Have you personally had a bad experience with religion?

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#1 the_plan_man
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With the amount of anti-theists here (or anywhere on the internet), I am curious to konw what kind of experience you have personally had with religion. I know a lot of people are upset because of news stories involving religion (Wesboro Baptist Church, religious wars, ect.), but I am wondering what kind of experience you have personally had in your own life with religion? I grew up in a pretty open-minded church that accepted gays and evolution, as well as critical thinking, so I do not have as bad of a "rep" with religion as many people. What are your thoughts?

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#2 jim_shorts
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I personally have not. Also this thread will not end well.

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#3 SirWander
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no

Also this thread will not end well.

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a religion thread being derailed? do tell.

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#4 Pirate700
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Not that I can think of.

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#5 supa_badman
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People don't have bad experiences with religion, they have bad experiences with people who happen to be religious

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#6 mindstorm
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It hasn't been absolutely and unequivocally positive in every regard. Religious people are crazy. This assertion is partly because all people are crazy, the religious included. My interactions with the teachings of religion, Christianity specifically, have been quite positive however.
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#7 AussieePet
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all religions are false expect Christianity
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No,they're usually the most nice positive people to be around
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#9 konvikt_17
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not really.

though my moms side of the family doesnt particularly like me, due my grandmas misconstrued words.

was in her kitchen with my mom and aunt. religion came up. so i had reavealed that i was a Deist. little did i know, my grandma(she has a bad habit of exaggerating everything. has caused several fights within the family) was listening in. as we were leaving, she then pulled my parents and me aside, and said that i really need to read the bible, even sent me home with one. then she went around telling all her sisters and such that im an atheist. so now i get nothing but dirt looks and "ill pray for you" everytime we visit my moms side of the family. its gotten to the point where i dont even go visit with them anymore, and my parents dont force me.

i am an atheist, parents know, but for reasons already known, they keep it to themselves.

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all religions are false expect Christianity AussieePet
no sh!t
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I was taken to a cult by my father when i was little, and these freaks had their children brainwashed to think in a certain way. I remember when one of the kids went to another church we had a "crisis" as they were indoctrinated by the local community church. I started to ask questions, that rely on faith growing up too, they couldn't answer them and after I started to ask I told my dad that I didn't feel safe going there anymore. :P These were the kinda people who would go to the woods to sing, and to this day I haven't touched another religion because I ask questions that can not be answered by anyone :P That stupid who created god and who created god question. I also asked myself how one religion is sure to be right when there are so many out there. So now, I've been content with simply believing there is a deity who created the world, but there is no way to prove anything about him/her so until my death I simply want to be a good person, and wait and see :P

EDIT: I also had odd interested as a child that made me feel out of place there a bit after listening to their preaching :P

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#12 Fightingfan
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Not me directly, but my niece. I was watching my niece for my sister for a weekend, she wanted to go to church with a friend(I assume to socialize not actually learn about God), my sister said it was fine so I let her go.... And well..., when she came back I was in a tuff spot... . The preacher informed her that she's going to hell because her parents aren't married and she's a child out of wedlock...
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Growing up I was forced to watch the home vhs movies about the end of the world.. where you get to choose the sign of the beast on your forehead or get your head taken off. Talking 6 or so years old. Got my ass beat for asking why god was so mean.
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some old guys knocked on my door @ 8:30am on memorial day to give me a pamphlet and preach to me.... don't f with my sleep on my day off....
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I didn't get candy from a guy one Halloween because he thought it was a Satanic holiday. I've been an atheist ever since.
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I didn't get candy from a guy one Halloween because he thought it was a Satanic holiday. I've been an atheist ever since.CRS98
Was his porch light off
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#18 VaguelyTagged
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living in iran is basically a bad experience with religion.

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#19 CRS98
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[QUOTE="CRS98"]I didn't get candy from a guy one Halloween because he thought it was a Satanic holiday. I've been an atheist ever since.Bucked20
Was his porch light off

... Yeah, but some guy recommended I go over to his house. I thought something was fishy.
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I lost twelve friends and got nailed to a giant wooden board. >.>
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#21 themajormayor
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Yes
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#22 Riadon2
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If you consider me being annoyed by the people who try to convert me to be a bad experience, then yes.

