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Anyone willing to take a POLL..?
February 14, 2007
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What religion were you raised in?

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Baptist

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me too, Baptist

February 14, 2007
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Christian Religion

Methodist then Episcopal denomination -BUT Gramma was a Nazarene, and a big influence. One of my aunts is Mormon and feels compelled to show us the Mormon path to heaven. And Daddy is Non-Denominational.

February 14, 2007
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Anglican (= Church of England, = Episcopal)

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Roman Catholic(father + schooling)AND Anglican (= Church of England, = Episcopal) concurrently,

In a marriage style re-run of the Battle of the Boyne, - the Orange and the Green, with plenty of plates flying and screaming and yelling matches with plenty of physical, mental and spiritual abuse flying around. You know, 'real good' Christian beliefs of two breakaway Jewish Sects in full flight.

Two different Christian(Jewish) Gods fighting for supremacy over my mind. Hmmmmmm!! Because of inordinate bias of the time exposure the Roman Catholic God 'won'; however only until I finally realized that the whole 'God' thing was a confidence trick, a power game played by religious hierarchs in order to gain control over the minds of the masses.

February 14, 2007
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Originally Catholic in formative years. Then Baptist. Then Satanic for awhile in high school (out of curiosity) Now - I learn my lessons about life from nature.

History channel. Learning Channel. Discovery Channel. National Geographic Channel. Science Channel. Animal Planet Channel and not to forget PBS and the wonderful NOVA series.

I find myself gravitating towards what is tangible....makes me sleep good at night!!!!

OMW, Great Thread by the way.

February 14, 2007
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I spose one would say some type of Christian, more likely deist. We said grace at dinner and my dad spoke of the Good Lord. He was a boyscout master and so I learned all that with my brothers, and all about "God's Country"- the High Sierra Nevada, where we trekked every summer- first 50-miler was at 11 yrs old. No church. My parents taught us mostly about religious fanaticism and the pain and suffering it causes.

My dad's stepmom was so abusive to his sister (and him) that in her 30's she was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia. She's psychotic. Heavy meds, the whole shamang. she was a southern baptist and preached daily. Even through the locked door of the closet my aunt was in for 2-3 days at a time. she had water in there. That was it.

My brother died when he was 13 months old. My dad's family told them this is what happens when you don't have a baby baptized. That was it. My brothers and I were kept away from his side of the family. To this day.

I found a youth group in High School. Baptist. And was baptized. My parents did not come. They felt that "showing off" a sacred thing to be held within our hearts takes away from it's sincerity.

One of my brothers was baptized as well in a baptist church. Didn't go to that either.

"Jesus was humble, tolerant, forgiving, and accepting. If you want to follow a religious teaching, follow Jesus. But not his church."

Heard this numerous times. So many times, I've got written above verbatim to how I heard it.

think I could listen to my parents? ha. I was the black sheep of the family, the rowdy rebel rouser. Had to find everything out for myself.

And boy did I.

I will never, EVER, belong to ANY church again.

My parents were, and still are, wise.

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Raised in a Baptist but we do not totally conform to their doctrine. The best I can explain is that We are BIBLE believers.

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My mom's side of the family was Masonic, Masons. Her dad was a 32nd degree Mason. I got into Job's daughters in High School and "went up the line." so the only book in the Bible I can say that I REALLY know well, is the book of Job.

I don't know if anybody knows what I'm taling about, but Masonic thinking was definitely an influence in my life. Still is.

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Mainly Baptist and Methodist.

February 15, 2007
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I never went to church growing up

February 15, 2007
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February 15, 2007
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bevdee...
I have read a little about your dad's beliefs and how that effected you in some of the previous threads. Someone who is non-denominational in my mind, says that he isn't religious, yet from what I have read, your dad was? or am I wrong? I remember my dad not allowing us to play cards on Sunday. I also remember thinking that was insane. He was raised by a 7th Day Adventist mother & father (OT and strict!)but went to a Baptist church with us of course when I was a child. But we still didn't play cards on Sunday. Now if I chose to play cards on a Sunday I would, as it has nothing to do with anything. Here in Las Vegas, are several non-denominational churches, who as mamacinnamon stated above are Bible-based churches without a doctrine. Most churches here do not inflict the guilt that I remember growing up with...I still shudder at the thought of serving in a church because someone said that I HAVE too to be 'Godly'...I say not true.

