> I am not religious and never have been. When I was younger, Christianity was pushed
> on me heavily and I asked tons of questions of the religious leaders I still feel
> like they never answered. Some would even try to use fear of hell and shaming me
> as a way to get me to accept it. I was dragged to Church every Sunday for years and
> I'm sure I was a thorn in their side.
> When I was in foster care I used "going to church" as a way to get out of the house
> and attended every service, every week at a small church that was 1 block from where
> I lived. Some of these were prayer groups with around 10 people sitting in a circle.
> I always found this to be the most interesting part of Christianity. After the prayer,
> conversation would take place about everyone's deepest problems, what they are looking
> forward to, their family life, going-ons, etc. I got really into it, even though
> I didn't buy into the concept of god. On one of the nights a woman asked that we
> pray for her to "better serve her husband" while lambasting herself for all that
> upset him. The pastor prayed for it and I stopped going. I started looking at other
> religions. Eventually I scrapped the idea that it was for me at all.
> Now I kind of have a more nuanced perspective because I see that religion influences
> culture. Some great things have come from Christian culture that have allowed our
> society here in America to progress. Some of their principles on morality stand without
> the dogma. In other areas I really don't like, like women being subservient to men,
> though that may be changing. I also like that Christians at least have principles
> and have things to say on ethics, personal responsibility, promoting healthy families,
> etc. That seems lacking today.
Awesome post man.