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    choosing life posted Sat, 17 Feb 2007 05:50:00 GMT(2/17/2007)

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    I know a lot of posters are not religious and others feel no need to attend a church. But, for those that do attend somewhere, I was curious as to what type of church they chose after leaving the jws and what attracted them to that particular church or religion? If you were not raised as a jw, did you return to the church you were raised in?

    M bigwilly posted Sat, 17 Feb 2007 05:54:00 GMT(2/17/2007)

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    During the warm weather I attend the church of vtwins and asphalt :D

    F Madame Quixote posted Sat, 17 Feb 2007 06:08:00 GMT(2/17/2007)

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    Most recently, the Church Of Toast, where I became the self-proclaimed God. There's a thread on it buried somewhere here..

    FreeChick posted Sat, 17 Feb 2007 06:13:00 GMT(2/17/2007)

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    Church of the Great Outdoors for me...usually meets at the beach

    M Abandoned posted Sat, 17 Feb 2007 06:15:00 GMT(2/17/2007)

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    I've been doing a lot of studying lately in Meism.

    M Amazing posted Sat, 17 Feb 2007 06:17:00 GMT(2/17/2007)

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    Choosing,

    I was raised Roman Catholic. I left Catholicism to be a JW for a total association time of 27-years (25-years as a baptized JW). When I left the JWs, I associated with all types of Christians, starting with Baptists, then Asembly of God (pentecostal type), then Presbyterian, Christian Reform, then Baptist again, with a visit to some non-denominational Churches and a Methodist Church. I was NOT searching for some kind of true Church, but rather, I wanted to taste the varieties an learn all that I could. Some I attended by invitation, including Mormon (with no intention on joining the Mormons as they are too wacky for me.)

    Eventually, I stopped attending any type of Church, but reatined my faith in Christ ... though I also flirted with agnosticism, or a varient called Christian agnosticism. This was not due to any searching, but rather, in accord with serious issues I cold not resolve regarding God and his purposes. During this period, which lasted several years, I prayed, but did not read the Bible (except for quoting verses in discussion boards) and I simply faded from any Church affiliation.

    About 2-years ago, Icommenced a serious study of early Christianity, wherein I read every early Church Father from the late 1st century up to about the late 3rd century. It was a massive undertaking, considering that I am also working full time, and in university full time. In the process, I fell upon many things which connected me with my Catholic roots, the Trinity and the person of the Holy Spirit. With this, I discovered an indepth understanding of the history and teachings of the Eastern Orthodox, which is a cousin of Catholicism, but holds to a doctrinal position that embraces my Catholic roots, my Protestant leanings, and my sense of what emerged out of the historical Church. That process eventually led to my reconciliation with the Catholic Church. I do not agree with Rome 100%, and I do not feel that every Christian has to be Catholic, plus I am out of the preaching business. Not all in the body of Christ are evangelizers, for God gives different gifts in the faith ... and preaching is not my gift.

    In rediscovering Catholicism, I came to realize just how much the Watchtower Society had misinformed, blurred, and twisted Catholic teaching and practice. Mostly, what drew me back home, so to speak, is the love and peace I find among Catholic Christians ... it is a place and a foundation of profound thinking and historical roots to early Christianity that has re-anchored me in Roman harbors. I do share my faith and my peace ... but in the most moderate an unimposing ways. I no longer view the Bible as the law-book of the Christian faith, because I now accept the traditions that were handed down orally from the Apostles to the disciples who formed the beginnings of the early Churches ... and who continued that tradition through out history. In saying this, in no way do I dismiss or play down the errors made by the Catholic Church ... but I am satisfied she has learned from her mistakes ... and that the generation of Catholics that exist today are good, kind, loving, and moderate people (barring the comparatively few bad eggs that she and any Church body will have.)

    In the Catholic Church, I can live freely and be intellectually honest, with the Church, with fellow Catholics, with Orthodox, and Protestants, with myself, and most of all, with God. So, it is a safe and good place for me now ... and I trust for the rest of my life.

    Jim Whitney

    M jaguarbass posted Sat, 17 Feb 2007 06:30:00 GMT(2/17/2007)

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    Agnostic

    M RichieRich posted Sat, 17 Feb 2007 06:33:00 GMT(2/17/2007)

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    Atheist.

    god free is the way to be.

    Tahoe posted Sat, 17 Feb 2007 06:51:00 GMT(2/17/2007)

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    Unplugged.

    Jeepthing posted Sat, 17 Feb 2007 06:53:00 GMT(2/17/2007)

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    Disaffiliated christian but willing to attend certain churches for sake of socialization and to feel a part of community. Jw ruined me forever for any kind of organized religion. Tried few different ones but couldn't bring myself to listen to their teachings. But I am missing a feeling of belonging. Do you think it is better to belong to dysfunctional community than being all alone out there? One thing nice about being jw was that you have a sense of belonging even though it was only in superficial in most cases. But some were sincere. Well, only in jw terms. Sorry, if I am redirecting the topic. Just frustated with some of jw friend, who is still trying to convert me back to jw. She won't turn me in like a good little jw but constantly trying to change me back to jw.

