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If You Are Atheist But Grew Up In a Home of Faith...

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Do you miss anything?

I'm just curious. If I were atheist I would really struggle with giving up Pesach/Passover seders.

Or do you still do certain religious holiday celebrations, just without religious significance now? Like Christmas with all of the commercialism & none of the Christ?
by on May. 8, 2013 at 11:17 PM
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by Platinum Member on May. 9, 2013 at 9:42 AM

Nope. I still go to church, i sing the Doxology to my child all the time...sometimes i even say grace.

I can still love and participate in all of my childhood traditions, i just have a different understanding of what they mean..


by Member on May. 9, 2013 at 9:43 AM

I still participate with Christmas out of respect for my parents. Holidays always were and still are more about being together as a family.

by on May. 9, 2013 at 9:45 AM

no...we were never religious anyways even tho my parents made me to go CCD and everything

but we just celebrated the commercialism of all the holidays and i still do so i don't miss any of that

by on May. 9, 2013 at 10:07 AM
Not other deities necessarily but I think it's possible that god may appear to those he delivers messages to in a way that person will be most receptive. Like maybe he has a message for a christian, he may appear as Jesus or maybe as another deity if the person has a different religion. In that sense everyone could be right and wrong when it comes to their faith.

Cuz when you think about it, the likelihood of one religion having it all right is slim

But I believe in Jesus because while trying to pray and ask for guidance, I recieved visions of Jesus and the cross (lots of crosses over time) I once saw the triquetra too but that could be either christian or pagan.

But personal experience has led me to believe the bible is either completely man made up or inaccurate.

I've considered being called christopagan but I don't remember what I read about it. I remember reading about christopagan a and feeling like it didnt sound like me so I don't really know yet

Quoting Bookwormy:

OK, I *guess* you know you best, LOL! You do sound a lil' Pagan. Do you believe in other dieties besides Jesus? If so, that ain't typical Christian! I like to sometimes call myself JudeoPagan or a Jewitch. You can be ChristoPagan if you want!

Quoting parentalrights1:

I could be but I have I don't believe in the bible.

Some think believing in Jesus alone makes you christian but I don't know if I want to be lumped with the same religion as WBC and alot of the bigots anyway..

And I practice tarot which isn't really christian. I believe in psychics and spirit guides and communicating with them.

It's just a big cluster fuck so I am in all kinds of different groups (like pagan, christian, and psychics)

It's too hard to classify me. I find pagans to be really accepting and not pushy though so I hang around those groups more often

Quoting Bookwormy:

If you believe in Jesus, why aren't you an unaffiliated Christian?

Quoting parentalrights1:

Not atheist but no longer identify as christian

I keep up old holiday traditions. Everyone loves the fat chimney dweller and egg shitting rabbit

And I guess it's still sorta appropriate since I believe in Jesus

by Member on May. 9, 2013 at 6:21 PM

We celebrate christmas but not in a commercialism way. Our gifts are homemade. We are celebrating the season and the return of the sun, if you will. Same with easter, we celebrate spring. Only thing I miss is feeling of inclusion. 

by Runt on May. 9, 2013 at 6:43 PM

I came to faith as a teenager and I was raised by an Atheist father. 

Quoting romanceparty4u:

Sorry, I had the reverse, I was of faith being raised by an atheist and a co dependent that would just put her head in the sand when the sparks started to fly. She claimed to believe, but she also believed she was better than others. It was a very interesting education in difference.

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