STORIES OF DE-CONVERSIONS
I'd like to hear from ex-believers. What led to your de-conversion? Also, do you guys have any observations regarding the process that leads to de-conversion? Do you find any patterns emerging?
In my case, the process was triggered by anger towards the church where I worshiped at. I couldn't understand how they could spend lots of money building a new youth center when it could be used to help those in need. This resulted in me leaving this church to look for another. I became disillusioned when I came to the conclusion that most churches are self-centered and run like businesses.
I couldn't understand how god could allow this to happen!
Initially, I reacted like a child who rebels against a parent, by looking for answers in other religions. When I saw how Muslims take care of the needy and pray five times a day, I wondered how it could be that these people were (according to Christians) going to hell?
At that point, I started to question the existence of god. So, first came emotional independence, then disillusionment and finally de-conversion.
I feel that religion holds believers to ransom. If you question god or church, you are labelled a doubter or back-slider.
Any comments by any-one welcome!