Deidre

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Deidre last won the day on April 12 2015

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About Deidre

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    I left Christianity nearly five years ago, and identified as an atheist for a few of those years. I returned to Christianity a little over a year ago. Fast forward to this week, and I've realized that all of these years, I've logically accepted atheism as my worldview, but emotionally, after my grandmother died over two years ago, I felt like a fish out of water, looking for different religions to give me comfort for my grief. I no longer desire to believe, and that is probably the biggest factor now. I'm at a crossroads but done with theism. I'm leaning towards atheism, but my heart needs to match up with my mind. In all of us, our emotions battle against our minds and logic, sometimes. But, the important thing is to not let your emotions govern you. My label on here is 'authentic christian' ...but I'm not that, anymore. I don't wish to really post here anymore, because I wasn't treated kindly here when I came back to faith, and it surprised me but, I just wanted some who cared about me here, to know where I'm at. Best wishes on your journeys. :)

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  1. Not qualified, but it would be interesting to teach a particular faith or set of spiritual beliefs to others. But, can faith be ''taught?'' Maybe the basic tenets of it, but beyond that, not sure much else can be 'taught.'' It's probably why I don't attend any one particular church all that often, because why is someone else's interpretation of faith, more relevant than how I view God, or my faith?
  2. I agree, but at the end of the day, it's all subjective. Faith will always be subjective, no matter what the faith beliefs are. To me, I believe it is my truth, but my truth won't necessarily be yours. And vice versa. I don't get hung up on worrying what others believe, so long as their faith beliefs don't intrude into my life, or try to force me to believe what they do. I think that is a problem with many Christians, specifically, but not all Christians think alike.
  3. Deidre

    Preparing to Say Goodbye to our Dog

    So sorry to hear this, sending you hugs.
  4. That feeling when you just closed your eyes to fall asleep, and the next minute the alarm on your phone is going off, time to get up. I slept well, but why do some nights feel like that? :blink:

    1. LogicalFallacy

      LogicalFallacy

      No idea... but it happens :)

  5. TY for the follow. I hope you're having a good weekend, Travi! 

    1. Travi

      Travi

      You're welcome :) Thanks for the add back, trying to get my friend/follow list back up to date. I can't remember who all I had beforehand, lol

  6. Thanks for the follow, and I'll follow you back. :)

    1. LogicalFallacy

      LogicalFallacy

      You are welcome Deidre. Thanks :)

  7. It makes total sense. I appreciate you sharing this. It's about what makes sense to us, what makes us feel complete maybe? Not sure if that's quite the right word, but...it only matters to follow your own heart. Ancient Greece seems to have beautiful rituals and traditions. Do you follow any particular set of ''traditions'' or anything that stands out from other faiths?
  8. I agree that religion is not needed. I don't consider myself as "religious," but I'm knowledgeable about religions. I will agree that no one needs a religion or religious institution to be the go between when it comes to having a relationship with God. Think the main problem with religion in general is that many religious people seek to intrude into the government etc with their views. Not just Christians. Since Islam is growing at a significant rate I see it surpassing Christianity, and it will be interesting if Sharia Law tries to wedge its way into government. Time will tell.
  9. That's true. But sometimes an atheist answers ''I'm an agnostic atheist,'' which really...agnosticism has to do with a place of knowledge, in other words...the atheist isn't certain that a god doesn't exist, but believes that one doesn't exist based on the lack of evidence. Some call themselves spiritual atheists, and on and on it goes. The thing is that when it comes to faith, spirituality, religion (not all are the same), people's ''relationships'' with their beliefs or their God or gods, will always be personal, and will vary from person to person. I don't think it's a bad thing, but I don't make up my own rules about Christianity, for example, there are obviously principles that I adhere to, but it's still a relationship between me and God, you know? Not for someone on the outside of my life to ''decide.''
  10. lol! That's funny. When I left Christianity, a few of my Christian friends said ''you'll always be a Christian,'' and one other one said ''you were never a true Christian.'' It's pretty arrogant when ''friends'' tell you who they think you are, I lost a few ''friends'' during that time. So you were once a Calvinist, I don't know too much about Calvinism.
  11. Who defines it, I guess is the better question. Are you defining it for someone else? Generically speaking, following Jesus would be good enough of a defintion for me, but I don't even need the label. Often times, if someone asks me my beliefs or if I'm spiritual, etc...I tend to answer, ''I believe in what Jesus taught, and try to follow His teachings.'' His teachings are what I feel comfortable as a guide to my life, but that's not to say it's not hard. You were once a Christian...the sum total of Christianity in my opinion, is forgiveness. There's a lot of white noise that gets in the way, but I don't think anyone can tell someone else...''you're not a Christian,'' etc. Many Christians feel that gay people shouldn't be a part of the church because they're living in sin. But, I don't see it that way...does that make me not a Christian? I believe that every believer's life and what he/she does is between them and God, and not for me to judge. That's the trouble with where Christianity has gone though, there are a lot of judges pointing fingers telling people they're not real Christians, but who are they to judge, you know? What makes one an atheist? Not all atheists think alike either. And again, who is defining it? Faith, spirituality, etc...it's not an exact science, it's based on the believer's experiences and subjective point of view. Everyone on this site has a different story as to why they left faith, there might be commonalities in the stories that overlap, but everyone's story is unique.
  12. i guess I don't understand why if someone finds Christianity to be meaningless for him/her, why that same person assumes everyone should just take their opinions as facts and also find it meaningless?
  13. I am trying, actually. Following Jesus doesn't mean someone will be sin free, or perfect. It means striving... Wow, we all seem to interpret Scripture differently. lol
  14. I think that completely following Jesus is hard, but it’s in the striving to want to be like Jesus, that makes one a Christian. It’s not works, by themselves…but faith and works. Oh gosh, this is reminding me of Sunday school.
  15. ''The best way you can determine if you trust someone, is to trust them.'' -Ernest Hemingway ...Idk about that. lol

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    2. LogicalFallacy

      LogicalFallacy

      "Trust is like a piece of paper, once crumpled it is never the same" - Someone wise, but It's too late and I can't be stuffed finding out whosaidit

      "Trust is earned not given" - someone else who is wise

      "So learn about trust, how it works and how to build it. If you do it well, other people will give you the earth. If you betray them, they will hunt you to the ends of the earth." http://changingminds.org/explanations/trust/what_is_trust.htm 

    3. Storm

      Storm

      I agree to a point. I will trust people until I have no reason to trust them. I will be the first to say that I have been burned by this, but I still trust first in many situations. Not all, but many. I choose to see the best in people. We all have faults and baggage. We all make mistakes. I would rather trust first and reap the benefits of it rather than be a skeptic and miss out. It will hurt at times, but in the end, I get more. My $.02

    4. Deidre

      Deidre

      I agree with you Storm. I'm a pretty guarded person, and missed some great people in my life, because of it. But, I'm getting better. Godod points ExPCA and LogicalFallacy :)