TEZ...good grief! Wow.

FREE: not familiar with the Masonic faith. Your parents though sound like they were trying to get you to see that Jesus is not contained within the walls of a church? They must have had a negative experience with church? It seems as children that most of us on this site had negative experiences at a church.

GARFIELD:
Not sure I understand the Apostolic faith even after reading about it! Would you mind explaining it to me a bit more? thx!

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I consider that I was raised NOTHING!

My dad was Catholic, whose parents were divorced (a no no) and my mom was Methodist but was orphaned...They dropped us (the kids) off at Baptist churches where I felt very uncomfortable. Finally, they quit. Later, I as I was searching on my own, I found the Catholic church comfortable to attend alone and enjoyed the quietness for prayer even though I missed some of the music I had heard in the Baptist churches. I became a Catholic at 18 and my family would not acknowledge it and have raised my children Catholic.

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OMW - Non-denom is alot like Assembly of God churches.

Sola fide - by faith alone

Sola scriptura by Scripture alone

Solus Christus Christ alone

sometimes Solo Christo -by Christ alone

Sola gratia ("by grace alone")
Soli Deo gloria

You can also google non denominational church. Wikipedia gives a good history.

He was Methodist until the divorce, when my mom left him for the minister of our church.

My daddy did not give out candy for the trick-or-treaters, because the holiday is in his words,"celebrating satan". He does not decorate for xmas because that custom was originally "pagan", from the druid religions. Nothing toward St. Patrick's day, because that was Catholic- and he tells me they worship idols.

No dancing. Only gospel music. No drinking, no smoking, and most TV shows are not appropriate - all paths to hell.

It is very strictly scriptural, but he gave up talking to ME about that, because I will always point out the many inconsistencies in the scripture. Evolution is impossible, and a ploy of satan to claim god's followers.

Let's see - He believes that his way is the only way to live, and while he can't now force us to go to church, he interjects god/jesus/church/heaven/hell into nearly every conversation. And he lets us know that not only is he praying for us, but his church, phone prayer circle and now his online prayer circle prays for our salvation, since we are going to hell.

Sometimes I want my daddy back. Sometimes he's not in there, or the wall of that christianity is so high, there is no contacting my real daddy. The one who used to play the guitar, and get tickled when we danced silly for him.

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gg...do you remember vacation bible school??? i really hated that, but i had to go every summer. my boys went one time when they were little, but they didn't like it either, so didn't make them go again, but they loved church. i think maybe kids have more fun at those now, than before. i just don't have good memories of church as a child.

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I wasn't raised in the church.

I remember doing some time in sunday school at the salem evangelical church.

and later, I returned to that church, because I like the beliefs.

but I was never baptised.

my parents thought we should grow up and make our own choices.

my grandma was baptised a few years ago...she was afraid that if she died, she wouldn't go to heaven unless she was baptised...is it really that simple???

anyway, my daughter isn't baptised either.

it's not that I don't believe in christianity...it's just that it never became a part of my life...and it's hard to find the time to go on a regular basis.

I pray...and feel a connection to god...I don't feel I have to go to church to get that I guess.

Recently, I was attending a free methodist church...alot of singing and not much "learning"...and given the small congregation, lack of choir and such...even the singing stunk....but that's not really what's important, is it?

anyway, rambling.....

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non-denominational. It was actually Evangelical. spung off of the Baptist church in the late 1800s.

Now I play piano for a congregational church--they are very much into tradition.

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Roman Catholic - Orthodox

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OMW,

I used to go to bible study...or bible school as it was called. I attended at the Church of the Nazareen very close to my house.

Not because my parents made me though. It was more out of my own curiosity and our neighbor was the church pastor so my mother agreed to let me go.

Didn't last long.

February 15, 2007
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Lolli

My Gramma was raised Nazarene, and she told me her church handled snakes!

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on my way, No, I don't remember ever going to Vacation Bible School. I don't think my mom would have brought us. Just remember some Sunday dropoffs and that was enough...

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