Intro post from Edactor
I did not know how to start a post so i hit reply instead. i will figure it all out soon though!
I wanted to let people know who i was. i have been a lurker for a few months now and decided I wanted to contribute as well. I was never really raised in any religion, My parents send me to a lutheran church (i am 48yo by the way) when I was little because that was what my dads family was. however they didnt go since they stated their was too many hypocrites, goign to church on sunday then drinking etc rest of week. this didnt last long. So I didnt really affiliate with any denomination but said i was a christian if asked. Eventually I got engaged to a catholic woman who wanted to get married in a catholic church so I went through that process. We never did get married but it did expose me to the church which I found was not getting me any answers i thought made sense. basically reciting and listening to others tell em what to think and say.
(by the way is there a spellcheck here?) I type so fast i make a lot of mistakes.
Then i met a jehovas witness family (again dating a daughter) they were all excited about having me join them. This became creepier and creepier, I enjoyed the learning process but again things did not mesh with me. I remember i saw some tv news report about some other religion and i questioned it in front of them and they said i should not even look at anythign about any other religion.well that did not make sense at all to me! So what did my intellectual self do? i studied all I could about every religion I could east or west. I left her as well.
Then I married a woman who was presbetyrian and i joined there church out of being polite and belonging more than anything else. I was even a deacon! Still i kept thinking about the other things I had studied and all these different religions could not all be true or if they had some semblance of truth that no "one" could be the right one!. One of the things I noticed was that it was easy for me to be given responsibilities and raise my status in any religion since I was so outgoing and personable. it made me understand how these tv evangelists got where they are.
Anyway to make an already long story a little longer. I am now married to a christian woman and when we met i was still ok wiht it and now have done a complete 180 and have became at least an agnostic if not a complete atheist. This has definitely caused some strife. I cant help but think how can anyone with any intelligence or logical thinking believe in any one religion. So we have both been doing a lot of reading. She has seen my atheism books and she at least has started to read things about faith and how it evolved etc. We dont discuss it since it led to fights but both know where the other is on the spectrum. i do see her being more open to my thoughts however.
Thank you for listening! I hope to take a more active role n the forum now.