But that wasn’t the only reason I wasn’t able to be myself. As anyone who has grown up in a church is bound to recognize, they aren’t exactly too keen on any ideas that aren’t backed by the Bible. It’s also not the most accepting of ideas that criticize God, Jesus, the people in the Bible or really anything about the church. There’s very much a “this is the way things are” mentality. As someone who likes to analyze what I see and hear, this was very challenging for me. For the most…
J. M. Cools
Though I was not raised in an evangelical religion, the mentality you describe was none-the-less very similar in the religion I was raised in. I recently wrote about some of my experiences within the Mormon faith and my exit from it. As I put it in that article:
Above all else, what I learned growing up in a conservative religion convinced of its truth is that absolutism and literalism should be treated as bright red flags signalling that beneath the banner there’s a belief system that is not concerned with truth so much as it is with obedience. Institutions that proclaim their books or manifestos possess all or most of what we need to know, and insist that their leaders can do our thinking for us, are ultimately interested in power and conformity, not freedom and diversity.
Thanks for sharing your story.