I am a person long familiar with being coerced into Christianity.
I remember the attempts of wandering groups of Christians in the Navy to gang save me.
After all my friends fell for it I decided to play along, just to keep hanging with them.
Ultimately I learned every argument, and studied the Bible deeply and realized you pretty much make anything in there sound like anything you want it to sound like.
The net effect changed everyone's personalities and in my estimation nothing sums up the attitude like how many times they quote
He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad.
I prefer it at it's printed in
for whoever is not against us is for us. 41 Truly I tell you, anyone who gives you a cup of water in my name because you belong to the Messiah will certainly not lose their reward.
Fundamentalist don't even know this verse exist. So if you're a bit different or culturally isolated, or just a bit weird or educated enough to see through all the cultural BS and you still leave me alone to live my harmless life then thank you, it's all I asked for.
However Christianity is a bunch of terrible philosophy designed to evolve into cults. We see full grown people offended on TV because they've self identified as prophets, which is a considerably bigger stretch than self identifying as a gender people didn't assume you'd identify with. So trans-gender people are the one's that aren't facing reality where famous people get rich telling us that God shares secrets with them, "God told me!" is less credible then the nursery rime about the cow jumping over the moon. So the next time your God gets around to telling you something stupid remind his senile old ass to tell everyone else otherwise it's a comedy bit that begs for us to hurt your stupid feelings if you don't stop trying to con and dominate us.
More and more of us aren't ever going to buy into it again.
This is my theme song for ex Christians sick of it all and walking away.
Christianity is not some sort of 'spiritual' belief. It is about gaining power and being at the top of the pecking order. In an age of shrinking resources and increasing competition some groups are doing and saying whatever they can to undermine other tribes - non tribal members, women and children. Only those at the top will get what they need to live.
Religion in the military, yuck. I had a Navy Chief who "couldn't bring himself to join us for a beer in the Philippines because his Jesus voice said no." Other than that, my friends all smoked a lot of weed. Drugs were popular. The religious guys un my division didn't say much - and few practiced.