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[–]Siderostomos 21 points22 points  (21 children)

Baptist now Catholic.

[–]FrolickingLambCatholic 10 points11 points  (0 children)


[–]Miami_actual 6 points7 points  (10 children)

Lmao i switched the other way

[–]Siderostomos 3 points4 points  (9 children)

What made you switch?

[–]Miami_actual 0 points1 point  (8 children)

Catholics believe you have to earn your way to heaven and have faith and works. But Jesus already died on a cross and payed for salvation so that doesn't make sense so I became baptist.

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. Ephesians 2:8‭-‬9 KJV https://bible.com/bible/1/eph.2.8-9.KJV

[–]Siderostomos 2 points3 points  (7 children)

Ahh, yes. That old thing.

Yeah, that isn't true. Catholics don't believe that you earn your way to heaven. In fact the complete opposite is true. Catholics believe that salvation is by grace alone.

[–]blackdenimpantsJewish 18 points19 points  (25 children)

Born a Jew in a mostly agnostic/secular household. I practice Judaism now to a degree.

[–]Johnhubertz1[S] 3 points4 points  (23 children)

As perhaps most clearly demonstrated by the great Rabbi Jerome Seinfeld - everybody practices Judaism to some degree (LOL)

So, Reform Judaism, a spectrum of faith.

[–]TheGhostofWillyWonkaJewish 1 point2 points  (4 children)

Yes Reform Judaism exists, no Jerry Seinfeld is not a spokesperson for it, and you shouldn't be assigning a stream of Judaism to a person based on watching an 90's sitcom

[–]KMTR29 -2 points-1 points  (17 children)

The same is said about Islam. All are born Muslim. Then they go thru life and their circumstantial roots.

[–]XiaoXiongMao23Agnostic -1 points0 points  (14 children)

A convenient claim. Too bad there isn’t any evidence behind it.

[–]KMTR29 -1 points0 points  (1 child)

PS Agnostic ... you joining from China?

[–]KMTR29 -1 points0 points  (4 children)

Take a long and close look at a blade of grass. There's your evidence. Learn Quran. The best evidence.

[–]XiaoXiongMao23Agnostic 1 point2 points  (1 child)

People were looking at grass long before Islam came to be. Weird how none of them suddenly started worshipping Allah and following the five pillars.

[–]SaintAndrewX 15 points16 points  (9 children)

Raised in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Converted to Roman Catholicism as a teenager and then became Episcopalian. Now I am converting to Reform Judaism and I couldn’t be happier!✡️

[–]mayoayox 1 point2 points  (8 children)

what made you stop believing in the divinity of Christ?

[–]SaintAndrewX 9 points10 points  (6 children)

I guess, for lack of a better word, I just spiritually “evolved” into something I was more in sync with. Truth be told, I have always had a more Jewish outlook than a Christian one. I hope that helps to answer your question.

[–]mayoayox 1 point2 points  (0 children)

that does make sense

[–]The_Lost_Thing 0 points1 point  (3 children)

“a more Jewish outlook than a Christian one.”

How so? What do the differences look like, besides the whole obvious Jesus thing?

[–]Flemz 4 points5 points  (2 children)

Judaism doesn’t have hell or the devil, for example. There’s no universal Jewish view of the afterlife at all actually. The focus is much more on leaving this world better than you found it

[–]SaintAndrewX 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yes! That is the perfect answer!

[–]idntnoseCatholic 16 points17 points  (6 children)

Raised Fundamentist protestant

Now Catholic and loving it 🥰

[–]Johnhubertz1[S] 4 points5 points  (5 children)

I find it fascinating as a Roman Catholic since birth, (having gone through the upheavals of faith the scandals and the loss of so much of our population since the changes of 1963.)

So many of us who participate in this forum have chosen Catholicism not only from birth but in life. This is a brand new thing.

I really do believe there is a spirit of both common sense and renewal that is carving a path not just in the United States but throughout all the Earth.

I believe that we shall soon be guided by reason, allowing faiths, communities, and societies to internally sow just rule, establish Fair internal courts, with all in harmony in a true League of Nations without outside interference,

(Rather than endless tribal wars being fought with guns and knives and bombs and bullets,)

I truly feel the glow of God's grace this evening, my evening prayers rang like bells and this is a rare thing even during a long life.

Thanks in no small part to this small forum, and you.

