"THere was a time when i invited the devil to come and purchase my soul for 20 years of prosperity or whatever the going rate was in that type of tale, and when he didn't show up That is when a lot began to unravel for me."
"I was 17 and in an Adventist Academy when I wrote up a paper and handed it in to Elder Prest in Bible docs class. Stating that if God was as pictured in the Bible He had no respect coming from me. "Kill this captain and his fifty."…"
"In a word: faith.
I must admit that for a long time I bought all that crap and thought that I must simply have faith and everything would be jolly fun. I have always had an overactive imagination, I recall at one point as a child I dreamt that I…"
"When I was a teen, going through puberty and stuff, I used to be terrified that Satan and God were watching me masturbate. I used to get this tremendous guilt trip and feel paranoid as if eyes were watching me throughout the day as if to say,…"
"There's certainly no "one thing", it's a whole big mess of things. I suppose the most ridiculous thing would be Noah and his ark. Now that I can step back and see that the whole of Genesis is a collection of…"
"That's what I heard too. That way he'd know if you'd committed a thought sin (like thinking a cuss word) and would know all your weaknesses to tempt you. For a number of years I would pray for forgiveness every time I had an…"
"My parents always taught me that critical thinking brings people to the seventh-day adventist faith naturally, because of the prophecy in Revelation and Daniel, and were able to fashion and formulate excuses and reasons behind any inconsistency…"
"That Saturday was magical.
That Angels would not enter a theatre with me.
That the theatre was sinful.
That, as a female, I was responsible for stopping sex from happening.
That sex was sinful.
That there was someone listening to me pray with my…"
"i worried about this too, it's so easy at church where the social community can be quite large and very effective at helping you but at the same time, because the rules are so strict and the culture so inclusive you end up being more exclusive…"
"The crucial nature of belief itself. The very idea that you have to be able to hold these static ssets of beliefs in your head in order to be saved. Especially the idea that you had to have the precisely "right" beliefs about things that…"
"I can't believe that as a young (at the time) white middle-class Christian American I actually thought I was an oppressed minority. What a preposterous idea. My SDA church and even the Wesleyan churches I later attended told me my very way of…"
"All of the above! That God/Jesus sees every little thing you do and keeps track of it...guardian angels.... demon possession. That plants could have been created and survived before the sun and that stars really aren't billions of…"
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