A recent study conducted by the Pew Forum showed that more than one quarter of American adults are leaving the faith of their childhood. Though Christianity is the world's largest religion, each year many people choose to leave the faith and go their own way. Some continue to believe in God, some turn to other religions or Eastern philosophies such as Buddhism, some turn to agnosticism or atheism. But why to people leave Christianity? Here are the top 15 reasons that former Christians state as the cause of their apostasy.
- God just never shows up. They can see no proof of God's existence, not evidence of any intervention, especially in times of natural disaster and major economic adversity, such as hunger and AIDS epidemics in Africa.
- Their prayers are not answered. Once again, they see no evidence of any intervention from God, whether they are praying for themselves or others.
- They see no difference in attitude and behavior between Christians and Non-Christians. Non-Christians are equally capable of living a moral life as Christians.
- They have had several bad experiences in churches. (i.e. corruption, abuse, coercion, greed, gossip)
- The Bible contradicts itself, as well as with morality and reality. The Bible makes several claims that to a rational human being, just don't make any sense.
- They do not understand why a God that loves everyone would send anyone to hell. For example, people of other religions (we're talking millions of people here), according to the Bible, would end up in Hell because they have not accepted Christ. If God truly loves everyone, why would he doom all of those people to torture in hell for eternity?
- The Bible contradicts science and nature. According to the Bible, the world is only 6,000 years old, while science has proven that the world is, in fact, much older. This is only one instance in which science trumps the Bible.
- They realize that all religions claim to be the only true religion, and only one can be right. This causes them to doubt that out of all of the religions in the world, Christianity would be the only way.
- They see no evidence of anything supernatural, including God. Throughout history, supernatural beings have been used as a way to explain things that humanity did not understand.
- They realized that Christianity is a faith that borrowed several of its stories and teachings from older traditions, such as Paganism.
- They realize that, contrary to Biblical teaching, that people are inherently good. They cannot grasp the concept of original sin.
- They see more harm than good being done in the name of Jesus. (i.e. The Crusades)
- Christianity is too oppressive. Practically any natural human behavior can be labeled as a sin in at least one denomination.
- Christianity suppresses knowledge and creativity. Because science and nature contradict the Bible, Christians steer people away from discovering the scientific truth.
- Christianity suppresses human sexuality. (i.e. premarital sex, contraception, homosexuality)
Whatever the reason behind their decision to leave Christianity, the fact remains that Christianity seems to be losing its hold on the American people. After a few more generations, it may cease to exist all together.
- T. M. Apsey
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charlie from From Kingdom of God living on Planet earth in between the oceans on September 11, 2018:
the main reason anyone would leave christianity is because it is a man made religion that we are warned in scripture to avoid. There are many warnings esp the ones saying "do NOT be Deceived" which describes these false ministries of men void of the Spirit of God. The church system of man is the playground of satan and those baptized into it think (because they are told) that it is if Christ but it is not. There is NOT ONE SCRIPTURE THAT SAYS TO MAKE christians.
Jesus is acting in this age as God's delegated Agent and here is the command of Jesus,
18 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.
Believing Jesus is the savior and saying a little prayer cannot make a disciple of Christ. but it does make disciples of men.
A disciple of Christ does not follow man but follows Christ alone. Those that claim to follow man and their churches and Christ according to scripture are unstable in ALL THEIR WAYS
Kathleen Cochran from Atlanta, Georgia on November 11, 2016:
I'm not leaving Christianity - that's my relationship with God. I am leaving Evangelicals. I do not want to be recognized with a group that is so merciless.
Jodda on October 15, 2014:
Great blog and great reasons for leaving Christianity. But I think that it all comes down to just one reason and that is that logic and reason are winning the battle over religion, superstition, faith and ignorance. Education has been the biggest enemy of religion and the more intelligent we become as a society the less we need the simple comfort of ignorant dogma. I’m a member of an older generation (boomer) and I’m happy to see that younger people today are moving away from religion and toward reason. There are great writers today who are leading the way against religion to create a better world and I would say Sam Harris is probably one of the best. The great writer Mark Twain dreamed of a day when religion would lose it’s stranglehold on civilization and perhaps we are on the very threshold of that dream.