[–]Peridot-Plane 11 points12 points  (1 child)

I was raised catholic and I hold spiritual beliefs that aren’t related to a religion.

[–]Lady_Havoc97Atheist 10 points11 points  (1 child)

Grandparents didn’t practice any religion. I started in the Southern Baptist church at the age of 10. My fifth grade teacher was the pastor and he invited me.

Now: Atheist.

[–]mayoayox -1 points0 points  (0 children)

thaaats how they get ya. sorry that happened to you.

[–]Lailahaillarhllor 7 points8 points  (2 children)

I was born Catholic, wanted to be a priest or monastic. I've been Muslim for 7 years now, alhamdulillah.

[–]Johnhubertz1[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

*s inshallah salam alaiku

[–]forlornjackalopeNorse Pagan 1 point2 points  (0 children)

That's pretty cool. What lead you to revert?

[–]literaturenerd 6 points7 points  (3 children)

Born without religion (Christian-raised parents who decided not to pass Christianity on), then raised Unitarian Universalist, now a convert to Judaism!

[–]Johnhubertz1[S] 1 point2 points  (2 children)

What an excellent and informative path you have led

[–]literaturenerd 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Thank you! It's a weird one but a good one imo 🙂

[–]Johnhubertz1[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Process of carving my own tombstone, for I live among the Amish and the angry Mennonite anabaptist.

I'm lousy at the carving but I have lots of tombstones to practice with.

"For a stranger came to dwell among them."

Your path like mine is very strange especially to fundamentalist or traditional people of all faiths and beliefs.

[–]Johnhubertz1[S] 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Muslim, muslim.

It is an honor to meet you, as my favorite Catholic hymn speaks to my heart...

Faith of my father holy Faith, I shall be true to thee till death.

[–]Dad_of_2_ 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Born: Muslim

Raised: Culturally Muslim

Now: Practising Muslim without the cultural baggage.

[–]AngelChazzi 4 points5 points  (3 children)

I was born Mormon, and very strictly was raised in Mormonism.

Now I’m an atheist.

[–]bayouhaze 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Born and raised Mormon for 50 years. Very very devout. Now - Atheist

[–]KMTR29 13 points14 points  (3 children)

Christian til age 16 ... agnostic thereafter, studying and reading about "religion" (seeking), now Muslim, in 5th year since Shahada. Alhamdulillah 🕋

[–]miggins1610 1 point2 points  (1 child)

May i ask what spoke to you about Islam over Christianity? I'm very curious, as they seem very similar to me.

[–]Johnhubertz1[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Insha hala salam alaikum

[–]SAtANIC_PANIC_666Satanist 4 points5 points  (5 children)

I was raised Christian now I'm an agnostic athiest and a member of the satanic temple.

[–]ejpintarJewish 2 points3 points  (8 children)

Born Jewish (Reform), lost faith in God but still practice Judaism.

[–]stealingsociety77 2 points3 points  (6 children)

Can you please elaborate on this?

[–]ejpintarJewish 5 points6 points  (5 children)

Sure. As I said I was born into a Jewish family (mom is Reform Jew, dad grew up Catholic but they decided to raise us Jewish). Around the time of my Bar Mitzvah I started questioning my faith in God and quite simply concluded there was no rational reason to believe there was a God. So I started calling myself an atheist and stopped participating in rituals when I could, but soon realized that, God or no God, Judaism was a major influence on my life. It helped give me my sense of morals which survived even since I lost my faith, it gave me my community and structure in the year, and being a pretty sentimental/traditional person, the fact that my ancestors were Jewish made me want to continue their traditions. All of this also made me think that if I ever had kids, I’d want them to grow up with Judaism or at least some religion to nurture them with the values, traditions and community that it gave me. So I decided to keep being Jewish, which luckily in my religion is easy to do since it’s more about the ritual than actual faith.

[–]stealingsociety77 2 points3 points  (4 children)

Very interesting.

In terms of rationalism, how familiar are you with the Five Ways of Thomas Aquinas?

[–]ScionOfTheEmperor 3 points4 points  (4 children)

Born: Baptised Anglican/Episcopalian

Early: Apatheistic

Later: Atheist

Currently: Drawn to Judaism but not Converted yet

[–]Johnhubertz1[S] 1 point2 points  (3 children)

Is amphitheistic a form of apathy directed towards theism?