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#23 rilpas
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outside of one very annoying christian chick in high-school, no funny thing is, she's a muslim now (I sh1t you not)
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#24 Verge_6
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I was an Episcopalian that went to a Church of Christ school for my middle and highschool years. I had far too many.

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#25 ZX81plus3
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all religions are false expect Christianity AussieePet
Loving the type-o.
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#26 MonsieurX
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Only good experiences with Bad Religion
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#28 Kamekazi_69
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Not really. The only people besides my family that are openly religious are close family friends and they are some of the nicest people I know. I have friends both religious and non-religious and we all get along.

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#29 ZX81plus3
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My primary school teacher explained both the theory of the big bang and the theory of creation next to one another, and then said that the big bang was stupid and that creation was the correct answer. I thought that was pretty stupid. Also my secondary school science teacher gave up teaching science to become a catholic priest. I thought that was pretty stupid too.
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#30 Phaze-Two
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nope, i actually enjoyed going to church, and never really had any bad expierinces.

that doesn't mean religion isn't harmful to society in general right now.

also, TC do you think that the reason for people being anti-theists is because they "personally had a bad experience with religion"?

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#31 -Sun_Tzu-
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My personal experience with religion has been pretty splendid actually.
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#32 ZX81plus3
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nope, i actually enjoyed going to church, and never really had any bad expierinces.

that doesn't mean religion isn't harmful to society in general right now.

also, TC do you think that the reason for people being anti-theists is because they "personally had a bad experience with religion"?

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The reason I am an Atheist is that I consumed something believed by some people to be God (not wine or bread) and it opened my eyes to the universe around me. I am now somewhat obsessed with the big bang and think that by understanding it we can create new technologies which will help mankind.
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#33 Darkman2007
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no , not really,

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#34 AussieePet
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[QUOTE="AussieePet"]all religions are false expect Christianity ZX81plus3
Loving the type-o.

Except lol
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#35 ShadowMoses900
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I am a religious person but I have had bad experiences with religion (and religious people).

When I was younger I was told that I was dumb by an Orthodox Rabbi because I was asking about the Dinosaurs, he told me "The dinosaur bones were put here to test our faith, only stupid people believe in them". Even as a kid I knew that was silly, I also have a work friend who is gay and he told me how bad a church treated him, they missed the message entirely.

It's about loving people and not condemning them, does Jesus hate gays? I don't think so, I never read anything about him suggesting it. He said to love people and tolerate them and that people's sins are forgiven, Christians that judge gays are hypocrites. Fortunately he found a church that accepts him and no one judges him there. I have also had some bad experience with some other Jews because I date non Jewish women, some Jews want me to date only Jews and give me crap for not doing it, but I don't care what they think. I will go out with any girl I want.

However despite the bad that some religious people do, I know that isn't what God wants. God is with me always, He is with all of us, and His love guides me to do what is right. People can get the religion wrong or miss the message, but with God I know the truth.

But OT will just attack me for saying this so I'm out. This isn't a very good community for religious people.

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#36 TrainerCeleste
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I am a religious person but I have had bad experiences with religion (and religious people).

When I was younger I was told that I was dumb by an Orthodox Rabbi because I was asking about the Dinosaurs, he told me "The dinosaur bones were put here to test our faith, only stupid people believe in them". Even as a kid I knew that was silly, I also have a work friend who is gay and he told me how bad a church treated him, they missed the message entirely.

It's about loving people and not condemning them, does Jesus hate gays? I don't think so, I never read anything about him suggesting it. He said to love people and tolerate them and that people's sins are forgiven, Christians that judge gays are hypocrites. Fortunately he found a church that accepts him and no one judges him there. I have also had some bad experience with some other Jews because I date non Jewish women, some Jews want me to date only Jews and give me crap for not doing it, but I don't care what they think. I will go out with any girl I want.

However despite the bad that some religious people do, I know that isn't what God wants. God is with me always, He is with all of us, and His love guides me to do what is right. People can get the religion wrong or miss the message, but with God I know the truth.

But OT will just attack me for saying this so I'm out. This isn't a very good community for religious people.