CherylsArt on October 10, 2014:
I have had supernatural, spiritual experiences. I do believe that God is spirit, but not the God that I was taught about in church.
Sean Kinsella on July 25, 2014:
I was a Christian for 20 years and all I received was sickness, failure, hardship and defeat. I just got tired of hearing about a billionaire god while I was living on benefits. Tired of hearing about how he was risen with 'healing in his wings' while I was referred to a doctor or hospital yet again. Tired of being told that 'I shouldn't want things from god', when this came from people who'd all been rewarded with a job, house, marriage and car and who would tell anyone within distance how much god had blessed them by so doing. Tired of being told that 'I didn't have enough faith', from people who hadn't been through it (nor would they want to). Tired of dogma from those embarrassed for an answer. Tired of turning up for God when he didn't return the courtesy. Oh and very tired of watching my late brother die from a horrible degenerative disease. Tired of convincing myself that god was still to be loved unconditionally, even so.
I also got tired of staring science in the face and refuting it for the sake of doctrine and propaganda. Tired of being discouraged enough to the point where I left and then patronized about it too.
Tired of picking up the pieces and convincing myself that god knew best and tired of telling myself that tomorrow could/would be better.
It's alright talking about apostasy but if people pray for bread and get given stone (for 20 years), then eventually you come to a point of inevitability. That scripture is a wretched pack of fairy tales and that there is no god at the bottom of the garden. Have that any way you want, if it comforts you to think differently.
I can't recall the 20 years I gave to this religion, but I sure can prevent myself from any more heartbreak and pain brought on by wasted endeavors.
rod on July 10, 2014:
I'm a Christian and YES i always doubting in god existence WHY god allow my mom to suffer in illness when she was dying and Why my dad get ill and he died and guest what that time I was only 5 years old i live my life with no parents.Now in my 2o's i gave my life to Christ for almost 4 years being a christian reading the bible and praying nothing changed My prayers are not answered even one my prayer is very simple and my prayer is not material thing ..I'm very sad if what day i leave my faith. :(
samuel on November 16, 2013:
I have done a spiritual and intellectual exploration on other religions, I came to the conviction that Christianity carrys the purpose of God for humanity. God is raising a family for himself thru Jesus Christ his son who manifested in the flesh as emmmanuel God wit us matthwe 1vs23 just to reconcile us humanity to himself, listen if ur a Christian u need the holy spirit to reveal Jesus Christ to u john 16vs13-14 when he does no debate, intectual wisdom, agnotic, sceptical, phlosophcal. athtistic, knowledge can make u live Jesus for anything. I am a nigeran the level of the supernatural in my church is the fullfillness of the words of Jesus wherever two or three are gathered in my name I am in their midts. listen don't be afraid to leave a church where there is no Jesus a church where there is Jesus when impart spiritual wisdom and relelational wisdom in u making u demonstrate in spirit and power 1corinthans 2vs4. personaly I have converted many hardhearted persons wit the power of God. u must drop ur human wisdom if u want God to reveal himself to u 1corinthans 1vs18-19. we thank God for science and technology but signs and wonders is greater than science and technology. I am Nigerian some pastors talk about God witout the holy spirit that's why some members can say they are leaving God, listen if u leave God where