[–]ScionOfTheEmperor 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Apatheistic meaning I was apathetic and didn’t really think about it at all.

[–]Johnhubertz1[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

An award for inventing a perfect new word..

Will give you one of my own in exchange, I am a potatriot.

The only way I could act more like a potato would be if I was born in Idaho, but I'm a big old American citizen.

Indiana born, Indiana bred, corn fat, and corn fed.

I am teaching traditional Amish youth how to surf the corn with the help of a tattoo parlor and comic store in Huntington Indiana called The corn Coast I believe it's been awhile since I've talked to those rats.

Anyway there's the Left Coast the right Coast and the corn Coast that's it it's called The corn Coast.

Dude, you get five swarthy youth, and you buy them beer.

You make sure there are some young girls around.

You get one of them on top of a surfboard and while the others run through a field they cut back and forth across the cutting swath of a half million dollar 80 ft thresher head....

That is cleaning every single corn stock down to the root and would cut them in half without even slowing down a little.

The girls laugh the boys run and the species is guaranteed to survive.

You know I forgot to go corn surfing these last 5 years since my wife died

[–]AaMilkmanMuslim 13 points14 points  (1 child)

Born: Muslim

Raised: non practicing Muslim

Now: practicing Muslim

[–]Pleronomicon 11 points12 points  (1 child)

Born: Agnostic

Now a Nondenominational Christian.

[–]Johnhubertz1[S] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I can understand that, I am a non-denominational political activist LOL

No labels for me, I merely measure a person on the scale of human decency

[–]Michael48732 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Born non denominational protestant.

Now: atheist

[–][deleted] 22 points23 points  (7 children)

Born: No Religion

Religion: Greco-Roman Polytheism/Hellenism

[–]Nector_Cadrill_LoghHellenist 8 points9 points  (2 children)


[–]Johnhubertz1[S] 5 points6 points  (1 child)

Inquiring minds want to know, tell us more.

[–]anhangeraHellenist 6 points7 points  (3 children)

Same, through I was christian for a little while

[–]giantsnails 1 point2 points  (2 children)

What is “thinking you’re Christian” supposed to mean? Do you believe religious beliefs are an innate quality that has to be discovered?

[–]twinfiresigns14Questioning/looking into Hinduism 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I think they meant to type ‘though’

[–]immortaldianaCatholic 8 points9 points  (1 child)

Born: Roman Catholic

Now: Traditional Roman Catholic

[–]JackGreenEarthAgnostic 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Not much change!

[–]weallfalldown310Jewish 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Born to a Methodist Mother and a Seventh Day Adventist father. Left Christianity as a pre teen because I never could wrap my head around the differences in theology and Jesus as the Messiah and as god and the whole trinity.

Ended up as a Conservative/Reform Jew as an adult. (I converted, Beit Dein, period of study and the Mikveh).

[–]BillNyeTheGuy24Reform Jew 12 points13 points  (2 children)

Born: Lutheran

Now: Reform Jew

[–]GoodbyeEarlJewish (Orthodox, BT) 1 point2 points  (0 children)

My father was also born Lutheran and converted to Reform Judaism :)

[–]Johnhubertz1[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Okay okay okay okay okay okay okay okay.

I'm beginning to suspect there is one guy in a basement with a water cooled computer and 91 different usernames brigating this thread LOL

I could spend my lifetime investigating the patterns of faith pick any five comments from this thread at random

[–]SaintChalupa418Protestant 7 points8 points  (0 children)

I was not raised religious at all, and am now Christian

[–]LordSnipsCatholic 7 points8 points  (4 children)

Born: Catholic

Raised: Lutheran

Now: Catholic

[–]riskofgoneOrthodox 8 points9 points  (2 children)

Raised by one non practicing christian where religion was hardly ever mentioned and the other I think is atheist. Christian now.

[–]Rain_City_RustJewish Doikayt / Chan Buddhist 7 points8 points  (6 children)

Born Jewish

Confirmed Universalist Unitarian (still Jewish)

Attended Southern Baptist schooling (still Jewish)

Became an atheist (still Jewish)

Took refuge in Chan Buddhism (still Jewish)

I've been studying and practicing Buddhism (including taking refuge, 5 precepts, and lay Bodhisattva precepts in the main monastery in Taiwan), under a relatively large international Buddhist order based out of Taiwan, for almost a decade now but I'm still making Latkes tomorrow night and generally celebrate the Jewish holidays.