    Hi, choosing life----you know who I am talking about. She just won't let up. Makes me wonder about our friendship. I have been doing some serious thinking about our friendship. Spent all evening debating about society's teachings and I am still wrong and need to come back. This has been going too long. At least 4 years. Is it worth keep doing? When is time to let go?

    F Merry Magdalene posted Sat, 17 Feb 2007 07:37:00 GMT(2/17/2007)

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    Hi there~

    Maybe you can guess...

    But there's no masjid (mosque) anywhere near where I live so I don't attend congregational prayer and don't really know what it is like yet to be part of a Muslim community (except for online).

    I talk a little bit about how and why and such on MySpace.

    I've been a Muslim (one who submits to Allah) for a little over 6 months. Before that I considered myself a Christian and attended a nearby Presbyterian church. Very nice folks! Before that I was a solitary eclectic Witch. Before that I was a 4th generation JW. I like to learn and grow...

    ~Merry

    M oldflame posted Sat, 17 Feb 2007 07:53:00 GMT(2/17/2007)

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    No religion here, just faith. Faith in Christ and thats all I need. Religions burned me out and now I feel free with just the hope of Christ return.

    F R.A.W. posted Sat, 17 Feb 2007 08:02:00 GMT(2/17/2007)

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    Acts 17:24,25 God...does not dwell in handmade temples, neither is he attended to by human hands as if he needed anything 1 Cor 3:16 Do you not know that you people are God's temple, and that the spirit of God dwells in you? Matt 18:20 For where there are two or three gathered together in my name, there I am in your midst. Religion is manmade. It does not come from God. Men are the leaders in religion. Jesus is the leader or head for real christians. It is all about following Jesus. We need association with other christians. But remember, before you decide to go to a church, think about how it was being a witness. The people made you feel welcome, at least for a while, they made you feel safe and loved, with some faults, but they were human after all. If you go to another church, it will be the same. Don't get tricked into thinking that it's all good. If it's just association with people who believe in Jesus, church will fill that need. If it's true worship, people who produce good fruit, holy spirit directed worship, and honest hearts you want, that can only be found in Jesus and his church. Can you think of any church or religion that Jesus is the head? I can't. Read the scriptures I posted again. Where is Jesus? I suggest meeting with people who can encourage you in Christ. I go to a house on Sunday nights. No doctrine, though they personally do believe in the trinity but it is not taught. We have a meal, communion, worship, sometimes songs, open prayer, and open study of the bible. Everything you could want. Can you find that?

    choosing life posted Sat, 17 Feb 2007 08:02:00 GMT(2/17/2007)

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    Jeepthing

    Did you get my message?

    choosing life posted Sat, 17 Feb 2007 08:23:00 GMT(2/17/2007)

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    R.A.W.

    Good to hear from you. I know that the early Christians met in private homes and I can see the benefit in this. But how do you decide what the Bible actually teaches? Is there someone who takes the lead? What if you see things differently? Is that accepted? How are your meetings doing? I know that I will never take another religion's opinions on the Bible as the truth again. The truth is in the Bible and I understand that Jesus is the word of God or a living example of what God is truly like. I have not thrown away my relationship with God because of the jws. I have had a relationship with him for as long as my memory goes back as a child. But as you know, things are more complicated at present. I hope you and your family are doing well. Keep in touch. I like to read your posts and you know how to reach me.

    Choosing Life

    choosing life posted Sat, 17 Feb 2007 08:33:00 GMT(2/17/2007)

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    Awesome

    I work at a Catholic institution. So I deal a lot with nuns and priests. Some are truly great people and a few I would not trust at all. I am sure this is true of all religions. It sounds, though, like you returned to the church of your youth. I am glad you find it fullfilling and I thank you for answering the questions honestly.

    I attended a Catholic church off and on as a child. My mother could not decide which religion she liked the best. The thing I liked about Catholic mass was mostly the reverence and ceremony. I can't say I understand a lot of the religion as I never really studied it.

    choosing life posted Sat, 17 Feb 2007 08:37:00 GMT(2/17/2007)

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    Merry,

    You have really been into many different religions. I don't know much about being a Muslim. I have a Koran, but have never really read it. What led you in that direction?

    M Qcmbr posted Sat, 17 Feb 2007 08:50:00 GMT(2/17/2007)

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    LDS but never JW

    M moggy lover posted Sat, 17 Feb 2007 09:37:00 GMT(2/17/2007)

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    Baptist

    M Junction-Guy posted Sat, 17 Feb 2007 12:39:00 GMT(2/17/2007)

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    Freewill Baptist, but dont go as often as I would like due to the distance. I like FWB churches becuase they arent very formal, and they arent rehearsed or coached like the JW's and also alot of churches.

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