Monday, May 12, 2014

“I am not Rebelling Against God”

From the first of the Clergy Project blog's former fundamentalist preachers. Very well articulated points. A good read.

“I am not Rebelling Against God”

Rebellion implicitly requires disliking or disagreeing with the system in question.  You don’t rebel against something that you like or agree with.  And, as a Christian, I very much liked Christianity.  It gave me assurance of an eternal afterlife in Heaven — an afterlife where I would be reunited with loved ones whom I’d lost.  It gave my life purpose, assuring me that I was created by an omnipotent, loving god who had a specific, intentional plan for my life.  It gave me comfort knowing that there was a god watching over me, caring for me, and guiding me. I valued all of those things — and rejecting them was one of the most difficult things I’ve ever done.  In fact, it took me more than a decade of soul-searching and contemplation before I took that final step and said, “I don’t believe.”

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