Monday, March 17, 2014
Are Ex-Atheist Christians Rarer Then the Dodo Bird?
I saw this on the ex-IFB pastors now atheist blog a few weeks ago:
Why Evangelicals Continue to Look for the Ivory-Billed Woodpecker
One thing about me personally, I am surrounded by so many unbelievers. Yes I am questioning
my own personal fruits in being surrounded by some many atheists, budding Buddhists and on the fence agnostics and so few converts. Later I may write an article called "Christian in a Vacuum" and the quandary I am facing. So nothing unbelievers, atheists, etc say surprise me. I used to be one as I admitted on here.
He believes that ex-atheists now born again Christians are very rare:
"Like with the ivory-billed woodpecker, Evangelicals scour the internet looking for the rare bird called the Atheist Converts to Christianity. Reports of Christians deconverting and embracing atheism/agnosticism are found on the internet most everywhere one looks, but an atheist converting to Christianity is a rare find.
There are a lot of people who become a Christian who SAY they were an atheist before they became a Christian. But most of these atheists were atheist by default. They didn’t believe in the Christian God before and now they do, so that means they were once an atheist, right? More than a few Christians traverse the internet evangelizing for the Christian God, tell of their conversion from atheism to Christianity. However, when pressed on their atheist claim, often they real that they were really just indifferent to religion, the Bible, and Christianity."
As everyone knows here, I used to be an atheist, humanist, UU, Theosophist. Remember UUs mix and blend the whole mess together, so I had my years of more radical "freethought" interspersed into the more new age theology and philosophies of "spiritual unity" via Theosophy.
For me, even with Satan's seemingly endless pressures, there's no going back. God has shown me things where the bible [His Word] is proven fact in my mind. Yes I say this to people I know. Some of them look at me, like I am strange. I came to Christianity after YEARS of exploring and then later after leaving the UU shouting to God, "Show me you are real!", even screaming this one day in an empty room years before I was born again.
I wrote this in response to him:
"I am a born again Christian that used to be an atheist and Unitarian Universalist.
Atheists, humanists, agnostics are part of the UU church.
Ironically around 1997, a fellow UU told me no one ever leaves the UU church and becomes a born again Christian. I obviously do not buy into their globalist agenda overwhelming liberal politics either [not that the right wing flavor is that much better either]
I don’t think ex-atheist born again Christians are that rare. Many people raised even in false religions like Catholicism, early on do not believe in God and either become secularists or atheist/agnostics. I did not believe in God by age 10. I have heard this from now other born again Christian. Not all present day Christians were brought up in the evangelical or Baptist church systems. Many today are being brought up with no religion at all.
While UU, I studied comparative religions on my own. They are part of the landscape for the UU church. This also included reading of “free-thought” literature.
Publications I read during these days included “The Humanist, Free Inquiry, The Skeptical Inquirer and Freedom From Religion Foundation newsletters as well as writings by Paul Kurtz. [My delving into Theosophy happened too during these 12-13 years in the UU.]
Here is my testimony written in 2010 where I mention these things.
He responded to me:
"I never said there were none, just few.
Interesting how you deChristianize 1 billion people."
I am curious are there any ex-atheists now born again Christians among my readers here?
One thing too, I have noticed atheism grow massively since I was young. Today it seems like far more believe like the UUs or have chosen atheism then there was 20 years ago.