Have you ever felt like your religion was inadequate? As if the values you were taught and the views you held dear somehow fell short? If so, you’re not alone. From damaged assurances to brutal truths, these 15 things have left numerous people feeling disillusioned and spiritually bankrupt.
“They received over 1 mil in donations every week and spent it on elaborate props, rather than helping the community,” One online user said.
“My husband, who went to school for music production, said the soundboards they had were minimum of $1mil each and they had like 7 of them.”
“The first thing I saw upon entering was a life-size bronze statue of the pastor.”
“There’s a megachurch in Florida that has a Starbucks in it.”
“2 bands, a stage, not an altar. They had a commercial break for expo erasable markers in the middle of it.”
Lack of Gratitude
“When I was 6, the pastor gave a letter to my mom saying that we were not donating enough money to the church.”
Another user had a similar experience: “The church wrote a letter saying they knew how much money he was making and that he should be giving more to the church.”
“When I was in middle school, a pastor created this chart showing what everyone should be donating each week/month based on your household’s income. I stopped going after and my parents largely have, too, that was a real blow to them to see something so asinine.”
“Only God has the right to judge, yet religious people are the most judgemental people you can meet.”
“Also, if you’ve ever been to a church, they all gossip about each other.”
“My mom was a church organist/choir director for a long time, and I got to know many of the members. Some of the fakest people I’ve ever met.”
“Being told that being SA was good as God needed to teach me a lesson. I was seven.”
“When my SIL got her Masters in counseling, one of her professors said that many predators ‘hide behind’ the facade of Big Church Guy. He said they will purposely seek out a board position or similar so that people won’t question his actions.”
“The non-answers to all my questions as a kid. ‘You just have to have faith’ is a dumb way to respond to an inquisitive mind.”
We Don’t Ask Questions Like That
“When I was a kid, I asked my grandmother where God came from, and she smacked me across the face and said, ‘We don’t ask questions like that’. I was just being curious, and her reaction shocked me.”
“In school, we learned about the Greek gods, and I was like, wait, hold on, there are other gods??
“It was explained that ‘oh no, it was a long time ago, and they just didn’t understand how the world worked, so they made those gods up as explanations’. That led to a lot of questions about how we know God is real then.”
“Some people believe that being religious makes them better than non-religious. When I left the church, I was persona non grata. None of the members will even look at me now.”
“There is this Christian radio my parents listened to, and when the hosts were talking about some gathering, they referred to non-believers as ‘icky people.’”
“Religious leaders ruined religion for me.”
“I never met a single priest who could tell me about heaven, but they all knew every square inch of hell. They should. They built it.”
“When the pastor started ranting about the evils of women, saying that Satan walks among us in the body of every female, and men must take measures against them. I don’t think everyone in the faith is like that, but it was the one moment that ruined religion for me. Especially seeing his wife react to the sermon with such support of the message. It was one of those defining moments in my life, a very negative one.”
“It became evident that many people who call themselves religious only do so to feel morally superior to others, and then use that superiority to try to control everything.”
“Seeing how people use religion as an excuse to be bad people.”
Lack of Empathy
“I was 15. My father had been diagnosed with ALS. I had gone to a youth group, and they had a circle of teenagers talking about things going on in their lives. When it was my turn, I shared that my father was dying. I was angry and said something like I doubted there was a God if this was happening. I got chewed out for questioning God, and the kids refused to talk to me the rest of the night. You would think I had killed someone. It was THAT strong of a reaction.”
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