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Welcome to the positive religious stories thread!

This is a place where religious people from all faiths can share their positive religious experiences.


  • Were you non religious but discovered religion recently?
  • Did you switch from one religion to another?
  • How has your religion helped make you the person you are today?
  • What's the best part about your religion?
  • How has your journey through religion brought you peace and the answers you were looking for?



If you would like to share your answers I'd love to hear what you have to say and to spread some positive vibes about all the great religions around the world Image


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(Original post by Ninja Squirrel)

Welcome to the positive religious stories thread!

This is a place where religious people from all faiths can share their positive religious experiences.



  • Were you non religious but discovered religion recently?
  • Did you switch from one religion to another?
  • How has your religion helped make you the person you are today?
  • What's the best part about your religion?
  • How has your journey through religion brought you peace and the answers you were looking for?




If you would like to share your answers I'd love to hear what you have to say and to spread some positive vibes about all the great religions around the world Image


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Ooh hello shiny thread of awesomeness :ahee:

- No, brought up Christian, enjoyed my upbringing but have become less religious over time.
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- Probably has helped widen my outlook on stuff I guess. Maybe my positive attitude came from there idrk haha xD
- Uh the stories, the churches and the people I've met through church! Sunday school was amazing :lol: and they ran a non-religious youth club at the lodge next to the Church which was so much fun.
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- Um it hasn't to be honest and that is why I am no longer that religious :lol:
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Paganism is amazing. so natural and based on what you naturally feel not what others tell you to think.
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Ooh hello shiny thread of awesomeness :ahee:

- No, brought up Christian, enjoyed my upbringing but have become less religious over time.
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- Probably has helped widen my outlook on stuff I guess. Maybe my positive attitude came from there idrk haha xD
- Uh the stories, the churches and the people I've met through church! Sunday school was amazing :lol: and they ran a non-religious youth club at the lodge next to the Church which was so much fun.
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- Um it hasn't to be honest and that is why I am no longer that religious :lol:

I remember when I was a kid and was in scouts we used to go to church on a Sunday and after singing a few hymns we used to just play games like table tennis and eat snacks. I've always liked that about church, even though I'm not and wasn't religious I always felt comfortable there because it's such a relaxed environment where you can go to worship or socialise.

I remember the priest telling us that it didn't matter if we were not religious we were welcome to attend just for the games and snacks if we wanted
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I remember when I was a kid and was in scouts we used to go to church on a Sunday and after singing a few hymns we used to just play games like table tennis and eat snacks. I've always liked that about church, even though I'm not and wasn't religious I always felt comfortable there because it's such a relaxed environment where you can go to worship or socialise.

I remember the priest telling us that it didn't matter if we were not religious we were welcome to attend just for the games and snacks if we wanted
Exactly! Yeah we had a tiny old tabletennis table that we'd get out sometimes and once I had a game with the Reverend :giggle:
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(Original post by Ninja Squirrel)

Welcome to the positive religious stories thread!

This is a place where religious people from all faiths can share their positive religious experiences.



  • Were you non religious but discovered religion recently?
  • Did you switch from one religion to another?
  • How has your religion helped make you the person you are today?
  • What's the best part about your religion?
  • How has your journey through religion brought you peace and the answers you were looking for?




If you would like to share your answers I'd love to hear what you have to say and to spread some positive vibes about all the great religions around the world Image


Please remember the Community Rules when posting.
Does it count when a religious person has helped in a very difficult life situation to come back to the right path? I thanked this person a lot, although I don't believe in a god-like existence.
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Welcome to the positive religious stories thread!

This is a place where religious people from all faiths can share their positive religious experiences.


:hi:

Awwww, nice idea for a thread :love: :yay:

OK, so resident badly-behaved cafeteria Roman Catholic here :jebus:
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How has your religion helped make you the person you are today?
[*]My faith has forced me to be a much better person than I would have been otherwise. Without my faith, I wouldn't give to charity/homeless people on the street, I would be far more judgemental and ruder, and a lot of people would have been dead a long time ago due to me murdering them :eek: My belief in Jesus and my desire to emulate Him and His disciples makes me lead my life a very different way.[*]I also draw tremendous strength from my faith and it has helped me to keep going and to stay alive through very tough times :yes:[*]
What's the best part about your religion?
[*]The figurehead of/example set by Jesus Christ. Catholicism specifically: daily Eucharist (if one wants it!), veneration of Mary and intercession of the saints :gah:[*]
How has your journey through religion brought you peace and the answers you were looking for?
In all honesty, being an introspective Catholic throws up far more questions than answers. So I wouldn't say I'm completely at peace within my faith. But the journey so far, though fraught due to severe ill health, has mostly been a positive one and I feel God is slowly answering various questions, in His own good time (which is very frustrating, coz I want all the answers now ) :yep:

A little positive story from my faith journey that I'd like to share. Spoilered, for talk of suicide/psychosis:

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So on Friday 30th September 2016, I decided that I would take my own life that day. Unlike previous suicide attempts, I was very calm and at peace with the thought of dying and did not let on to anyone what I was planning or how I was feeling.