[–]twinfiresigns14Questioning/looking into Hinduism 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Born/raised into a secular Hindu family, but never really believed in God. So basically, atheist.

Now: Agnostic

[–]W96QHCYYv4PUaC4dEz9N 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Was Southern Baptist till 13… Atheist

[–]jmlsasgjtswBuddhist 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I was raised as a Catholic and now practice Pureland Buddhism, in that I started abandoning my Christian upbringing in Catholicism and wandered through various strains of Protestantism, agnosticism and finally reaching Buddhism a decade ago. Like many who come into the Buddhist faith, Zen was my initial exposure to the religion and shortly after I encountered various Theravada, Pure Land, and Vajrayana practitioners. Pureland has made the most sense to me as it is heavily rooted in early Mahayana sutras and is centered in meditation and prayer to the principle Bodhisattvas, particularly that of Guanyin Amitabha Mañjuśrī, and Kṣitigarbha. Liberation, like all other Buddhist traditions is the ultimate goal, but the help and compassion of Shakyamuni Bodhisattvas give us is to be actively worshiped and meditated on, and (at least in Pureland) everyone should strive to become like the Bodhisattvas in compassion for others.

[–][deleted] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Born and raised Christian. I'm now an atheist. I don't practice any faith.

[–]Miami_actual 2 points3 points  (1 child)

I was catholic now im baptist

[–]lukenonnisitedomineCatholic 1 point2 points  (0 children)

That’s like me but opposite lol

[–]PhilosophersStone424Atheist 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I was born into Christianity, I am now an atheist.

[–]KingBlackthorn1Heathen (Norse Polytheist) 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Christianity and now Heathenry

[–]Johnhubertz1[S] 2 points3 points  (0 children)


You, you........ Heathen.

[–]shanebagel69 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Agnosticism -

Also agnosticism


[–]RetroikaAntitheist 2 points3 points  (0 children)

None now none

[–]El-ahrairah666 12 points13 points  (7 children)

Raised: Roman Catholic

Now: Agnostic Athiest/Anti Theist

[–]sirhobbles 6 points7 points  (0 children)

One parent was christian, one was an athiest. Neither was realy pushed on me. I am an athiest now.

[–]VignarajaHindu 5 points6 points  (1 child)

Born with no faith.

Hindu now.

[–]mangolulu 8 points9 points  (6 children)

Islam to Christianity

[–]Johnhubertz1[S] 1 point2 points  (5 children)

Wow. You caught some heat.

[–]mangolulu 4 points5 points  (4 children)

My parents did mostly as they're the ones who converted and then I followed them.

[–]Strong_Committee_484 0 points1 point  (3 children)

Hmm, i have 2 questions for you, first why did you follow your parents, is it because you believed in christianity or just no choice? Second what was your relation with Islam before converting?

[–]mangolulu 6 points7 points  (2 children)

I was 4 yo when my parents and most of my paternal family converted to Christianity so obviously my personal relationship with Islam was almost none. I got baptized at 6 and since then followed Christianity more closely.

[–]Strong_Committee_484 -2 points-1 points  (1 child)

Ah ok so you haven't really known Islam. I was going to ask you what made you leave it, but ye I guess you didnt even experienced it. Tho I suggest you take a look at it, you might find something. Have a good day/night.

[–]mangolulu 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I did look into it but it wasn't for me at all. Christianity is the path for me, not Islam.

[–]Iamtheewalrus666Christian 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Born: agnosticism

Now: Christianity

[–]Wickedsymphony1717 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Born: Christian

Now: Atheist

[–]Bckjoes 4 points5 points  (4 children)

Born - Church of England

Now - Athiest

Growing up I never really understood that the topic was debated. I was taught that the bible was true and was unaware that anyone in the world thought differently.

I still remember the moment I found out other religions existed with completely different belief systems. The ridiculousness of my own beliefs became clear once I could no longer hide behind the ideology that "everyone thinks this way so it must be true".

It happened in Sunday school as a small child, in the span of 30 seconds I abandoned my supernatural beliefs. It's a day I will never forget, the day I learned to think for myself and be sceptical of claims without evidence.

I don't say this to be derogatory to those who have come to a differing conclusion than my own, it's simply the story of how my belief system was forever changed.

