Global_Citizen saidI grew up in the church, Church of Christ.
Then I grew up and left the church. That may be among the best decisions I've ever made.
How was this the best decision you ever made? Could you explain?
It led me to be a much more critical thinker and a skeptic, which I believe is a very good thing.
It also led me to be less polarizing and stop seeing the world as "us vs. them" that is an inherent ramification of the so called culture war that many Christians see themselves engaged in.
I've also grown a much deeper understanding and appreciation for other cultures without the religious biases that tend to make people dismissive of "others" who don't share their religion.
It's opened my eyes to some of the rhetorical and ideological foolishness that was required to support the inerrant and infallible view of the bible, which my church adhered to.
And ironically, it's led me to study the bible much closer, although in an academic way now instead of a devotional way. It's amazing how different the bible looks when you switch from devotional reading to academic reading.
This is just a short list, and it's also my personal
experience. As tempting as it may be, don't jump to the conclusion that I'm making any kind of generalizations.