I was on campus at the time and I knew they had Catholic Mass at Friday lunchtime. So I decided to go to that for the first (and last) time, so that I could receive the Eucharist (transfigured bread/Body of Christ) before I died.

So I went to Mass and something changed within me during that. I realised that I did not want to die, nor did I have to do what my psychotic voices were saying. So I decided not to kill myself, and am still alive to tell the tale nearly one year on! The power of Mass! :jebus:
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Does it count when a religious person has helped in a very difficult life situation to come back to the right path? I thanked this person a lot, although I don't believe in a god-like existence.
It doesn't really matter if they're religious or not but I'm glad they managed to help you get back on track
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:hi:

Awwww, nice idea for a thread :love: :yay:

OK, so resident badly-behaved cafeteria Roman Catholic here :jebus:
[*][*]My faith has forced me to be a much better person than I would have been otherwise. Without my faith, I wouldn't give to charity/homeless people on the street, I would be far more judgemental and ruder, and a lot of people would have been dead a long time ago due to me murdering them :eek: My belief in Jesus and my desire to emulate Him and His disciples makes me lead my life a very different way.[*]I also draw tremendous strength from my faith and it has helped me to keep going and to stay alive through very tough times :yes:[*][*]The figurehead of/example set by Jesus Christ. Catholicism specifically: daily Eucharist (if one wants it!), veneration of Mary and intercession of the saints :gah:[*]

In all honesty, being an introspective Catholic throws up far more questions than answers. So I wouldn't say I'm completely at peace within my faith. But the journey so far, though fraught due to severe ill health, has mostly been a positive one and I feel God is slowly answering various questions, in His own good time (which is very frustrating, coz I want all the answers now ) :yep:

A little positive story from my faith journey that I'd like to share. Spoilered, for talk of suicide/psychosis:

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So on Friday 30th September 2016, I decided that I would take my own life that day. Unlike previous suicide attempts, I was very calm and at peace with the thought of dying and did not let on to anyone what I was planning or how I was feeling.

I was on campus at the time and I knew they had Catholic Mass at Friday lunchtime. So I decided to go to that for the first (and last) time, so that I could receive the Eucharist (transfigured bread/Body of Christ) before I died.

So I went to Mass and something changed within me during that. I realised that I did not want to die, nor did I have to do what my psychotic voices were saying. So I decided not to kill myself, and am still alive to tell the tale nearly one year on! The power of Mass! :jebus:

Thanks for sharing

I'm so glad to hear your religion helped you overcome your mental health issues and negative thoughts :jumphug: having positive people around you and your spiritual faith literally saved your life.

Will you attend the mass again at some point?
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Thanks for sharing

I'm so glad to hear your religion helped you overcome your mental health issues and negative thoughts :jumphug: having positive people around you and your spiritual faith literally saved your life.

Will you attend the mass again at some point?
Yeah I mean, I still have mental health issues and that will never change. But my faith keeps me strong and keeps me going, and believing that things can get better! And things are so much better than they used to be

I've now got a part-time job meaning I'm at work on Fridays, so can't go to uni. In any case, I have quite a complex relationship with going to Mass. It's something that I feel compelled to do sometimes, but churches and religious buildings are a trigger for my psychosis. So sometimes the only time I set foot in a church is for Midnight Mass on Christmas Day

I've never been one for going to church every week but I'm hoping one day to get to a point where, if I want to, I can go into a church without being afraid

Having really kind faith leaders (not necessarily Catholic - have had some amazing help from Anglican priests) has really helped, yeah! Positive people who are kind and understand and patient with me as I wail about the same spiritual conflicts over and over again has been very helpful

Thanks for reading my post
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It doesn't really matter if they're religious or not but I'm glad they managed to help you get back on track
So I count this as my personal religious experience. And I intend to live in a monastery temporarily to understand the everyday life and the faith of religious people. When time has come, I do.
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