What would make someone renounce their faith? Is it church hypocrisy? Change of heart? Or have they found a loophole in the Bible? Former religious individuals share what made them turn their backs on religion.
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Only One Religion Is Correct
There are over 45,000 religious denominations worldwide. And each of them claims that they are the correct and chosen one. If so, does that mean the rest (44,999) are just awaiting destruction?
Intolerance Between Different Religions
To make matters worse, many religious individuals cannot accept the fact that other people believe in a different God.
The Lack of Compassion and Rejection of Science
You’d expect religious people to possess virtues like humility, empathy, and compassion. Sadly, most are the “rudest bunch ever.”
They also ruin religion by dismissing science. For instance, many disapprove of the existence of dinosaurs because they aren’t recorded in the Bible.
Use Religion as An Excuse
“God in the Bible does horrible things, but it’s okay because He’s God, (works in) mysterious ways, etc. So, lots of people strive to be ‘more like God’ in that way by doing horrible things then say, ‘I’m a good Christian,” notes a user.
People Bend Their Interpretations to Fit Whatever They Want
A poster remembers asking a youth leader about harming another individual during a war. To his surprise, the leader said, “God understands that it is sometimes necessary in life to go to war.” Perplexed, he asked if it was still acceptable when the war happened for the wrong reasons. He answered, “War is pretty much always in the right, and God understands that it’s different than just ‘normal’ killing.” Well, this interpretation didn’t make sense to this poster.
Inherent Shame Women Were Made to Feel
Some religions even teach that women are evil, “saying that Satan walks among the female body and men must take measures against them.”
With this in mind, it makes sense why this user (among many others) was tormented by a religious leader, “When I was sexually assaulted, I spoke to my pastor because I was afraid to tell my family. He asked me what I did to make the other kid have impure thoughts and tried to make it out to be my fault.”
No one’s condemning the building of megachurches. But it makes no sense when that money would do greater good for the community.
Besides, who needs a “life-size bronze statue of the pastor” or Starbucks in church?
Imagine a religious leader writing you a letter that you are making inadequate donations to the church! Unbelievable, but it happens.
Then, some people become religious “to feel morally superior to others and then use that superiority to control everything.” Others solely shun you out because you questioned some religious practices or leaders.
“You Just Have to Have Faith”
Apparently, religious people use this statement as an answer to religious questions. Some also say, “We don’t ask questions like that,” “God works in mysterious ways,” or “Live for Jesus, and everything else will pan out.”
Religious leaders’ hypocrisy and unwillingness to answer those who questioned them also ruined religion for many people.
Priests Abusing Kids
This is a sad reality that has been ongoing for decades. What’s worse, the church protects such priests, and when the cases come to light, they ask the assailants to resign or retire.
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