Most of the people here seem to have been raised SDAs, and thus to have had no choice in the matter. I converted in my 20s. Is there anyone else here who converted at about that age or even later in adulthood? I wasn't stupid or uneducated. Some things continued to give me doubts all the way through, especially Ellen White and creationism. But for some reason I decided that these were unimportant, only to find out that they were. At least intellectual integrity is important. If I had to give advice to any young person considering any high demand, high credulity religion, it would be "Do you think you'll still believe this 10 years from now?"
And I don't want to blam others for my mistakes, but I think we as a society really need to emphasize the importance of critical thinking skills with special reference to religion. Even if you're not going to be atheist, you need to be able to evaluate a given faith's adherence to its own standards. For example, is SDAism really so "biblical?"
BTW, I really wish this particular forum was more well attended. Most ex SDAs on the interwebs seem to have transitioned to some form of Mickey Mouse evangelicalism, and it isn't that easy to find those among us who have taken the red pill (or is it the blue pill? I forget) of non theism. But I really think we're out there, and we have a lot to discuss.
I agree. I'm at fault in my own way - I could certainly visit and contribute here more than I do. But on the other hand, I'm still pretty grateful that we're out here, and trying to connect at all. You're totally right - most ex-SDAs have gone all fruity-squirrely into other denominations, and I have zero interest in that. Ick.
You're absolutely right - there are so many of us out there, but the finding each other can be hard. Heck, half of us are still sitting in the pews on a Saturday! That 'dance' of feeling out whether another person who's still a member 'believes' or not can be....interesting. (But pretty satisfying when, across a crowded sanctuary, you catch another person rolling their eyes at yet another altar call, and you both just *know*. Heh.)
i think sometimes going into another denomination is a form of denial, like, well, i've lost what i believed but at least i still have god and the bible. i did this for several months after i discovered the truth about egw. but then more doubts crept in and i finally accepted my unbelief. it's definitely a process. i think most people are scared of letting go of the belief in god because it makes them feel safe.
I've noticed the same thing as both of you. I also find that most of the ex-Adventists on the web now claim to have found the biblical 'truth' and haven't made the leap toward the obvious conclusion. ;) I was raised SDA but started to have some serious doubts around the age of 12 (questions even before that) and things just snowballed from there. The funny thing is, it wasn't until I was older and started investigating SDA that I realized how utterly nuts some of the SDA beliefs were! LOL