Not really sure where I'm going now as far as religion goes...

...just glad to be away from Mormonism! :)

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Comment by Tina on November 6, 2010 at 4:14am
I was forced to go to church when I was growing up and living in my parents' house. I was raised Lutheran. I wish I had parents who guided and directed me, but it was more forcing me. :-/
Comment by Enlightened on November 6, 2010 at 6:58am
My personal opinion is that the majority of parents do what they believe to be the best for their children - it may not always be the case but surely, very rarely, will a parent expect a child to do something that they know would be harmful to their child. It just goes against the nature of being a parent I feel. OK, so there ARE exceptions to the rule.

I asked the question above because so many people talk about being thankful that they can think for themselves, don't need "whatever", but surely there is a time in our lives when we need direction from "somewhere" - we aren't born with the knowledge of "good and evil" to coin a phrase - it is something we are taught/learn (by whoever) and if there was no teaching of such, HOW would we know?

Someone once asked me - if you were born to parents who did not believe in a God where would you get your teachings of right and wrong from? --- from those parents? perhaps friends/aquaintenances? - but then WHERE did THEY get their beliefs of right and wrong from? - need I go on? Gee, I'm evening confusing myself now!! lol
Comment by Tina on November 6, 2010 at 7:10am
OIC now. Thanks! :)
Comment by UtahissunnierthanOregon on November 6, 2010 at 6:56pm
Wow Casey---it has taken me years to get to that point! cool.
Comment by Don on November 6, 2010 at 9:45pm
I feel that we seem to have this need (like a reformed drug user,wink, wink) to have something tell us what to do. Take your time. You aren't going to the good place or the bad place just because "you feel it". That is not even theological in any Church.
Just be a good person, love others, come to a complete stop at red lights, chew your food good, and all will be ok. :) Just because we worry bout something does not make that thing a reality, or even an issue. Our response is more important than the perception / stimulus.
Enjoy your freedom, don't be so fast to find another faith because you will want it to fit in the "master/slave" relationship that we had in Mormonism. Just let it happen. I returned to my Catholic faith. Others may gravitate to 'whatever". Be happy, don't hurt others and just be the good you that you are. :)

Don
Comment by Tina on November 6, 2010 at 9:55pm
Don, thank you for that advice! Very good! :)
Comment by Don on November 6, 2010 at 10:08pm
You are very welcome. We look for our Mormon Nazi Marching orders as members of other faiths and feel, incorrectly, that there is no value there if we are not told what to do, or that we are remiss in some way. Funny as it might sound, take some time off. You do not have to spend every waking moment trying to serve the great master that will also demand 10% of what you work for... Their teachings and practices serve their needs, and you are replaceable. The Missionaries will bring others in and you will be replaced. Contrary to what the Borg tells you, "Resistance is NOT futile, you need not be assimilated".
People that are born in a neutral charge in regards to religion have just a good chance of succeeding as others. In fact, IMHO, they might do even better since they are minus the baggage.
We need to recognise our own value, as we are, where we are, who we are. Stop bowing and scraping to kiss others rear ends.
ok, ...off to bed now. I am really tired and my eyes hurt.

Don
Comment by Tina on November 6, 2010 at 10:15pm
Yea, I've had religion stuffed down my throat my whole life, especially growing up. I do need a break. Rest well, Don!
Comment by Enlightened on November 7, 2010 at 4:08am
@ Don, totally in agreeance with "we need to recognise our own value, as we are, where we are, who we are"....now having said that - where did you learn to do that - or were you just born with these values? (wink wink nudge nudge)

Comment by Dan on November 7, 2010 at 8:58am
I had the same question 6 years ago. My solution was to go to a liberal university and take biblical studies. The more you know the better you are able to make a decision. In class we need to ask - Who wrote it? To who did they write? For what purpose? What were the political and social circumstances at the time of writing?, Was it written at the time the event happened or years, decade or centuries later? Is it historical or scientifically reliable, Are there any mistranslations? Has anything been added or taken away? etc
My conclusions lead me to be an Atheist. However, that means accepting the fact that when you die you are no more.So read and study with an open mind while useing the questions above to come to a place you are comfortable if you are able, Good luck.
Dan

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