, submit yourselves to your masters with all respect, not only to those who are good and considerate, but also to those who are harsh."<br />
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Col 3:22<br />
"Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything; and do it, not only when their eye is on you and to win their favor, but with sincerity of heart and reverence for the Lord."<br />
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Misogyny:<br />
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"No wickedness comes anywhere near the wickedness of a woman.....Sin began with a woman and thanks to her we all must die" (Ecclesiasticus 25:19,24)<br />
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"A woman should learn in quietness and full submission. I don't permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man; she must be silent. For Adam was formed first, then Eve. And Adam was not the one deceived; it was the woman who was deceived and became a sinner"<br />
(I Timothy 2:11-14)<br />
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"The birth of a daughter is a loss" (Ecclesiasticus 22:3)<br />
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"Let your women keep silence in the churches for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience, as also saith the law. And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church " (1Corinthians 14:34-35, KJV)

UGH! I got to rewrite this all over again because I accidentally clicked on something!! DX<br />
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I agree with everything you said and I was also raised in a Christian family. All my life, I've never been religious but I did think that God existed... just because it was what I was taught. Another thing wrong with religion? If your FAMILY believes in it they force it down your throat and it's pretty awkward when you say that you don't. Anyway, one thing that really "****** me off" is when people who say they are the "no-nonsense" types say that ghosts and reincarnation beliefs are nonsense (when there's much more evidence of it then this God thing) but then believe that an IMMORTAL being created this Earth we're STANDING on right at this moment. I'm not saying that's nonsense but seriously, it makes no sense. If you say you're a no-nonsense type then you're saying that you're sensible and it's not sensible believing in a God... more like spiritual and open-minded. On another topic... I sometimes wonder nowadays if Jesus (I don't doubt his existence) had actually just thrown in the God thing to make people more likely to believe in his teachings. What I'm saying is... Back then, people believed in Gods. It was only because they didn't have scientists (which I'm not too fond of either) back then to explain why things happened the way they did. Now we actually have some! ... People still believe though annnnd back to that... The bible teaches some good things like loving everyone but I'll get onto what you said later... Like you said, it's so they can feel as if they have somewhere to go after death but with some Christian people... *sigh* Some of them rely too much on this God idea and never think that maybe he doesn't actually exist! They think that if something's going on that their will be an immortal being to save them. They need to stop thinking that because the truth is that no one will save us... We have to save ourselves, defend ourselves or else no one else will. It's a fact of life. Okay, back to what you said about some things the Bible teaches... Actually, no, the Bible doesn't teach that (I just read an article on it) but it's what people THINK it teaches... which is wrong and we all know how people always get it wrong but if it DOES and the article was wrong then I'd actually be pretty angry... Okay, so that's all I have to say... o.o<br />
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- Hank-Hannah<br />
P.S. Christians, don't be offended.

To each his own

Great to hear someone who can think for themselves. This all loving God is something religions have made up to keep their followers. I certainly don't think there is anything that answers prayers, or if there is it ought to be replaced. There is a real God, DON'T RUN AWAY! I am not going to try convert you and change your mind. Read my story 'So Simple', it will give you a totally different idea of God, it doesn't know you exist, doesn't require worshipping and I think it's trying to get rid of mankind.

God does exist, but I respect your opinion. I cant prove he exists, nor can you prove he doesnt exist.<br />
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:) Talk to me, am interested in your views as to why.