OMG UPDATE: Question? Answer.

Updated on Thursday, July 2

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QUESTION: Has anyone felt they've deviated from their religion and have become more spiritual? I was baptized Catholic, but I don't support a lot of what the church says and the fact that they still follow a book written thousands of years ago... I'm at a cross roads and wondering if anyone has felt like this, regardless of what religion you grew up with. 

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  1. Religion is cancer. You must understand this. How arrogant is it for other people to tell YOU how YOUR relationship with a higher power needs to be? Max level arrogant is how arrogant.

    Religion doesn't do good things to society anymore. It used to, but there is no place for it now.

    Also it's borderline abuse to raise a child as part of a religion imo.

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  2. I was raised islamic. The brainwashing is disgusting and I'm glad I got out. Not compatible without a progressive society whatsoever and it is so sad that many people treat islam like a religion of victims.

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    1. wow we need more people like you

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    2. Here here! The black knight we deserve AND need!

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    3. Seriously? Seems like you're from one of the strict, don't argue about the religion families. I was raised as a Muslim too, and my parents always encouraged me to ask questions about the faith and challenge what I didn't understand. I know what the media portrays and yes there are many Muslims who play off the victim complex but honestly, religion made me more tolerant and accepting towards other people.

      (islamophobics coming in 10, 9, 8..)

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    4. ^are you still counting?

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    5. @2.C: OP here, being surrounded by people who would condemn someone of another faith and promote their own within a second is pretty bad. That is what it was like for me growing up. I refuse to just pretend that I'm "indifferent" to others when my little religious text tells me otherwise.

      I'm friends with a lot of Christians, Jews, etc. If there is one thing I've noticed its that they don't openly promoted the condemnation of other religions. Islam is a blight upon society, and while some sects are better than others, we all know who these more "accepting" sects will side with down the line. You know that, and so do I.

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  3. These days, most people ditch religion by the age of reason.

    The internet makes it easy to find out it is all bullshit, only the most extreme types of narcissistic ignorance keep someone religious. If you religion is right, then that means thousands (millions?) of other religions must be wrong. Think about that.

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  4. I was raised Lutheran. Then my family switched to an evangelical Missionary church.I stopped going in my last year of high school, telling my family I had to work, but things have been a little awkward since. I reached that cross roads a couple years back and I've finally crossed it. The only thing I haven't done is told my parents I no longer believe. I feel like a more loving and accepting person now that I'm no longer religious.

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    1. Love without faith is pure.

      Love with religion is just fear of hell.

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  5. I think everyone at one point in their life gets to the point where you are at right now.

    I grew up a Mormon, and I still am a Mormon. I just want to share what kept and brought back my faith in God because once I found that he is there, everything else started falling into place.

    It really comes down to how much you want to know if your Heavenly Father (God) is truly there. That's the starting point, is your desire to discover who he is. Let that desire to know work within you. Then exercise just even a particle of faith on his words. As you do so you will begin to see changes in your life whether they be good, or bad, you will know if this is something that you should continue in doing.

    The most important thing during all of this, as you exercise that small particle of faith/hope is to kneel down in prayer, and ask if your Heavenly Father (God) is truly there, and then close in the name of Jesus Christ. If we don't ask, the answer is always going to be "no." Say whatever is on your mind, and in your heart. Your worries, your desires, your struggles, questions etc. By doing so you can develop your own personal relationship with him. He promises he will answer your prayers. Answers come in many forms: feelings, through other people, things you read etc.

    So really, at the end of it all, it really it all comes down to whether God is truly there or not, but you must try and seek him out first to know.

    I can promise you that if you do those things, you will find out if he is truly there because I have done so, and I have received that confirmation that he is there. By knowing that simple fact of his existence has made my life so joyful, and I never feel alone, and I know I have someone there who understands me.

    Check out these videos when you have time:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YqZ8bTjj-_E

    http://www.mormonchannel.org/watch/series/mormon-messages/the-hope-of-gods-light

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xdN8rfwW3SI

    Mormon.org

    All the best to you.

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    1. Just curious what do you say/react when ppl say mormons aren't real christians? Although lots of ppl our generation have been leaving Christianity etc, it's still one of the most popular religions in the world because a collective majority believe that it is real. How do you still remain a mormon despite basically everyone else acknowledging that it's a fake religion/false branch of Christianity?

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  6. Good question! It's definitely one that I get a lot too.

    Most preconceived thoughts about Mormons comes from 1. A lack of knowledge of who we are, and what we believe 2. Word of Mouth, and not from the source

    The first thing most people tend to forget is what the meaning of a "Christian" really is. In any dictionary, the definition of a Christian is "A follower, or believer of Christ." Nothing more, and nothing less.

    Everything we do within The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is in the name of Christ. We do our best to follow his example, and live as he did. We recognize that no one is perfect, but as long as we continue to strive live like Christ, and do as he did, we will continue to improve. In the Book of Mormon, one scripture clearly states of what we believe, "And we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ.." (2 Nephi 25:26)

    For me, when I get asked those questions, I just invite them to learn more about who we are, and what we believe, and promise them that they can come to know of the goodness that I have tasted. Everyone, and anyone, can find out whether or not what we teach is true by learning more about who we are, what we believe, through prayer, and practice of the things we live. It is by experiment where someone can truly understand whether or not something is good, or if something is false. Until someone takes that leap of faith by experimenting on the teachings of Christ, and praying to our Heavenly Father whether or not what we teach is true, that person will never know for a surety if these things are true or not.