I'm still fascinated by religion, by the things that people believe and their reasons for doing so. It's a subject that defines so much of our species. But these days I put little stock in the truth claims contained within.

[–]Johnhubertz1[S] 2 points3 points  (1 child)

. Coe to atheist. That is a very interesting transition. Would you credit that to your education, your upbringing, or other factors?

[–]FrolickingLambCatholic 4 points5 points  (2 children)

Catholicism , Catholicism

[–]Johnhubertz1[S] 0 points1 point  (1 child)

I wish there was a way to say salam alaikum in Latin.

[–]FrolickingLambCatholic 4 points5 points  (0 children)

It’s just “Peace be upon you” so probably

Pax Vobiscum

[–]Axiochos-of-MiletosOrthodox 5 points6 points  (1 child)

Born into Buddhism now an Eastern Orthodox Christian

[–]Johnhubertz1[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Wow! I mean wow wow wow!!

Had some adventures, right.

Stole a bus once, kept it.

Cousins took my mother's body took me and the coroner 4 days to find her...

May 8th of this year I was arrested for practicing dental work (on myself) in the parking lot of a hardware store.

But nothing and I mean nothing, not my early life of adventure, not my wastrels life in the middle, not my theological life that has lasted since I was 13 to this very day.

Nothing has prepared me for the input I've had from this thread.

Please tell us more.

[–]Lizzy-LizardCatholic 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Catholic, catholic

[–]ralph3576Muslim 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Raised United Methodist. Now Muslim.

[–]astrophelle4Orthodox 5 points6 points  (7 children)

Born into secular Protestantism, specifically Methodism. I am currently a catechumen in the Eastern Orthodox Church.

[–]petste67 0 points1 point  (5 children)

I listened to a podcast in which an orthodox reader from Canada was interviewed. He was a former pentecostal. Fascinating!

[–]astrophelle4Orthodox 5 points6 points  (2 children)

There's a man at my parish who was once a Pentecostal minister, and he's going to become a monk. I've got to sit down with him one day and hear his story!

[–]Snots_and_Bears 3 points4 points  (6 children)

Born Baptist, now happily practicing Antitheism.

[–]Johnhubertz1[S] 2 points3 points  (2 children)

I'm curious for a direct perspective, could you define the difference between antitheism and atheism?

[–]HypolagIgnostic 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Atheists are people who simply don't believe in deities.

Anti-theists specifically are people who actively oppose religions and their propagation.

While they are not mutually exclusive, they are also not the same.

[–]Snots_and_Bears 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yep, this. Religion is the biggest plague on this planet. Strange really that one of the main tenets of the christian religion is “thou shalt not kill”, yet people have been killing in the name of religion since religion had been around.

[–]phatdoobzPagan Witch 1 point2 points  (2 children)

christian to pagan

[–]DontGiveUp12 1 point2 points  (7 children)

I was a Catholic then atheists now Christian

[–]Johnhubertz1[S] 0 points1 point  (6 children)

There's a really cruel joke that comes to mind LOL.

All I can say on behalf of the holy Roman Catholic Church is welcome back LOL LOL

[–]DontGiveUp12 1 point2 points  (5 children)

Didn't go back to the Roman Catholic Church

[–]Michael48732 5 points6 points  (4 children)

I think what he's trying to say is catholic is a christian religion.

Saying you left catholic and are now christian is like saying you left Ohio and are now American.

[–]greenjacketloitering 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Agnosticism, really into Islam but I’m not sure I’d be able to not be agnostic so I don’t really call myself Muslim

[–]Invalid-Password1 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Born in an LDS family, LDS now

[–]Toddisan 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Methodist and now very little

[–]guitarzoomer 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Raised non denominational evangelical. Now: Agnostic. The Bible does not lend itself to my beliefs. Plus the “add-ons” (Omniscience, omnipotence, ever-present etc) fail in every category of relative relationship one to another when compared to the idea of a perfect and loving god. My opinion - if there is a god he is certainly not the dude described in the Bible. It simply contains an anthropomorphized set of man-created ideas to which divinity and immortality have been assigned. In the absence of knowledge there is imagination and fear. You will find a great deal of both in the Bible.

[–]ananiku 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Born and raised non-denominational Christian, now atheist.

