"No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite."
-Nelson Mandela (1918-2013)
I had a question, but I will keep the username to myself. How can I explain my relatives and friends that I have decided to leave catholicism and become a deist? Give me some good arguments please!
I come from a small community in the bible belt, and my wife is Christian. My wife knows I am a Deist, but I can’t be to radical in my real life. I let things pass, and I give generic answers when I can. Most know I don’t go to church, but surely I most still be Christian. I am fine with that, so I might not be able to give you great advice on telling people. Here would be my advice.
If your parents are supporting you, then don’t do rock the boat.
If you decide to tell them don’t do it during a major holiday, or family gathering.
Don’t attack their religion. You don’t want them attacking yours.
I recommend reading about all religions. Before calling myself a Deist, I called myself a Taoist.
Find the similarities and focus on them not the differences.
I hope you find peace in your life.
will leave you with one of my favorite quotes.
Question with boldness even the existence of God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason than that of blindfolded fear. ― Thomas Jefferson
Raise your words, not voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder. ― Rumi
I will answer questions privately if you request.
theycallmescruphy asked: When did you find out you're a Deist?
I tried to be a Scientific Christian for a long time. Believing that God created the rules of the universe, and later gave us his son. It never quite worked for me, but I tired.
After awhile, I settled into a Taoist mindset. It was about five years ago when I discovered some of the founding fathers were Deist. I started reading, and I finally was able to put a name to it.
About six months, after that I was diagnosed with cancer. I thought that would being be back towards Christianity. While I appreciated the prayers, I didn’t fall back to Christianity.
I try to be respectful of other religions when I can. We all have to live on this earth together.
Reflect what you desire,
Become what you respect,
Mirror what you admire.
For us, the world was full of beauty; for the other, it was a place to be endured until he went to another world. - Standing Bear