are u going? whatever u believe now apart from Jesus it takes faith to believe it why not apply Hebrew 11vs6. there is a leavel God will manifest himself to u whether God answers ur prayer or not u will still truth him that's why Jesus called the holy spirit the comforter u most be truly born again to experience this heavenly life john 3vs4 finally be in Christ not in christianty cos if ur in Christ u will not be disappointed but if ur in christianty whatever happens to it happens to u bye. call me if ur having problems wit ur faith 08037521202 or e mail me samfranky3 @ yahoo.com
BY: WATERSTAR on October 20, 2013:
FROM: WATERSTAR: if a traveler receive the whether report that a great storm is on its way up the road with winds of 300 miles per hour and many towns and villages is already blown away, would a wise traveler Leave the Safety of a Shelter Home of Safety to go on the raging Stormy see in a Rubber Dinige with no paddle, When a Person Leave The Church With All Its Problems and in a few days Blame GOD and Weak sinful Chistrians and run back into a Stormy Wicked Sinful World The Only Person That Will Be Shut Out Is The Person Who Shut The Door Behind Them And Leave The Church and in Many Cases Some Never Return But Lose Their Own Soul Because They Were Not Willing to Fight The Good Fight Of Faith and indeed Lay Hold On ETERNAL LIFE No Matter The Hard Rejection And Abondonment By Weak Christians, NOW Is not the time To Leave The Church find a More Bible LOVING Church and GO and Sit down And HUMBLE yourself For the LOVE OF JESUS and The Bright Hope Of HEAVEN Be Wise and be apart of The Blessings of the Wise VERGINS Who Watch and pray and was able to enter the MARRIGE Supper With their MASTER and LORD, THE RAPTURE is NEAR JESUS is COMING VERY SOON you be Wise And Get Ready for JESUS SOON RETURN it is Written in the Last days The Love Of Many People Will Get Cold So It is Many people in Church Do Not Have any Love But Make Sure You Get Love From GOD For Yourself For GOD IS LOVE and Full Of LOVE Life on EARTH is just a few days Life in HEAVEN will BE FOREVER You Choose Which One You Like For Yourself ,as it is Written in ACTS Chapter 2 verse 38 REPENT AND BE BAPTIZE In THE NANE OF JESUS EVERY ONE OF YOU be wise if all the Apostle Baptize in JESUS name and is sitting In HEAVEN what will Doing Like The Apostle Do For You, Come alive and Look all around you and tell yourself is a CHANGE Coming Do You See A Shift In the World People ECONOMY we indeed is a One world together People because of the internet, JESUS is COMING BE HE READY to LEAVE with HIM UP to GLORY when HE comes Think about yourself and not Weak BLIND Christians show Love and forgiveness to all For GOD is LOVE and every true Beliver that have Love is Born of GOD, go and Buy a Good OLD King James Bible and Read it For your self it is still a Good True story Book to Read it Will Lead you to Life if you truly believe the Gospel and the story of the Books of Acts of the Apostle: BY WATERSTAR:
savvydating on October 11, 2013:
I am not a Christian for the reward of heaven (at all). I don't know whether there is a heaven. I only know that Jesus was the most perfect man who ever lived. The other reason I appreciate Christianity is because of the historical evidence. Read anything from the following peer-respected, distinguished historical scholars for yourself, lazy sunday, or any other condescending, but perhaps well-meaning naysayers... The scholars I speak of are: Craig Evans, Michael Licona, and Edwin Yamauchi. There are many more, of course, but they're enough for anyone to begin (or probably end) with. After you've read their work, get back to me about "miserable lives in need of hope" and people who "could not care less about God." (particularly in lieu of the fact that only 2 to 5% of the US population are atheists).
