What are some things that made you question your faith (if you ever had faith) and what was the straw that broke the camel's back that made you realize religion wasn't for you?
i didn't really have what a christian would call faith. i accepted that there was a personal god but didn't actually think he wanted anything from me. he was just a witness (i was an abused child). i was raised in a secular jewish family and at the age of 15 i examined everything i held to be true and some stuff withstood the test and other stuff didn't. god didn't. it was a bit sad but not traumatic. i'm still jewish, albeit totally atheistic. if i'd been christian i think the break would've been quite different.
For quite some time, I questioned the validity of religion and the beliefs that go along with it. Then I met someone who explained all the abuse received as a child. Said victim could not believe that some all-powerful entity could allow such abuse to ever happen. And I wholeheartedly agreed.
The confessional made me question my faith. And my daughter , coming to me at 12 years old to tell me she didn't believe in the oaths she had to take to get Confirmation and wasn't going to go to the preparation classes anymore, made me realize she was absolutely right and religion was bullshit.
Christianity lost me when they kept claiming that the Bible was all true, an obvious dishonesty, I wasn't even in high school yet, but I had to go to Church every time the doors opened until I graduated from High School.
I kept thinking that there must be something to gnosis or enlightenment and in my mind God evolved into something within our minds that could give us unlimited Jedi powers. I mean I seriously wanted to become an actual child of God. I studied mysticism from the Gnostics, and read Sufi poetry. I studied the Veda and the history of Buddha. I never bought into full on New Age "vibration", "consciousness", "alien" or "crystal" groups, those require a level of gullibility even I couldn't achieve. Sometimes circumstances would conspire to reinforce these opinions. For example in the Bible it says "Seek and you shall find." which seems to be the closest thing to truth in the book. If you think there's aliens, or the earth is flat, or that reincarnation is real if you seek proof you'll find things that you'll allow to pass as evidence for whatever you're looking for. I've since learned that it's called confirmation bias.
Sometimes when you go on a pilgrimage for several decades you'll learn that the destination never existed and in the end you'll end up where you began only gaining the knowledge that the path you just took leads nowhere.