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Do you ever miss the religious life?

Do you ever miss the religious life?

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difficult to miss something Ive never had.

marinero10 Level 2 Oct 23, 2017
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I miss the community of it and the vast support network sometimes.

LoriS Level 2 Oct 23, 2017
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Not the religion. When I was an always hungry teen, did love the monthly potluck. The women brought their best dishes, and I wanted to show appreciation. So, some of the community part, but have found other sources of community since.

Or-Humanist Level 2 Oct 23, 2017
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Sometimes. I was raised Mormon and the sense of community is really strong, losing it was a lonely experience. Also living in Iowa as I do I'm pretty much surrounded by the faithful so it's difficult to find a non-religious group of people to hang out with.

RandomGuy Level 2 Oct 22, 2017
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At one time I celebrated most of the Christian holidays, now I do not celebrate any of them. I have not attended any worship services for at least15 years (probably longer) and I do not miss them at all.

EverettWard Level 2 Oct 22, 2017
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I miss Holy days of Observance, all the rituals, celebrating the Saints, the mass, the incense, mystagogy, all of it. But I don't miss any of it.

Ash831 Level 3 Oct 22, 2017
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Sure. I miss the community aspect of it, and the music.

JackOsborne Level 2 Oct 21, 2017
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I don't miss religion at all.

What I do miss is hte sense o community and sense of belonging, which in my opinion is the real motivation for most people belonging to a religion.

Most people stay in religion, not because of strong beliefs, but because they fear losing their sense of community and belonging, and they also fer how others will view them if they leave.

snytiger6 Level 5 Oct 21, 2017
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never had it ,

RonaldJames Level 3 Oct 21, 2017
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Attending with the people I love. Feeling out of it at weddings and funerals etc

Serenabeenthere Level 2 Oct 20, 2017
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I look for fellowship, music and food elsewhere

Serenabeenthere Level 2 Oct 20, 2017
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Nope, not at all. I have more important things to fill my life with

VivieDX Level 3 Oct 19, 2017
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I honestly despised the church. I found people there to be far too self-involved. I'm something of a loner though so that probably contributes. I do not miss it. I do miss having a default community though. There are benefits to that.

rlyeh_fhtagn Level 3 Oct 19, 2017
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Not for a moment... grew up in it. No need to believe in a mythological creature to be happy... unless it's a unicorn..

JimReynolds Level 1 Oct 18, 2017
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I think this is one of the most provocative questions here.

I miss the simplicity of the religious reasoning ("God is all forgiving" etc. etc.) but realise that coming to terms with our own existence is a struggle and rightly so. I shall die happy knowing that I delved into every aspect of life (philosophy, religion, science etc.) in order to develop an informed and personal opinion. It's been hard, without a doubt, but it's a better result than BLIND faith.

zanyfish Level 3 Oct 17, 2017
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no

LeslieSanders Level 3 Oct 17, 2017
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I tried to embrace Buddha because its about self but it didn't ring true.

freethinker09 Level 4 Oct 17, 2017
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Not in the slightest....

waterwolfie Level 3 Oct 17, 2017
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This is an interesting and consequential question as, I firmly believe that many who would not claim to be agnostic or atheist, are resistant because of the fear of losing the rituals and community that religion provides. So, they go through the motions and avoid the self-reflection that one must go through to reach this epiphany.I still sang in the church choir, long after I stopped attending mass, and no one seemed to mind much.

zoltique Level 1 Oct 16, 2017
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Well, that question evokes a mixed bag of answers for me. My father was a minister for 30 years, so I grew up with church being the center of my life. I'm not sure that I was ever really completely sold on the idea of God..I know I'd certainly given up on it by the time I was in high school...but I do sometimes miss the belonging and the traditions, the church culture in general and the rhythm of the year based on bible school and christmas plays, etc. I have a certain childhood nostalgia for it all at times.

But the other part of me...the closeted little bisexual son of a preacher who wasted many adult years coming to terms with toxic shame and isolation and rejection from my family and community...doesn't miss it at all. All the Hallmark sentiments aside, I would never choose to go back to the homophobia, misogyny and racism that I grew up in. I don't mean to be cliche, but it's complicated. LOL On the one hand, I feel as though church culture was toxic for me. On the other hand, I have warm, cherished childhood memories that aren't easily separated from the church and religion that dictated our lives back then.

roberbro Level 5 Oct 16, 2017
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No even as young child child I was ask for various forms of proof for the claims religion made...often it was just plattitueds at other ties it was veil threats that how I dre ask the mind of god..Well if nt mine who;s job is it question it...no I don't miss close minded ppl at all

AlanHotchy Level 2 Oct 16, 2017
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No. I find religion to be like doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different outcome. It just does not happen!

BobHKniola Level 3 Oct 16, 2017
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"Never"- one word! I do not want to be cloistered in a web of stupidity. Although truth will very often take one out of their comfort zone- that is a better choice than being in La-la-land.

Diogenes Level 3 Oct 16, 2017
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What's to miss? The only thing possible is the people you are around. I do not miss being around religious people.

Optimistic Level 2 Oct 16, 2017
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Never

Optimistic Level 2 Oct 16, 2017
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