lazysunday123 on October 11, 2013:
I don't understand why some people choose to stay in Christianity when there are so many inconsistencies in scripture? Are these people holding on to the hope that they will reap a reward in heaven for sticking to the belief system of Christianity? They think they love God. In reality, it's all self-serving. They just love themselves. They just want the reward of going to heaven and afraid of hell. So it seems to me, Christianity and other religions are motivated by fear. Naturally, the human body cannot distinguish a real danger from false danger. Humanly speaking, I don't think it is possible to love something you cannot see or touch or hear. God is a concept. The reason why I say the idea of God is a concept is because everybody has a different idea or description of God. If God is not a concept, then everybody would have the same description of God across the board. A tree is a tree. God is a concept that is reflective of each individual's life experience. The idea of God is a made up idea to bring comfort and hope to human sufferings. Did you ever wonder why all religions have the same theme? They all originated by a prophet who heard the voice of God with the message to bring hope to the poor and suffering. So underprivileged people hold on to this belief with the hope of a better afterlife. I wonder why there aren't any religion that originated from a rich and prosperous community. Religion is opium for the suffering masses who had miserable lives in need of hope to lift their spirits. My theory is...all religion is self-serving designed to be self-soothing. The self-soothing part is hope for the reward of heaven for being faithful to the belief system. It has nothing to do with God. If it has to do with loving God, then the reward of heaven is not necessary. People "love" or believe in God for the exchange of going to heaven, not for the sake of loving God. People wouldn't want to be a Christian if all it is about loving God. Nope, it's about wanting the reward of heaven. People could care less about God if there was no heaven or hell. Reward and punishment...the most enduring and successful motivator to get people to identify with a certain religion. People who say they love God are just lying to themselves. It is always about the self! That is the truth. At least, that is just my 2 cents.
pencil on September 07, 2013:
Facts can be most clearly seen when one lifts the veils of blind emotion and blind faith and ego-centrism. This is how one opens the eye of reason. When I opened this eye, the first thing I saw was the lack of evidence for Biblical infallibility. The next thing I saw was the lack of evidence for local miracles, ghosts, demons. I also saw that creationists were wrong. I was blind to some things.
Amy from Texas on May 27, 2013:
We live in a world where we are inundated by false teachings. We witness things via television or other media that leave us insensitive to tragedy. We must bow before the Almighty God and quit trying to fit him into our mold. He alone can fill the void each of us has within us.
tony on December 26, 2012:
Personally, I just think god is the most horrible creator u could imagine. The concept he created is just horrible, casting this horrible satan and army of demons down on us. Giving them enormous invisible power to enter our bodies and rip our souls apart and influencing others. The evil that's on this earth is sickening! I never see any break through or justice or healing from this god, all I see is evil . The ppl of christianity I don't know of or see anyone who is holy. I see many false teachers prophets and church's and god lets the ppl fall into all these traps. The great multitude of starving families and the crying children and god never provides rainwater to grow any crops like he could'nt careless. Jesus says all u need is a mustard seed of faith to move mountains , yet millions of ppl (i'm assuming) from all faiths have prayed for this never ending sickening famine to end, but it doesn't. We just keep on seeing this horror everyday on and on for ever. Why is this God so unbelievably evil? does he not see???? does he not see the horror and what about jesus does he not care for these little children?
There is noway anyone can tell me he cares cuz he has the power to stop it and he just won't. Instead mindless sickening horror. The whole concept is about horror.
And when I read Deuteronomy 28 when moses stood before the ppl and tells the ppl of all the sickening curses god would lead them to for leaving the faith, it was enough to almost make me puke. This is the kind of god we have who curses the whole family tree until all be destroyed. Cursing them to worship other gods, cursing their sons and daughters to become captive before their very eyes. Cursing them to commit fornication with their neighbors wives and cursing them to eat the flesh of their sons and daughters and on and on and on with horrific curses that never end.
This god reminds me of hitler and when I think of ww2 and all the attempts to kill hitler all failed, and I read there was 146 attempts ...that is just so sick and when I think of the kinds of horrors hitler did, god just stood by and as far as I'm concerned protected him. ONE HUNFRED AND FORTY SIX TIMES ...guns don't go off, bombs don't affect him.. all I got to say is wow!
God does not send any holy person to capture the ppl so they can believe,so the can REALLY BELIEVE!!!AD CHANGE for the better. No one can come to god unless he comes to them and look at how many he does not come to. And look at how many who I'm assuming come in good faith searching for God and fall into traps of all kinds with false prophets and church's.
He's horrible just horrible. Even when Christ died the whole concept is one big horror show getting nailed to a cross horror HORROR that's what this god is all about.
I don't many but a few will enter in this perfect place heaven and for the rest of us prison surrounded by horror.
