My experience as an xtian was with Pentecostals and charismatic evangelicals, but I suppose that your experience was a little more extreme than that. I did have friends who were into prosperity gospel and faith healing but didn't go as far as refusing conventional medical attention (although some did suffer from not going when they should).
I met my wife when we were both fundamentalist xtians, but I'm an atheist and she's now an agnostic. We have fights over which religion NOT to bring our children up in.
It must be difficult to be an atheist in the F-State. Hopefully you have plenty of non-fundy friends...
You sound noemal to me. We have our ups and downs in life and we learn from them. No one ever said it was going to be easy. I could write a very long paragraph about some of the dumb things I did. But I learned from them and moved on. We don't need to go to church and ask the invisable man in the sky what we should do.
I live fifty miles north of you in Ridge Manor Estates. Just east of Brooksville
I clicked on your survey. I would have taken it but, actually, nothing there applied to me. You see, I’ve been an atheist since age 6. Now I was afforded the opportunity to attend church in the third grade. And I did for a few months.
No one forced me to go, my cousins asked if I wanted to attend and I did.
I went with them for a few months.
Then my parents asked if I wanted to continue.
I said, “No.”
Religion was never put upon me. It has been since I’ve been an adult and more so in the last few years with the Religious Right.
Later I attended a semi-private school run by a Lutheran Minister. No religion was forced upon us there.
I do remember when we had prayer in school.
The most annoying thing about that was the girl in the first chair on the first row. On Monday, when our row said a prayer, she usually gave us a small sermon on the mount. She’d then finish it up with, “God Bless Mrs. Rigby..” our teacher. Even at that young age I knew her parents told her to say that and suck up to the teacher.
Now, every so often I would fight back and give a prayer that lasted just as long or longer then her’s did.
Why? So she could stand still, do nothing and have to listen to me.
IT WAS PAYBACK. Or as best as you could at that young age.
Well, one day, we did the Pledge of Allegiance, sang our patriot song, and then…sat down. No prayer. I thought that was odd. But we then went on with class.
The next day, it was the same thing. Odd. A change in routine.
Then the third day, I just assumed we weren’t doing that anymore. Fine by me.
Well, when I went to college I attended a local Baptist University. They were nice people but boy you had some who were just so narrow minded that no matter what you said or did, nor how good your argument was, you weren’t going to win. You were, by all rights, on their home turf.
Sadly, it was a university. And a university is a place to expand you mind and grow.
I transferred to another, much larger university.
So, unlike you, I didn’t have to suffer the religion.
But some of your questions were just damn interesting.
But boy does my heart go out to you for your sufferings.
Oh, just FYI…NICE OUTFIT IN YOUR SLIDE SHOW.
When I was a child I was sick a lot, all the way through my teens, I often wondered why god was punishing me when I had never done much of anything. Looking back I think it would have been easier just accepting the fact I had a disease and that there was no one punishing out to get me.
when my kids were born, I got a ration of shit from my relatives because my first wife and I didn’t baptize them. According to my family, they were going to hell. Gotta love that christian compassion. My kids are doing just fine. Both are atheists ! PS: You should start a new group “Atheist Babes” :-).