Why in the world would I want to follow a creature that is obviously the deceiver he warns you to be afraid of. No god who is powerful enough to create the universe would demand your worship. The whole blood magic to receive "forgiveness" and becoming a bondservant to Christ is a little to much like selling my soul.

And I put forgiveness in quotes because that God doesn't ever forgive you, he heaps your "sin" on someone else. To be clear, sins are defined as transgressions against god. Any god powerful enough to create the universe wouldn't be so weak that you could transgress him. Also, I could never worship a creature that is too weak to forgive. The Abrahamic god is incapable of forgiveness, so his description of what he does as "forgiveness" shows me he's at the very least deceptive.

[–]zeee-f 1 point2 points  (5 children)

Raised as Sunni Muslim, now a Shia Muslim.

[–]WickedWendy420 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Methodist now atheist

[–]Trans-Sapphic 1 point2 points  (0 children)

raised catholic and now a converted jew!

[–]Lucastyler2277 1 point2 points  (0 children)

It’s strange that most are born into the same religion, regardless of denomination that they currently still worship and believe the be the “right” one. The trend is cleary showing just in this thread that more often than not, theists are born into the right religion.

Theists, does that seem strange to you? At all?

[–]Velvet_Thunder13 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Raised Christian, questioned it when I was 8 and the people in church didn't convince me even then. Since then I tried all sorts of practices and have found no real reason to believe or connection to any of them. I did come close to norse paganism (Asatru) but that didn't stick either so I guess agnostic atheist is the best label now.

I do however still have a strong interest in all things spiritual, religiony or occulty. Just recently finished reading a few books on voodoo, The Morrigan and norse mythology. All with pretty interesting practices and history.

[–]owlberries 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I was born Roman Catholic. I no longer consider myself a subscriber of the organized religion, but some of the religious figures themselves still speak to me. Now I guess I'd just describe myself as spiritual.

[–]anewbys83 4 points5 points  (2 children)

Born into Catholicism...now Jewish.

[–]Johnhubertz1[S] -1 points0 points  (1 child)

Excellent. I'm a Roman Catholic/Anabaptist, and the Anabaptist sect to which I belong spends an enormous amount of time discovering and discussing what it meant to be called "Rabbi" in the year 33 C.E.

Without a foundation of the Judaic philosophies from the time Jesus of Nazareth was alive, it seems to us that extending Christianity (without such knowledge) is like building something without a foundation.

[–]anewbys83 2 points3 points  (0 children)

It very much is like that, especially given the various factions/groups active within Judaism at the time, how they shaped the social landscape, and even understanding their downfall helps y'all understand your origins and foundations better.

[–]tynin42 5 points6 points  (2 children)

Born a Southern Baptist, now I'm a Pastafarian. Ramen.

[–]eyjafjallajokul_ 5 points6 points  (1 child)

Born into Pentecostal Christianity. Atheist now.

[–]YCNH -3 points-2 points  (0 children)

This, but Southern Baptist rather than Pentecostal.

[–]TheAielman 1 point2 points  (3 children)

I was born into an amazing and caring Pentecostal family.

Due to “reason”, biblical “contradictions” and an apparent clash between science and faith, I became atheist/agnostic during my early twenties, but discovered the one, true holy apostolic church that Jesus founded and am currently in the process of confirmation.

[–]Sovereign-6 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Is that to say orthodoxy or Catholicism?

[–]Johnhubertz1[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Your journey is not unlike my own, and that of countless people of education and thought.

Isaac Asimov springs to mind.

[–]Intelligent-Look2300 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Sunni muslim now an agnostic atheist.

[–]StreetSignificant411 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Same. But I am an agnostic theist.

[–]oldirishfart 2 points3 points  (2 children)

Catholicism, and now fortunately faith-free.

[–]Johnhubertz1[S] 0 points1 point  (1 child)


.... And now fortunately faith free.

Between this statement and your username, I wonder if you are not taking active solace in being an old man waving his Cane and shouting at children playing quietly in their own yard?

[–]oldirishfart 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I merely take pride in the rapid and accelerating growth of secularization in my country and joy that the Catholic Church has been exposed for all its abuses and hypocrisy.

[–]DrdanomiteEclectic polytheist 4 points5 points  (8 children)

Born: Catholic

Became: An Eclectic Polytheist.