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I remember my brother in law telling me that he thinks this way too :P He thinks god to be a god of love, so why would he condem anyone for something as simple as love. And the whole test of faith thing Makes me laugh :P
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#37 Captain52
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Not really, In the past, I went to church, never really liked it, boring as hell, so I stopped going. Sucked for me being a kid considering my mom always wanted me to go...
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The closed mind and narrow field of view from those who practise it. Granted from the very few religious people I have met.
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#39 chaosclown17
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A priest and a rabbi walk into a bar....and beat the crap out of me. So I guess my experience hasn't been the best. On the serious side, I grew up in a very religious area. I mean uber religious. The kind of religious where they don't even question it. Basically in the realm of creation and anything concerning their Christian(primarily Baptist) beliefs they are entirely close minded. Some of these people are really kind, people who actually believe what is being said. While others are just their to show how good of a Christian they are. Plus I grew up with a very close minded father, along with a very close minded extended family. Luckily I had a very open minded mother, she was always willing to talk theories on religion and its accompanying beliefs. You learn a few things growing up like I did. Namely don't talk about religion. Because the moment you say your an atheist you become a social pariah. Funny thing is, I went from Christian to deist to agnostic to aetheist in just about 2 years. I always thought my decision to be an aetheist was a dumb one. I see religion as a giant roulette wheel. When you pick a god or religion you are basically placing a bet. But if your an aetheist you don't even get to place a bet, you automatically lose. Assuming there is a higher deity of course.
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#40 Socialist696
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With the amount of anti-theists here (or anywhere on the internet), I am curious to konw what kind of experience you have personally had with religion. I know a lot of people are upset because of news stories involving religion (Wesboro Baptist Church, religious wars, ect.), but I am wondering what kind of experience you have personally had in your own life with religion? I grew up in a pretty open-minded church that accepted gays and evolution, as well as critical thinking, so I do not have as bad of a "rep" with religion as many people. What are your thoughts?

the_plan_man
Thats not hypocrisy related or overly imposing/judgemental on others beliefs? Nah. I noticed they hate people who don't donate at the churches I've been to though lol.
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#41 sune_Gem
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No. I like it in fact. I've always been interested in the mindset of others. From what they believe in down to what bizarre things they find attractive. I like the subject.

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#42 Blue-Sky
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Not necessarily bad, but boy did it shave some years off my life.

My Mom was pretty catholic, and made me go through First communion, reconciliation, confirmation, confession and weekly bible study every Thurs and church every Sun until I was 13,

Ironically, my mom was very accomodating to me being an Atheist.

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#43 TrainerCeleste
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No. I like it in fact. I've always been interested in the mindset of others. From what they believe in down to what bizarre things they find attractive. I like the subject.

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#44 hippiesanta
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some people born as an ugly duck and they blame religion got to do with it:lol:

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#45 Blue-Sky
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No. I like it in fact. I've always been interested in the mindset of others. From what they believe in down to what bizarre things they find attractive. I like the subject.

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Greek and Norse mythology is pretty interesting. Some of the Judeo Christian stuff isn't as cool but I'd still like to see some of the more fantasicalrenditions of blibical stories. (I do remember liking Prince of Egypt, though I haven't seen it in a long time).

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[QUOTE="Fightingfan"] The preacher informed her that she's going to hell because her parents aren't married and she's a child out of wedlock...

I can't imagine how even the most absurd sects of Christianity could come up with that idea. Do these people even read the Bible?
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#47 pie-junior
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No, actually. parents can be described best as closeted atheists (as in they'll admit they don't really believe in god if you question them long enough), and I never believed in god or took any religious activity seriously.
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[QUOTE="pie-junior"]No, actually. parents can be described best as closeted atheists (as in they'll admit they don't really believe in god if you question them long enough), and I never believed in god or took any religious activity seriously.

oh I thought you were a diehard Jew.
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#49 Serraph105
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I believe in God, but I have some recent experience with a new pastor preaching against homosexuality which doesn't sit well with me.

Beyond that I grew up with a friend whose whole family (him included) became fairly religious when we were in highschool together with a nice side of judgemental a$$holishness to go with it. I honestly blamed the religion for a long time, but I realize now that the parents were always sort of judgemental a$$holes (just not to me because I was young and pure.....ish), and their kids probably never stood a chance.

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#50 coolbeans90
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[QUOTE="pie-junior"]No, actually. parents can be described best as closeted atheists (as in they'll admit they don't really believe in god if you question them long enough), and I never believed in god or took any religious activity seriously.GazaAli
oh I thought you were a diehard Jew.

I didn't.