Growing Up in Religion and then Growing Out of It

Freeing myself from the bonds of Christianity was the only decision I could make. Part 1 of…

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Born Into It

I was born into a religious home — Christian to be specific. To get even more specific, my father was a trained preacher for the Church of Christ. He went to a preacher’s college and everything in the 1970s. I’m a preacher’s kid. Which, I’ll add, is the same thing as a pastor’s kid, if your denomination uses that terminology. I didn’t ask to join that religion, but I guess it’s a normal human thing to automatically be a part of the religion your parents adopted, which in turn is generally decided by what country or culture they were born into. I was a Christian baby — the second of three born to these particular parents.

This Stuff is Super Weird

Like most young boys, all I wanted to do was run around and play all day long. I even occasionally peed in the backyard so I wouldn’t have to go inside to relieve myself and miss out on some fun. I loved to climb trees and run and jump and scream for no reason at all.

More Complications to What I was Being Taught

When I was young, my parents got divorced and my mom married another Church of Christ preacher. After that, my dad and mom seemed to hate each other to some degree, and that didn’t mesh well with what I was constantly being told about God being love and we’re supposed to forgive everyone and all that.

Learning to See with Eyes Wide Open

Even though there was a time in my life I called myself a Christian, there was an earlier time religion made no sense to me, and I just wanted to sleep in or play on Sunday mornings. Once I de-converted, I realized how gullible I was for a large portion of my life at that point. I believed pretty much anything just because someone said it.

Not Trying to Hurt Anyone’s Feelings

I’m not writing this to try to hurt anyone. I don’t want to hurt my parents, family members, friends, extended family, strangers, etc. I’m also not making fun of anyone, but I will probably ridicule concepts and ideas that are worthy of ridicule.

Technology professional in Hollywood, so naturally I also make terrible short films and adventure videos.

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