Many of your bios reflect my so-called religious back ground. I lived in a smaller town that supported over 20 churches. My parents mandated I was baptized as an infant, attend Sunday’s school, confirmation classes, get confirmed by the time I began high school. My parents watched from a far. My commitment to church as a child was an hour daycare center with arts and crafts. There was no true meaning given I just stopped going. By the time I graduated High school I got the letter to seal the deal. I am no longer a active participating part of congregation since you are not paying 10% of earning. I then lost my father and grand father shortly thereafter. Any remaining interest dissipated. The Bible was a book of dictated stories that admonished all those that do not accept the calling. I received more spiritual relevance from crystals I found and running down country lanes. I discovered that sitting down fore a sermon had no true meaning for me. I e were oils rather pick up a book or listen to music.
I'm sure I was baptized more than once. My Evangelical parents said their bibble claimed you had to re-do your first works if you drifted away from the church. Right now my daughters are scared crapless and are getting into religion and baptism again. Maybe their first time didn't take.
Yeah....I can relate. My pentacostal baptism at age 8 seems to have worn out. Maybe my parents' low income tithes were only enough for the discount version. 25 years ago I had a sidewalk evangelist try to tell me that I would come back to God, because ....drumroll....once a name is written in the book of life, it is IN there. God apparently has not heard of an eraser.
I'm an apparent rarity, a lifelong atheist. The vast majority of freethinkers I've met don't start out that way; they come from some kind of religious tradition/nuttiness. There must be a poll of members on that around here, somewhere. This is a great site but it's very hard to find past topics.