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  7. I want to share with you what I love sharing with others, it is some scripture found within the Book of Mormon. It kind of touches base with my previous post, but I love the analogy it provides.

    "26 Now, as I said concerning faith—that it was not a perfect knowledge—even so it is with my words. Ye cannot know of their surety at first, unto perfection, any more than faith is a perfect knowledge.

    27 But behold, if ye will awake and arouse your faculties, even to an experiment upon my words, and exercise a particle of faith, yea, even if ye can no more than desire to believe, let this desire work in you, even until ye believe in a manner that ye can give place for a portion of my words.

    28 Now, we will compare the word unto a seed. Now, if ye give place, that a seed may be planted in your heart, behold, if it be a true seed, or a good seed, if ye do not cast it out by your unbelief, that ye will resist the Spirit of the Lord, behold, it will begin to swell within your breasts; and when you feel these swelling motions, ye will begin to say within yourselves—It must needs be that this is a good seed, or that the word is good, for it beginneth to enlarge my soul; yea, it beginneth to enlighten my understanding, yea, it beginneth to be delicious to me.

    29 Now behold, would not this increase your faith? I say unto you, Yea; nevertheless it hath not grown up to a perfect knowledge.

    30 But behold, as the seed swelleth, and sprouteth, and beginneth to grow, then you must needs say that the seed is good; for behold it swelleth, and sprouteth, and beginneth to grow. And now, behold, will not this strengthen your faith? Yea, it will strengthen your faith: for ye will say I know that this is a good seed; for behold it sprouteth and beginneth to grow.

    31 And now, behold, are ye sure that this is a good seed? I say unto you, Yea; for every seed bringeth forth unto its own likeness.

    32 Therefore, if a seed groweth it is good, but if it groweth not, behold it is not good, therefore it is cast away.

    33 And now, behold, because ye have tried the experiment, and planted the seed, and it swelleth and sprouteth, and beginneth to grow, ye must needs know that the seed is good.

    34 And now, behold, is your knowledge perfect? Yea, your knowledge is perfect in that thing, and your faith is dormant; and this because you know, for ye know that the word hath swelled your souls, and ye also know that it hath sprouted up, that your understanding doth begin to be enlightened, and your mind doth begin to expand.

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  8. 35 O then, is not this real? I say unto you, Yea, because it is light; and whatsoever is light, is good, because it is discernible, therefore ye must know that it is good; and now behold, after ye have tasted this light is your knowledge perfect?

    36 Behold I say unto you, Nay; neither must ye lay aside your faith, for ye have only exercised your faith to plant the seed that ye might try the experiment to know if the seed was good.

    37 And behold, as the tree beginneth to grow, ye will say: Let us nourish it with great care, that it may get root, that it may grow up, and bring forth fruit unto us. And now behold, if ye nourish it with much care it will get root, and grow up, and bring forth fruit.

    38 But if ye neglect the tree, and take no thought for its nourishment, behold it will not get any root; and when the heat of the sun cometh and scorcheth it, because it hath no root it withers away, and ye pluck it up and cast it out.

    39 Now, this is not because the seed was not good, neither is it because the fruit thereof would not be desirable; but it is because your ground is barren, and ye will not nourish the tree, therefore ye cannot have the fruit thereof.

    40 And thus, if ye will not nourish the word, looking forward with an eye of faith to the fruit thereof, ye can never pluck of the fruit of the tree of life.

    41 But if ye will nourish the word, yea, nourish the tree as it beginneth to grow, by your faith with great diligence, and with patience, looking forward to the fruit thereof, it shall take root; and behold it shall be a tree springing up unto everlasting life.

    42 And because of your diligence and your faith and your patience with the word in nourishing it, that it may take root in you, behold, by and by ye shall pluck the fruit thereof, which is most precious, which is sweet above all that is sweet, and which is white above all that is white, yea, and pure above all that is pure; and ye shall feast upon this fruit even until ye are filled, that ye hunger not, neither shall ye thirst.

    43 Then, my brethren, ye shall reap the rewards of your faith, and your diligence, and patience, and long-suffering, waiting for the tree to bring forth fruit unto you." (Alma 32:26-43)

    So at the end of all of this, the main reason of why I still remain a Mormon today is because of the answer of which I have personally received. It wasn't from anyone's persuasion, or words. It was from finding out for my self if the things we teach are true. I received a feeling I cannot describe, but it is one I cannot deny. Because I cannot deny it, I do my best to live it, regardless of my faults, I know the teachings of Christ, and his example continue to motivate me to become who my Heavenly Father wants me to be. I love my Heavenly Father, and my Saviour with all of my heart, and I receive so much joy from knowing that they are there for me.

    I know this is long response, but I hope that explains it well enough. lol

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  9. Fuck off with your religious mumbo jumbo

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  10. Looks like Jorah Mormon showed up. Amiright?

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    1. The name is Ser Jorah Mormont. Educate yourself, ignorant peasant .

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  11. OP, I think that at some point most of us go through stages where we question why we believe certain things. Fulton Sheen once said "“There are not one hundred people in the United States who hate The Catholic Church, but there are millions who hate what they wrongly perceive the Catholic Church to be.”
    I recommend checking out Catholic Answers (I love listening to their radio programs on the app or you can check out the website catholic.com) to see if maybe you can find answers to the things that you're struggling with about the Catholic church.

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