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Re: The "Moment"
« Reply #15 on: July 16, 2016, 12:27:17 am »
Quote from: Friendly_Viking;190939
Hello All,

I was thinking about the "moment" I realized that the Christian faith wasn't for me after going 32 years as a Christian. I had always questioned the beliefs. I was sitting at work one day when paganism just popped into my head. I then started searching online almost obsessively to find out as much as I could. I started looking at Wicca and then I stumbled on Heathenism. Since that time I have decided to learn all I can about the Heathen religion and the more I learn the more I know this is where I was meant to be.

I am curious of others "moment" if they do not mind sharing that with us. From what I have read, many people started as Christian and then converted. Thank you in advance to anyone who decides to share their story!

 
I just always knew that I wasn't Christian and that it wasn't for me. For a short time when I was about 12 or 13 I was Christian but looking back I realize that I wasn't as comfortable with being open about my religion as I am now, and I think that was part of my knowing that Christianity wasn't for me. I grew up with my mom, who was more 'spiritual' instead of my Christian dad so I think that's part of why I was never really a Christian. Until I came to Paganism (then Buddhism, then back to Paganism) the extent of my religious beliefs was that there's a God and heaven and angels.

Whenever I visited my dad, I'd say my prayers before going to bed. Sometimes I'd say the "Now I Lay Me" prayer with my stepmom (my dad split up with her and remarried, but she's been a part of my life ever since I can remember, so I still call her my stepmom). Other times I'd say the prayer with Dad. After a while I decided not to anymore and that was kinda it.

Church was always boring to me. I remember one time I actually started falling asleep during the sermon! My younger brother went to Sunday School once he was old enough, and sometimes I wonder how things would have been if I'd also gone to Sunday School. I assume the churches I'd gone to with Dad didn't have Sunday Schools, or maybe I just didn't go because he had me on weekends, and that's why I never went. I think I would have definitely gotten something out of Church and had more fun if I'd gone. I think each religion has its own wisdom to offer, even if I'm not a part of that religion. As an adult, I do enjoy church, but that's because I've gone to a UU church nearby, and it's more in line with my beliefs.

I think Dad is now coming more to terms with my being a Pagan. He knows I'm a Heathen and had even asked a few questions, which I was more than happy to answer. Mom's cool with it; she's been cool with my religious exploration and I love that she gave me the freedom to do so.

But yeah, that's basically it. While I did become a Christian for a short time, I just never saw Christianity as being the religion for me and I didn't feel as comfortable with Christianity as I do with Paganism.
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Re: The "Moment"
« Reply #16 on: July 24, 2016, 08:47:07 pm »
Quote from: Friendly_Viking;190939
Hello All,

I was thinking about the "moment" I realized that the Christian faith wasn't for me after going 32 years as a Christian. I had always questioned the beliefs. I was sitting at work one day when paganism just popped into my head. I then started searching online almost obsessively to find out as much as I could. I started looking at Wicca and then I stumbled on Heathenism. Since that time I have decided to learn all I can about the Heathen religion and the more I learn the more I know this is where I was meant to be.

I am curious of others "moment" if they do not mind sharing that with us. From what I have read, many people started as Christian and then converted. Thank you in advance to anyone who decides to share their story!

 
My "ah-ha" moment was a bit muddled. I was raised a "submarine catholic", only surfacing for christmas and easter. I was adopted as a baby, and one of the conditions of my adoption was that I be given to a catholic family. When I was in labor with my first child, I was alone, my husband was deployed. When it came time to deliver, I was out of my head with pain. I saw SOMEONE standing behind the nurse as I was pushing. I had never seen this person before, never knew who it was. (Nurse said I was hallucinating because of the pain.) Fast forward 4 years, and I found out who my birth mother was. She had passed away about 6 months before I gave birth. While visiting my half sister and "step-dad", I saw a picture of my mother. Looked exactly like who I had seen in the room. I said something to my stepdad, and he mentioned that my mother was a dianic witch for a time before she passed away. That lead to a series of sleepless google search filled nights, and I stumbled upon Asatru. I have been following my path for 7ish years now.

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