No. I am open to the idea of a god of sorts existing but the church has left me jaded. I thought I was experiencing things that confirmed a testimony of the church's truthfulness but the good feelings came for things that objectively weren't true.
Once I applied critical thinking to Mormonism I found that none of the claims stood up. Then I applied it to Christianity and eventually all religion. I consider myself an agnostic/atheist. I live my life as if there is no god but I don’t claim to know for sure.
I still hold to the christian and/or mormon principles I learned throughout my upbringing as a mormon. I believe in the principles of love and kindness and all the other things I learned in boy scouts, but I don't think the mormon church or the christian faith has a monopoly on these. Moving from the certainty of mormonism into uncertainty has been a challenge, and I by no means have replaced the tightly defined plan of salvation with something as easily defined and diagramed. There is real wonder and mystery to our spirituality. I work to believe in some higher power that rules the universe in some way. I hope that power is benevolent and that I continue to exist in some fashion after this life, but I'm not certain about any of it and to me, being ok with that mystery is a beautiful part of being human.
I see organized religion to be similar to Dumbo's feather. It is something that helps us to fly, in fact many believe in the power of the feather to make us fly. It is useful because it's much easier to learn to fly while believing in some external power granting us abilities beyond our own, but in reality it's not needed and that power is within each of us. Some of us who use and benefit from it in our life can at some point get to the point where the feather is no longer needed. There is real learning and progression while believing in the power of the feather, but by some crisis or realization or enlightenment, we realize the feather was just a prop to believe in so we could eventually believe in our own self. Then we can release the feather with all integrity and truly fly.
After going through a faith crisis, I didn’t know what I believed in. I didn’t even know if I believed in God anymore, but I so desperately wanted to continue to believe in Jesus. One day, the pastor of the nondenominational church I attend, shared the story of Peters doubt in Jesus during a storm. I grew up hearing phrases like “doubt your doubts”, but here he was telling me even Peter doubted Jesus at times. You mean it’s ok to doubt? The pastor told us to “Go to Jesus, and give him a chance to tell your storm to shut up”. This faith crisis is my storm.
No. I believe Jesus lived and that there is a God but I don't know the disposition of God anymore nor his influence on humanity.
Jesus was a rebel who would have been excommunicated from any modern Christian Church.
No. I am Atheist, with "Possibilian" in mind (Google it)
Not in the same way you would think. I'm willing to give space that Jesus of Nazareth may have physically lived on the Earth, even though the evidence shows otherwise. But I can't seem to make the leap that he is divine. But if he did exist, I can see to some extent the value of his parables and doctrines, and I can see the value in emulating his life. However, I find myself more secular than religious now. I've really embraced a secular form of Buddhism, and have found meditation and mindful living more valuable than worrying about sin or judgement.
Yes, I love the power of the biblical metaphors and choose to have faith in things like grace and redeeming love but am learning to separate that from the centuries of colonizing empire that molded the christian story and culture. While I consider myself christian, I also draw strength from diverse traditions and world religions.
No. My investigation lead me to a worldview that doesn't include supernatural belief.
Nope. Atheist. Religions are leftovers from humanity's infancy. Myths, nothing more.