A Miscellany 197
The lie has been passed on and on and on
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Your site is very refreshing. Being a recent agnostic convert has been very tough.
I (like many others) was raised in the Pentecostal church and I am surrounded by "on fire" family members. I have been cast out and looked down on for using my mind. I was raised my entire life in the church. My parents have always been either youth pastors or some higher authority in the church. I too accepted the way I was raised. Why would I think my parents lied to me? Because the lie has been passed on and on and on. It's not their fault.
I accepted Christianity and Jesus Christ until my son was born (I was 27). I started questioning "how should I raise my son?" How did I know I was raising him the right way. There are so many religions in the world. How do I know I'm raising my son in the right one?
I have been struggling with this issue of religion for 3 years now. Not having an answer to my questions has been driving me mad. I sat down and started the bible over from page one and began questioning. I did not even get past Noah before I closed the book and made the decision that man made religion.
Now, I do believe that a higher power can be proven through philosophy and rational thought. But I cannot be ruled anymore by the poison we call religion. Anyway, I was very happy to find your site and see that there are many more like me. It is comforting in a world of hateful and judgemental Christians.