Even the story of JOB the only man the the whole face of the earth who does it right according to god. And look what god did to him, god says YES to that sickening piece of garbage lucifer and all the innocent animals and relatives who get blood blasted. That's what god does to the only man who does it right and to do it right is a super hard walk in the first place, imagine what he has in store for us.
He's just horrible.
tom on October 09, 2012:
TMApsey (author) from Wisconsin, USA on September 03, 2012:
You are correct. This is not a survey, but a list of the most common reasons that people decide to leave the Christian faith. You are wrong, however to assume that I (the author) know very little about Christianity through the eyes of a believer. I was born into a Christian home, and grew up very involved in church ministries. I was a true believer, but then as I grew older, I began to question the faith. The more I read the Bible, the less sense it made to me. I did not become an atheist right away, I researched many different belief systems and philosophies and found that I enjoyed studying religion. I am now pursuing a BA in Religion and Philosophy. I wrote this article to show Christians the reasons why people are leaving so that they might understand where we are coming from. It's not because we lack faith, or were never true believers in the first place. We're not demon possessed. We are merely people who decided to examine Christianity with a critical eye and found, based on their observations, that Christianity just is not for them.
Vesselin on September 02, 2012:
I am sure that this is not a survey, but just a personal opinion of a sceptic. "According to the Bible, the world is only 6,000 years old" - this is not true. Viewing Christianity through the crusades only shouws perception of nonbeliervers, rather atheists. For sure this is not a survey!!! The autor knows very little about the christianity through the eyes of christians themselves.
chrisdownunder on August 09, 2012:
All those points are true, right at this moment. I am leaving my faith because of all of these.
thost from Dublin, Ireland on March 30, 2012:
Your 15 reasons are fairly true, I won’t question them.
Because organised religion is a man made product; blind belief is the basis of religion.
You may turn your back to God, but when your back is against the wall, and there is no way out. Then, you will call on your God.
Great Hub, will vote up.
Francine Colette Cooper from Indianapolis Indiana on March 24, 2012:
An interesting hub which will cause us, Christian's to look at self. Thank you for sharing!
Sparklea from Upstate New York on March 05, 2012:
You made incredible points in this excellent hub. Also, I've experienced many of what is on your list. Yes, I HAVE found Christianity to be very oppressive...not because of God, but because of people. Personally I do not like the word, "religion," nor do I like being referred to as a "religious" person. However I do most definitely believe I was created by God, and I believe every word in the Bible to be true. I believe in the birth, death and resurrection of Christ. I once heard a speech where the speaker said, "no one knows for sure, it is an eternal mystery." I agree. If there is not a heaven or a hell, I'll find out when I die. In the meantime I stand on my beliefs. That being said, I also totally respect all other religions and their beliefs. I have no right to judge how a person believes or feels. I do not judge how people choose to live nor their personal choices. I just know that I have had numerous prayers answered, as well as experienced multiple coincidences which I believe are from God. I voted UP on this honest, thought provoking hub. Blessings, Sparklea
Sparklea on March 05, 2012:
You made incredible points in this excellent hub. Also, I've experienced many of what is on your list. Yes, I HAVE found Christianity to be very oppressive...not because of God, but because of people. Personally, I do not like the word, "religion," nor do I like to be referred to as a "religious" person. However I do most definitely believe I was created by God, and I believe every word in the Bible to be true. I believe in the birth, death and resurrection of Christ. I once heard a speech where the speaker said, "no one knows for sure, it is an eternal mystery." I agree. If there is NOT a heaven or a hell, I'll find out when I die. In the meantime I stand on my beliefs. That being said, I also totally respect all other religions and their beliefs. I have no right to judge how a person believes or feels. I do not judge how people choose to live. I just know that I have had numerous prayers answered, as well as experienced multiple coincidences which I believe are from God. I voted UP on this excellent, thought provoking hub. Blessings, Sparklea
savvydating on March 03, 2012:
Mmargie1966. You said it better than I did, and I thank you for that.