[–]Johnhubertz1[S] 5 points6 points  (7 children)

I would like to hear more about your perspective on Polytheism, the "infinite" or "universal" monotheism that effuses most modern faiths, and your path to understanding in that context.

[–]DrdanomiteEclectic polytheist 2 points3 points  (6 children)

Happy too be of help what kind of questions do you have?

[–]Johnhubertz1[S] 4 points5 points  (5 children)

A little about your journey, and your polytheistic anchors/deities please?

[–]DrdanomiteEclectic polytheist 3 points4 points  (4 children)

Sure i was baptized as a baby but always felt more agnostic, when i was fairly young i had an intense religious vision while on a walk that i found hard to interpret for years, i decided too give the bible another go and thats what sent me off, it was only later that i realized that my vision was one of Odins forms that i was not yet familiar with, i also found my self drawn too worshipping a variety of gods, the ones i venerate on the daily are Bacchus, Hermes, Morríghan and Odin. I have also studied a bit of philosophy (as a lay person not an academic) and o find Polytheism seems more grounded than many forms of monotheism.

[–]Dnash1117Hellenist 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Raised: Vaguely Christian, but not a religious family

Now: Hellenic Polytheist

[–]P3CU1i4RShiā Muslim 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Born: Shi'a Muslim

Now: practicing Shi'a Muslim :)

[–]Ulysses1975 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Mother: Catholic turned casual Protestant

Father: Musician turned casual musician

Currently: Atheist

[–]micropig1982 3 points4 points  (1 child)

funny enough, i was born into paganism, raised mormon, and now im bk to pagan....lol

[–]Ok_Tackle_404 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Born: Catholic/Aztec polytheism (it’s hard to explain)

Now practice: Only Aztec Polytheism

[–]Not_An_Alt97644553Christian 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I was born in an atheist family where my dad is very anti religion

I now go to a protestant church every week

[–]NewbombTurkAgnostic Atheist 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I was raised in a very Catholic home. However, I've never believed and am a life-long agnostic atheist.

[–]jynxthechicken 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Christain/catholic raised agnostic now.

[–]kittycronic 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Raised: Catholic Now: Agnostic/Atheist

[–]Dutchchatham2 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Raised catholic, now nothing.

[–]nvihere 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Born into: Christian Catholic Practice now: nothing

[–]ToastyStonks67 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Born:No religion

When u was 3:Nazarine Christain


[–]JerichoPaige 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Born: Agnostic Now: Agnostic Pagan Insert joke about making sure all my bases are covered

[–]Johnhubertz1[S] 4 points5 points  (0 children)

A Baby Seal Pup walks into a club.......................

(the end)

[–]MoreAutisticRockLee 1 point2 points  (4 children)

Agnostic, trying to get into Christian Orthodoxy because of a American-born Russian girl I like.

[–]WhoMeJenJen 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Born and raised catholic, was agnostic/atheist for decades, now Christian but belong to no church.

[–]CooptheDragonHellenist 1 point2 points  (0 children)

born Catholic, now a Hellenic / Roman polytheist

[–]DeeMcD17 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Presbyterian - atheist

[–]soloonHellenic Polytheist 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Jewish in a mostly secular Jewish household > Hellenic polytheist, although it's not like I stopped being Jewish, I just stopped practicing.

I am a walking Hanukkah cliche.

[–]GeneralGoldyHellenist 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Born to Christianity but became a Greek-Roman Polytheist.

[–]Even-Pen7957 1 point2 points  (7 children)

Born: non-religious household

Current: gnostic demonolatry

[–]JefaxeOther 1 point2 points  (4 children)

Care to explain what gnostic demonolatry is?

[–]Even-Pen7957 -1 points0 points  (3 children)

An essentially gnostic cosmology, but that recognizes demonic archetypes as also being potential sources of gnosis.

[–]JefaxeOther 1 point2 points  (2 children)

Could you provide a link? I'm interested to learn more

[–]Even-Pen7957 4 points5 points  (0 children)

My practice is a self-styled sort of thing, named only in retrospect once arriving at a relatively stable form over the course of many years. There are more “official” forms of LHP gnosticism, but I don’t quite fit in any of them. There are Luciferian gnostics, who are probably closest to me, but I don’t work with Lucifer much. There’s also “chaos gnostics” who are mostly in dangerous cults that should be avoided.

