I have recently read about a former Christian athlete who has recently 'lost his faith'. He says of his former beliefs...
'I think I was probably quite narrow-minded and fundamental in my views and a bit of a scary person. 'I believed that what I believed was the truth. Some of those extremes I feel slightly embarrassed about now, but overall no regrets.'
I too have recently distanced myself, not from God as I understand Him, but from a Bible study group.
It is not helpful when you are caring for somebody with a terminal illness who is not a Believer, to be told by 'Believers' , and I quote...
"Time for what?"
"Time for him to be saved".
"Oh yes the Doctors are doing all they can, he is getting wonderful care".
"Oh no, I mean saved"
"Huh? What do you mean?"
"To find God and to become a believer"
"Oh I see... and if he doesn't?"
"Well...er...erm..." (here put in any reply from the confusing to the downright insensitively distressing)
I believe in God but let me make it very clear that any God who demanded 'I believed and followed him or else?' would not be a god I would want. I would sooner travel alone. My God is not a bully.
In relation to the athlete who has now relinquished his faith, 'no regrets overall' ?
A self inventory may expose some people you have unintentionally hurt with your views...no regrets?
Thank God for AA, Alanon & Acoa.