Since you asked, Yes I’m Gone, Here’s Why

I really can no longer even pretend to follow a belief where I find so many more questions than plausible explanations

Bible belt, Christainity,
Church bells resounded throughout the town during my childhood years

I was asked by several Christians, and even some Hindus, in the US and India why I left Christianity. Christians want specifics, I hope this will help explain.

I started life in a small country town, where church bells rang on Sunday mornings and  stores were closed on Sunday by matter of law, not custom, (although laws can arise from customs).

Since just about everyone in that small town went to church each Sunday, it never occurred to me that there was a choice in the matter. It was just what people did. Period. Monday thru Friday people went to work or school. Then on Sunday they went to church. I never analyzed it as just the way of life in The Bible Belt, but then, I was 5 years old.

Fast forward several years, I was starting to wonder about things I had heard in church, things which society enforced, or at least historically embraced because, well, it was in the Bible so it was “God’s will.”  Incidentally, these doubts weren’t just in church, but also school. Each morning for my first 9 years of schooling we said a prayer, and in some cases Bible verses, before our academic day began. Some days we would actually discuss a story or two from the Bible prior to classes. In the ninth grade it was a Catholic school which only intensified matters.

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Hindus Proselytize….but Maybe Not Enough

One of the main lessons I have learned about Hinduism is that  proselytizing is a charged word. The Hindu mindset is not to do it, even though it has and is being done to us, sometimes, even by means of chicanery and deceit.  Like many other concepts though, the act itself is neither good or bad, but all in the application.

It is safe to say that  the early Hindu missionaries to the West  were evangelist as well as a proselytizers. At this point I should stipulate that the difference between the two is purely one of perspective. Christians describe their conversion efforts as evangelism.  However in a reverse situation, Christians call the messengers proselytizers. I prefer to say that these beautiful souls and others evangelized The West.

Not too long ago I encountered some Americans in the Eastern section of the New Age book store and we began chatting. I asked if they were Hindu, and one responded with “I am not in a religion but I am spiritual.”  He spoke about his meditation practice and how it made him more calm.  His friend told me how she is trying to get him into yoga. I helped her a bit by saying how I enjoy it and scores of other men. Continue reading “Hindus Proselytize….but Maybe Not Enough”