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My Favourite Reaction So Far To My Loss Of Faith


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So a good friend of mine messaged me today about whether I wanted to participate in a pro-life protest march. Up until the other week, I hadn't seen her in a fair few months and she'd only gotten updates about me through another friend, so I wasn't completely sure whether that friend had told her about my recent loss of belief. By her asking me about the march, I realised that she probably didn't know. While she isn't the most committed Christian, she holds more conservative views than I did as a Christian and so I was still concerned about what her reaction might be if I told her. But since I had told most of my other close friends up to this point, I felt she should know. I came right out with messaging her I was no longer a Christian. I don't know what I thought I might get, because the conversation ended on a very positive note. She expressed that she had her own doubts and wanted to have a proper catch-up to find out more of what I thought. Wow! I got quite elated and felt honored that she thought of me as some authority on the matter. However, I almost feel as if I don't know enough since it's a somewhat recent change for me. It's just my own insecurity talking though and I think I'll have helpful things to say when we catch up, since I have thought about why I no longer believe a lot. I have to say that I feel more excited about this than I ever did at the prospect of telling non-believers about Jesus. It was a refreshing thing to hear rather than hearing why I'm wrong or that I should still 'seek God'.

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Well, the change might be recent for you but you are a lot older - or at least further advanced - in your unbelief than her.  She might be calling for help.

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This is good news, wt.  I wouldn't worry about whether you'll know just what to say.  As friends you can just let it hang out with each other.  smile.png

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That's great! Don't worry too much, all you can do is be a friend and let her know what happened to you/changed your mind about the faith.

I'm sure she's not going to be drilling you with questions. :) I'd be pleasantly surprised if one of my friends responded that way, a whole lot better than the "gods right, you're wrong" sort of thing.

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Well, the change might be recent for you but you are a lot older - or at least further advanced - in your unbelief than her.  She might be calling for help.

Yeah, that's what I thought too.

 

This is good news, wt.  I wouldn't worry about whether you'll know just what to say.  As friends you can just let it hang out with each other.  smile.png

Thanks Ficino, that's the more important thing. :)

 

That's great! Don't worry too much, all you can do is be a friend and let her know what happened to you/changed your mind about the faith.

I'm sure she's not going to be drilling you with questions. smile.png I'd be pleasantly surprised if one of my friends responded that way, a whole lot better than the "gods right, you're wrong" sort of thing.

You're probably right :). I wish there were more people around that would respond more like her, it sucks that there are too many people around for both of us who don't.  

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wanderingthoughts,

 

This seems like a good opportunity for you to tell someone in person about your new perspective -- and someone who is a Christian. And your friend has some questions and doubts, herself. She might be more curious to learn about your perspective than you realize.

 

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It does seem like she's pretty interested in knowing what I think. What I like is that she's simply willing to ask questions and it appears to mean little to her whether I'm in the fold or not. 

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