There is no God.
There is no heaven and no hell.
Religion is an invention which cannot deliver it's promises and is therefore built on lies.
Religious authority controls through a cycle of fearing pain and death, followed by sorrow and forgiveness - classic abuse syndrome.
Truth sets you free. Believe in yourself and do not place faith in a fantastical story and wishful thinking.
Hi ! Hope you're doing good, I completely understand and here's what I have to say: Sorry about your dad, noone deserves to be treated like that , I completely get it but one thing I've learned is that although people who are high up in certain institutions are high up and seem to have authority, they aren't God. If you really want to know him, you've got to find him and not focus on the people who have been a awful representation of him.As hard as this is to hear sometimes God has given us the tools to do things but we don't know or can't see it , he's not just sitting around doing nothing. It's like sometimes we ask for courage , but we're given a situation where we can be courageous instead.Let me know what you think,Lilafrubexoxo
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Im at a point where its really difficult to get a neutral opinion because most of my peers and surrounding adults attend the same church which tends to throw a blind eye to these issues so I thought maybe the Student Room could be a good start
Sure. I've heard good reports of kooth.com - not specifically relating to religious dilemmas, but maybe it might help get your head round what is the real problem here? For example, are there ways you can deal with the put-downs etc whilst retaining whatever in your religious belief you find helpful? Maybe the first job is to build up your self esteem and confidence and that will help you make decisions about what you need to do? Obviously easier said than done! EDIT: but there ARE ways of doing it
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I have also been a christian since birth and I remember I was very doubtful around just before my parent's divorce, my dad also did some very bad things although not quite on the same level as yours. For me it was about being patient and just helping my mum to get through it, we both came out the other side a lot stronger and ready for life's future challenges, and my religion is part of what got me through it, of course, I'm not saying you have to do the same, I think you should stick to what you believe but if what you believe changes then that's okay too. If things are really bad however, maybe it would be a good idea to talk to someone of authority, evrything changed for me (for the better) when my mum told the police about what my dad did to her, it was worse at first but now I'm out the other side my life has never been better and my faith has grown stronger. I hope that helps, and if it doesn't another thing that helped me so much was to write down my thoughts and feelings when things got really hard, maybe you could try doing that.
Questioning your religion is a standard part of becoming older. The search for why we are here, what we are doing here and is there really a God is an eternal one that will outlast both you and I.
Maybe go see a Bishop/Pastor at another church, I'm sure they'd be able to help. There are also some good podcast etc on the topic.