posted on Jun, 15 2012 @ 12:05 PM
reply to post by windword
Honestly I'm surprised the numbers aren't higher.
I think most people doubt their beliefs at sometime, but the thing about religious indoctrination, especially in my case (I was raised in a
Pentecostal church as well) is that they train you to shove the doubts away and embrace ignorance. It wasn't until my late teens when my parents
stopped forcing me to get up early to go to church that I began to seek God on my own and read the Bible independent of being spoon-fed by some guy
behind a pulpit. If anything leads a Christian to doubt their faith, or even for their faith to crumble as mine eventually had to, it's reading the
Bible without any of the spin put on it by apologists and preachers.
Suddenly instead of Egypt deserving their fate you feel sorry for them, Yahweh is hardening Pharaoh's heart specifically to carry out the slaughter
of the first born. Then after freeing his people Yahweh turns right around in Exodus 21 and tells them they can sell their daughters as slaves, beat
their slaves, and even will some permanent slaves to their children as property.
They do say that one of the fastest ways to create an atheist is to have someone read the Bible, it took a while for me but reading the Bible
definitely had a lot to do with it.
I find it promising that more people are doubting and questioning their beliefs, doubt is the first step on the journey to the truth.