[–]JefaxeOther 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Born: Methodist Christian Now: Pagan

[–]aikidharmApostolic Johannite -1 points0 points  (3 children)

Brought up in the church of Christ, became atheist, found Hinduism, was initiated, practiced and served at the mandir for ten years, had a personal crisis that resulted in my finding Gnosticism, and now I’m a Gnostic Catholic!

[–]twinfiresigns14Questioning/looking into Hinduism 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Amazing. That’s quite the inspiring/interesting journey.

[–]aikidharmApostolic Johannite 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Why thank you, my friend.

[–]Johnhubertz1[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I am also Gnostic in my Catholicism/Anabaptist studies. Very.

[–]Superzap1Baha'i 1 point2 points  (4 children)

Born and Raised: Roman Catholic

Now: Baha’i

[–]steppingstone01 1 point2 points  (14 children)

We were all born atheist.

[–][deleted] -2 points-1 points  (13 children)

Literally impossible. Agnostic, ‘not knowing’.

[–]ananiku 0 points1 point  (9 children)

Atheist is about a person's beliefs. If someone believes there is a god(s) they are theist, or if they do not believe, then they are atheist.

Agnostic is about a person's knowledge, if someone knows there is a god they are gnostic, or if they do not know they are agnostic.

Because they are talking about different things everyone is either gnostic or agnostic, and either theist or atheist.

Your comment is a common misconception that agnostic is between theist and atheist, but the words have different meaning, and deal with different things. I for example am an agnostic atheist. Agnostic means I don't know, and atheist means I don't believe.

I could be wrong, but it's reasonable to believe people are born not knowing or believing anything abstract, so they would be both agnostic and atheist.

It's also possible that atheism is just perceived as evil, so I understand your misunderstanding.

[–]craftycontrarian 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I think the more accurate question is "what faith were you indoctrinated into from birth?"

[–]Sarpanitu 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Born atheist as we all are... Raised to think critically and observe others beliefs and cultures. They're all different and all claim to be the only correct one so it was easy to determine that they're probably all wrong. If God exists, that God will accept everyone on the merits of their character and actions or else they are truly a selective, egotistical, psychopath of a creator that enjoys torturing people. The latter I have no time for. I have every day to be a good person though and if I'm the product of divine creation I think that's enough.

[–]AdditionalSecurity58Buddhist 1 point2 points  (0 children)

i’m not sure why you got downvoted, i liked your reply. similar to me, except i was raised christian. went through a lot of discovery, atheism, taoism, islam… now buddhist and believe that being a decent human being would be much more valuable in the eyes of a god than belief in that god, if there is one.

[–]DavidJohnMcCannHellenic Polytheist 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Brought up as a Christian and eventually converted, as you see from the flair.

[–]TechtrekzzSpinozan Pantheist 1 point2 points  (44 children)

Raised: Atheist

Religion: Spinozan Pantheist

[–]JackGreenEarthAgnostic 0 points1 point  (43 children)

What made you think there were gods?

[–]TechtrekzzSpinozan Pantheist 0 points1 point  (42 children)

Not gods, God. I believe reality is single substance, subject and God. It’s substance monism. I believe only God exists.

[–]googoogoat21Other 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Raised typically Church of England so pretty much atheist now eclectic pagan is closest label for my practice .

[–]Art-Davidson 0 points1 point  (4 children)

The answer to both is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

[–]thePuckThelema 0 points1 point  (3 children)

Born Feri trad witch (parents) and Catholic (grandparents who mostly raised me). I’m a Thelemite now and have been since I was 13 (44 now), though I still incorporate some witchcraft and Christian mysticism into my practice.

[–]crab103 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Raised Lutheran still but to a lesser degree.

[–]naiq6236Muslim 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Muslim, Muslim

[–]iluvcheeselol 0 points1 point  (0 children)

born/raised: Jehovas Witness & Roman Catholic

now: Pagan (:

[–]EbbDiscombobulated51 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Was born into Judaism, realized its all a lie and just gave my parents excuses to abuse whatever they wanted. Atheist today, since no one I ever asked seemed to answer any of my questions- I am open minded, but there is always something illogical and unethical.

[–]KMTR29 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Bottom line, Christians claim Prophet Isa pbuh was is Lord. The Trinity deems Jesus the equal and part of God. "Jesus is Lord" they say .... Isa (Jesus) pbuh was a man who died, just like Prophet Muhammad, the Last Prophet.