show her your forum name :thumbsup:I think my mom was under the impression that I was just rebelling when she found out that I no longer believed, I think she still thinks that. I know that's what my dad thinks.
I'm just kinda surprised that the results are that widespread.
Because we do the research and form an opinion ourselves instead of believing what we are told.
I've met plenty of people who consider themselves devout Catholics who go to church on Sunday and spend the other 6 days of the week sinning any way they can.The failure of religion as of late isn't that less people believe in God, but rather don't believe in the church. Between hypocritcal church members, preachers stealing money hand over fist from the elderly and priests molesting kids it's hard to "follow" or have faith in all the nonsense that seems to surround religion regularly.
Unfortunately, many of the followers of the Christian (or likely all of the major) faith know little about what they are actually following. In fact, a vast amount say they are "following" and are in practice doing nothing of the sort.
Atheists and Agnostics know more about religion because they are the type of people who do research, think about things, and have to know facts before deciding (anything). It makes sense, and at least they read what they needed to read to make a decision for themselves.
The biggest thing that turns people off of Christianity is other Christians, and once again, cant say I disagree. Nothing worse then someone saying "I am right, and you are wrong" and then acting how anyone else acts all the time.
If you guys didnt know, I am a practicing Christian. I had fallen away from the faith for about 12 years from 1998-2009. Late last year I started studying again, and in March of 2010 I was re-baptized. Since then I spend weekly time in the word and attend church 3 times a week. Even so, I am learning all the time, and keep an open mind about everything. You cant be a sheep in the "internet age" and even so, about 80% of the people even at my own church seem to be "sheep". Its sad.
I say, do you own research on things you are curious to know about, and make your own decision that is right for you. Dont let anyone tell you that you are right or wrong. Just be respectful of others, no matter what they choose to believe. Many Christians would disagree with me on that, but that's just how I choose to do things. 9/10 of my friends are not Christians.
x2 I'm baptized and confirmed. I like religion and miss the comfort and simplicity that it offers, but in the end I couldn't connect the dots. I believed primarily because I was taken to church and grew up in rural Texas where everyone believed. Might have been a few Buddhists, but I never knew of Muslims other than what I read. Out there outside the norm would pretty much be Mormons and Jews. Nothing to be feared or hated due to the general homogeneity of San Angelo. I did the whole Bible Studies etc. and Honestly until I moved to Dallas I never considered anything else. I didn't do things out of fear, but rather that I enjoyed them. Life was simple and easy. Things seemed more certain. I still and the person I am today because of my many years of being brought up in the Methodist church. It crafted me into what I think would be a much better person than some unguided soul. I don't believe however much I wish to, but when I have kids I don't think I wouldn't elect to take them to church and leave my two pence out of it. I don't know, but hopefully that bridge is still a long way off. :lol:You know Jared, when you're not trying to hype or sell something you're pretty well spoken. :lol: