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I was raised an atheist and am now an atheist. I can't imagine becoming religious, but I am curious about those of you who were raised one way, either religiously or not, but changed to the other side as you got older. What made you change? Are you happier now? Please share your stories!
 

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I have two pairs of flip-flops. I have never asked my shoes if they were bound to a certain religion, but they have been faithfully comfortable when I wear them.<br><br><br><br>
Not sure if this helps or not.
 

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I was raised atheist, then became Pagan. It would probably require a book to explain all the details of how and why that happened, but the succinct answer is that I gradually came to perceive that the atheist worldview was limiting the types of experience I could engage in and appreciate, and limiting the tools I had available to me for learning about myself and my relationship with the world.<br><br><br><br>
I am indeed much happier now. My life is richer, my relationships with other people are vastly better, and there's a lot more love, and a lot less stress, surrounding me these days.<br><br><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/broccoli.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":bobo:">
 

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I was raised an atheist and am now an atheist. I can't imagine becoming religious, but I am curious about those of you who were raised one way, either religiously or not, but changed to the other side as you got older. What made you change? Are you happier now? Please share your stories!</div>
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so this has absolutely nothing to do with flip flops?<br><br><br><br>
strangely i was a bit downhearted that shoes arent the topic here... mabye it's just proof that i actually AM a female... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/shocked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":eek:">
 

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Raised Christian until age 6<br><br>
mom re-married a man that followed Native American beliefs, was exposed to those ideas and started to get really confused<br><br>
became agnostic around 10<br><br>
atheist around 14<br><br>
agnostic again around 16<br><br>
looked into Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, and New Age stuff over the next few years<br><br>
recently became Christian for a month <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/laugh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":lol:"><br><br>
gave that up and now I'm figuring things out. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
I'm happier now than I have been at any other time. I have always been searching, but I'm more at peace with where I am in this moment than I ever have been before. I consider myself to be spiritual but not religious at this point, and I don't ever see myself following an organized religion ever again.
 

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Here are some.<br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.orientaltrading.com/application?namespace=browse&origin=searchMain.jsp&event=link.itemDetails&demandPrefix=12&sku=36/1646&mode=Searching&erec=0&D=shoe&Ntt=shoe&Ntk=all&Dx=mode%252bmatchallpartial&Ntx=mode%252bmatchallpartial&N=0&sd=V.B.S.+%22FAITH+FINDERS%22+GUM+SHOE+ROLL+TAPE+GUM" target="_blank">http://www.orientaltrading.com/appli...+ROLL+TAPE+GUM</a>
 

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I don't have a story myself(as my dad was the one who taught me religious beliefs as a child, and I have stuck to them), but I have one from my mom.<br><br><br><br>
She was raised Christian, but around age 16 she became disillusioned with the Christian churches because she felt many (not all) of the people didn't seem to be at church for the joy of worshipping God so much as being there out of duty, for social prestige, ect.. This was detracting from her enjoyment of going to church, so she became a (still devout) non-denominational Christian. Around 18 she discovered the Baha'i faith and joined it, while still believing in Jesus. She also ended up becoming interested in Buddhism and Hinduism, and believing in those religions, also. She even had a Buddhist spiritual teacher. At age 45, she finally decided to leave the Baha'i faith and become a Hindu/Buddhist combination, because she couldn't reconcile her beliefs in reincarnation on the Earth with the fact that the Baha'i religion doesn't believe in this.<br><br><br><br>
She says she feels much more spiritually fulfilled now then she did with her prior religions.
 

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I've been an atheist since I was five and I still am. However, I wanted to present another angle to you question. Belief or lack of belief is usually deeply integrated into your worldview at an early age. It becomes part of your "hard coded" perspective on life.<br><br><br><br>
Frankly, I don't see how some one can go from not believing to believing (or vice versa) on a drop of a hat.<br><br><br><br>
For me, an earth shattering event would have to occure before would I started believing in a god. (e.g. seven horsemen riding down Main Street)<br><br>
I imagine those who are theist would have an equally hard time switching over to atheism.<br><br><br><br>
So, for theist who have turned to atheist, have you really stopped beleiving in a god, or are you just disenchanted with you particular religion?
 

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Drat, I thought this thread would be about a summer marketing scheme by a "Christian" apparel distributor!
 

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skylark, seriously, so did I. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/laugh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":lol:"><br><br><br><br>
I don't have any personal stories, actually. I was raised atheist, and after a brief moment of casually looking at Wicca and Paganism and wondering if they proved that there is more out there than science can demonstrate, I reaffirmed my atheism. I'm just not convinced that any of the religions out there can provide any answers for me. But I do have respect for certain religions, such as Wicca, because it just seems to me to be a gentler religion than some of the others.
 

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I thought you meant these<br><a href="http://cdn.veggieboards.com/1/14/14c04ffd_vbattach5516.jpeg"><img alt="LL" src="http://cdn.veggieboards.com/1/14/525x525px-LL-14c04ffd_vbattach5516.jpeg" style="width:400px;height:363px;"></a>
 

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wow...<br><br><br><br>
i want those shoes... even if i'm not christian <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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Frankly, I don't see how some one can go from not believing to believing (or vice versa) on a drop of a hat.<br><br><br><br>
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So, for theist who have turned to atheist, have you really stopped beleiving in a god, or are you just disenchanted with you particular religion?</div>
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so, i was a christian until this past fall. i wouldn't definitely call myself an "atheist" but, pretty much that is where i fall.<br><br><br><br>
and, no i don't see how someone could go from one thing to another "on the drop of a hat" either. it took me about 1-1.5 years of really thinking over whether i really believed everything christians believe, and it was a progression of saying: well, i don't believe this, i don't believe this, i do believe this, etc etc.<br><br><br><br>
finally i realized i was no longer a christian. and then, not even agnostic.<br><br><br><br>
and, no, for me, i am not "just disenchanted with my particular religion". which is probably why i didn't just switch to a new one.
 

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I don't have my own story to contribute, but <a href="http://www.iidb.org/vbb/showthread.php?t=35947" target="_blank">http://www.iidb.org/vbb/showthread.php?t=35947</a> has many stories of how people became atheist.<br><br><br><br>
I know there are also many websites for exchristians, exmuslims, mormons, jehova's witnesses, and even Amish. Might want to try searching for former or apostate and particular religions. I find these stories fascinating.
 

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so, i was a christian until this past fall. i wouldn't definitely call myself an "atheist" but, pretty much that is where i fall.<br><br><br><br>
and, no i don't see how someone could go from one thing to another "on the drop of a hat" either. it took me about 1-1.5 years of really thinking over whether i really believed everything christians believe, and it was a progression of saying: well, i don't believe this, i don't believe this, i do believe this, etc etc.<br><br><br><br>
finally i realized i was no longer a christian. and then, not even agnostic.<br><br><br><br>
and, no, for me, i am not "just disenchanted with my particular religion". which is probably why i didn't just switch to a new one.</div>
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Well, I welcome you into the least trusted group in America, catswym. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/hi.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":hi:">
 

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I don't have my own story to contribute, but <a href="http://www.iidb.org/vbb/showthread.php?t=35947" target="_blank">http://www.iidb.org/vbb/showthread.php?t=35947</a> has many stories of how people became atheist.<br><br><br><br>
I know there are also many websites for exchristians, exmuslims, mormons, jehova's witnesses, and even Amish. Might want to try searching for former or apostate and particular religions. I find these stories fascinating.</div>
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Thanks for posting this Thalia. I think it's interesting, too. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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I was raised atheist, then became Pagan. It would probably require a book to explain all the details of how and why that happened, but the succinct answer is that I gradually came to perceive that <b>the atheist worldview was limiting the types of experience I could engage in and appreciate, and limiting the tools I had available to me for learning about myself and my relationship with the world.</b><br><br><br><br>
I am indeed much happier now. My life is richer, my relationships with other people are vastly better, and there's a lot more love, and a lot less stress, surrounding me these days.<br><br><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/broccoli.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":bobo:"></div>
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I'm curious! Would you mind going into more detail? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Raised Christian until age 6<br><br>
mom re-married a man that followed Native American beliefs, was exposed to those ideas and started to get really confused<br><br>
became agnostic around 10<br><br>
atheist around 14<br><br>
agnostic again around 16<br><br>
looked into Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, and New Age stuff over the next few years<br><br>
recently became Christian for a month <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/laugh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":lol:"><br><br>
gave that up and now I'm figuring things out. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
I'm happier now than I have been at any other time. I have always been searching, but I'm more at peace with where I am in this moment than I ever have been before. I consider myself to be spiritual but not religious at this point, and I don't ever see myself following an organized religion ever again.</div>
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You might want to read Why I am Not a Christian, by Bertrand Russell. My bf was raised in a religious home and felt alone (and confused by) his own lack of belief...until he read that book at 15, I believe. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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I thought you meant these</div>
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Lol! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/cool3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":cool:">
 

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You might want to read Why I am Not a Christian, by Bertrand Russell. My bf was raised in a religious home and felt alone (and confused by) his own lack of belief...until he read that book at 15, I believe. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"></div>
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Thank you for the suggestion. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 
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