TMApsey (author) from Wisconsin, USA on March 03, 2012:
I fully respect those who are able to hold onto that belief. As for myself, the more I study religion, the more absurd Christianity seems to me. It doesn't mean that I'm selfish or lazy, I have spent many years studying religion and am currently pursuing my BA in religion. The decision I made to leave Christianity was based on extensive research and sound reason.
Mmargie1966 from Gainesville, GA on March 03, 2012:
When my child was 10 years old, he asked me, "Mom, how do you know there is a God?" A response popped right out of my mouth, and I didn't even think about it. It was as if I was being told the answer as well as my child.
I said, simply because you were born. Scientists can put cells together. They can make them divide. But a soul is only given by God. I told him his dad and I made his body with our bodies, but his personality, conscience, feelings and intuition were given to him by God. His soul was given to him by God.
It is very easy to opt out of Christianity. Its simply a lack of faith, with a little selfishness and laziness thrown in to the mix (and that is the popular way of thinking these days).
It is actually very difficult to be a true Christian. I use the word "true" because the religion as a whole does not represent what it really is...a relationship. Personally, I don't agree with everything about the religion. But I believe that Jesus was the Son of God. He was crucified and died to pay for my sins. I believe he rose from the grave and will return to rescue his followers. I believe in the Holy Trinity. I believe that God wishes us to live our lives as righteously as we can, but forgives us when we ask.
If you open your heart, and accept the fact that true Christians don't belong in this evil world, you will realize that you are supposed to feel out of place here. Its supposed to be difficult. Otherwise, why would we need faith?
My faith teaches me not to judge others. I live and let live. My faith teaches me to have fellowship with other believers because we were made to be a social species. That being said, I also accept and love those who have different beliefs than mine. Church? Church is a building. Fellowship is what we Christians need.
Not my opinion...my belief
savvydating on March 03, 2012:
I may make myself a bit unpopular, but I am willing to take the risk. Here goes: There are many sophisticated men and women, including scientists who believe in God and Christianity. I am inclined to favor the views of Sir Francis Bacon, who said: "It is true that a little philosophy inclineth man's mind to atheism, but depth in philosophy bringeth men's minds about to religion. It is much too easy to disregard Christianity on a superficial level and I, for one, choose not to take the easy route where the life of Jesus is concerned...He certainly didn't. I am currently reading "The Rage against God", a story about an atheist turned Christian. Perhaps it may be useful for others.
Brad Masters from Southern California on February 25, 2012:
The biblical God just doesn't make any sense, and neither do the stories in the bible(s)
Why would there need to be two bibles only a few hundred years apart, although it took over 1400 years to collect the individual documents written by different people at different times and different places. The decision of what went into them was made by man alone.
Disappearinghead from Wales, UK on February 19, 2012:
Interesting list. For me it is 1, 2 and 9 that have caused me to seriously question my faith in God. I'm kind of bumping along the bottom of a very deep trough now, and rarely pray anymore. It's just that when I look back over life and at the present, I just don't see how prayer has made significant difference to my life or familly situations. I look at the situations my wife's family are in and for all the full on dedication to Christanity, I simply do not see how being a Christian has benefited their lives in terms of happiness, health, well being, or material needs.
JNSimmons from Washington, DC on February 13, 2012:
Hmmmm. Some good reasons, TMApsey. After exploring several religions myself and even being married to a man that practices Buddhism (Taoism and Zen), I have decided that I am a Christian because I relate to Christ; not to the church that was built on controlling those that believe. His message and lessons were about love, compassion and being present in the spirit. I do believe that at the end of the day, matters of the heart, mind, spirit and soul all create one goal... to be brilliant human beings.
Besides, I think Christ makes a very good Buddhist.
Judy Specht from California on February 12, 2012:
My problem is church. People play church; the longer they play church the harder it is to maintain the roll. Real Christianity is relational.
Dianna Mendez on February 12, 2012:
I have heard many people refer to reasons 3 and 4 in defense of leaving Christianity. Their experiences in the church are met with disappointment. I don't argue with reasons. My purpose is simply to live my life as an example and answer questions as they arise in regards to my faith. Thank you for writing this hub which challenges us to think about how we live our faith before others.
Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on February 12, 2012:
I'm sure that Christianity will not cease to exist. Those who stick with Christianity are people who choose to exercise faith in Christ--not in others and the fact the present. However, this is a good article and Christians can learn from the research findings. Thanks for sharing.
Mikal Smith from Vancouver, B.C. on February 11, 2012:
Such a great hub. I've never heard things explained this way. I wasn't raised a Christian and in North America have always felt likean outsider looking in but I have had many friends questioning these things, not only in Christianity but in other faiths as well.
Sparklea on February 11, 2012:
Very informative, and very true. I am a Christian, and will remain so, but I have to agree with what you said. Thank you for an excellent hub. It certainly gives the reader something to think about. Blessings, Sparklea :)
Shiningstar4u2c from Hilton Head Island on February 10, 2012:
Very good reasons! This is so sad but true! People are leaving church because God is not in the churches. The churches have compromised with the world over so many years and now as I heard an old time preacher say once, that it is dangerous to go to church, because they are not teaching the Word and God is not in them anymore. So it is dangerous for a persons soul to be lost by believing the lies of the churches. Good article.
vector7 on February 10, 2012:
Cease to exist? lol, kindly, that is bold and not original.
I've heard and read the notion countless times, never seen the possiblity, including in light of the list here, and can't say I agree with the logic or reasoning. God also says the opposite, that he would NOT have us to be ignorant, which is to be diligent intelligent and intellectual. Science is a constant ever correcting method, and I am a Christian and I invent things and find no joy in anything but creativity and give all the credit to yes, you guessed it, lol, God above.
Anywho, no pun intended, just alternate perspective - but I like your enthusiasm.
Jacki1989 on February 08, 2012:
I personally, grew up as a christian my whole life until I was 14. After I learned about other religions and that they existed, I instantly knew there was something wrong bout religion itself. I'm 21 now and an atheist since that day. I just can't grasp the fact that if I would've grown up a buddhist I would've BEEN a buddhist, and going to hell for not believing in Jesus, which is not MY fault. I think I'll remain atheist for a while.
Jose Velasquez from Lodi, New Jersey on February 06, 2012:
I can neither speak for against any religion. I believe people worship the same God in different ways, and there really isn't any point arguing over semantics. Live a moral life to the best of your beliefs.
WD Curry 111 from Space Coast on February 06, 2012:
I have had every experience you mentioned. You are talking Christianity. That covers a broad spectrum of religions.
The bible says that God has a name that only he knows. That is what I want to call "him" by.
Many may leave their religion for many reasons. There is only one reason why anyone will walk away from their creator. Their faith is not real.
Great, thought provoking hub by the way.
saav on February 05, 2012:
Personally, I believe in God, but in my opinion, some things that were said here are true, while some are just generalizations of our faith. I will not force my beliefs onto anyone. If a person thinks that leaving Christianity will help them be a better person, who am I to stop them?
Joy Smith from Arkansas on February 03, 2012:
I have had some doubts lately as to my beliefs. This really sums up why I am questioning everything that I grew up knowing and believing. We don't stop believing cause we are bad people, we just start questioning and wondering. Once that happens it breaks the barrier in any relationship.
Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on February 03, 2012:
I believe in God. Religions are many and divided. God is one..All people are one in his eyes...
reikieffect on February 03, 2012:
Hit a nerve! To me is a matter of being incongruent of words and actions. I still pray and believe in God because when I look at the sky, an animal or kid I can see all the wonders and gifts we have, but it is hard to belong to a religion when expectations are so high that they know you are going to fail. Great hub and up!
Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon from United Kingdom on February 03, 2012:
Awesome hub. My reasons for leaving Christianity and following my own path appear here. No more Christianity? That's something to think about.
Roxanne Lewis from Washington on February 02, 2012:
Your courage is inspiring and your right! Great Hub!
stellavoce on February 02, 2012:
Love it! Thank you for writing this.