Stargazer95 Posted September 17, 2018 Share Posted September 17, 2018 My name is Katrina, and I am well on my way out of Christianity. I'm not quite there yet - it's still a journey, and I'm open to returning if the evidence goes that way. But I think my exit is inevitable, hence why I'm here lol Some background. I was raised in a strong Christian home and was "saved" at the age of 8. For most of my childhood and teen years I just kinda went through the motions and hadn't really made my faith my own. At 18 I re-committed my life to Christ and started taking it more seriously. Shortly after that I discovered apologetics, and loved it. It brought me a lot of joy to know that my faith didn't have to be blind, but could be backed up with evidence and arguments. And so I embraced it wholeheartedly. A couple of years ago I became friends with a Muslim who challenged me on a lot of things. Really pushed me and forced me to admit to myself that a lot of the answers I had been given were not adequate. There were a lot of holes and problems with the bible and Christian doctrine in general. My thinking also started changing on things like hell and original sin, and I found that I could no longer accept that billions would go to hell for a sin nature they had not chosen, and the only way to escape was to believe in one particular religion out of many possible options. I feel like the game has been rigged from the beginning, and the majority of the time, not in our favour. And the concept of eternal suffering for finite sins is absolutely horrific and makes me sick to my stomach. I'm coming to the conclusion that the bible is a very human book. The authors had no knowledge of modern science, and conflicts are obvious (Genesis for example). The God of the bible is petty and cruel (e.g. Numbers 31 and the slaughter of innocent little boys). And there are various other errors, contradictions, and problems that to my mind, have not or cannot be answered adequately. All in all, the bible reads exactly as you would expect for a book of its time. There's no indication of any divine fingerprints here at all. Anyway. The reason I joined this site is because I don't want to make this journey alone. I know it will be difficult and painful, and so it's good to be able to connect with people who have made similar journeys. So that's my story and it's nice to meet you all 2 1 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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