My Faith: Returning to church, despite my doubts

CNN Belief Blog

Editor’s note: Andrea Palpant Dilley is the author of “Faith and Other Flat Tires.”

By Andrea Palpant Dilley, Special to CNN

During my junior year in college, I took a butter knife from my mother’s kitchen  and scraped the Christian fish decal off the back bumper of the Plymouth hatchback I’d inherited from my older brother. Stripping off that sticker foreshadowed the day, a few years later, that I would walk out of church.

The reasons for my discontent were complicated. By most standards, I had a healthy childhood.  I grew up the daughter of Quaker missionaries in a rural Kenyan community that laid the foundation for my faith. I spent the rest of my childhood in the Pacific Northwest, raised in a stable Presbyterian church that gave me hymns and mission trips and potluck dinners.

I was surrounded by smart, conscientious Christians, the kind of people who…

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About M. Rodriguez

When I first received Christ salvation, I made it a priority to read the whole bible and I did. But it was the Bible that made me question my faith. For I found it flawed and lacking. Due to this I launched a personal inquiry/investigation into my faith, and ultimately realized that the Christian God of the Bible was indeed man-made. Now I Blog about those findings and life after Christ.
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5 Responses to My Faith: Returning to church, despite my doubts

  1. ignorantianescia says:

    What I really like about that story is the honesty of the writer. For example, she mentions the indeed clichéd default story and notes how it did not apply. She is completely frank about her doubt. I really like that. Such a story is good because it flows over with humanity, not with idealisations (and certainly not ones that reinforce prejudice about “secular life”). Good find.

    • agreed I really love her honesty in regards to her doubt, and her skepticism of her faith. Her honesty is probably the best thing about the article, because some Christians act like you are not supposed to doubt

  2. I think if we had more honesty like that in the church, we might see fewer walking out and leaving. Even tonight I was telling my wife what I was preaching on, and I was going to be honest and she suggested not doing it because people wouldn’t like it…they would prefer the “mask”.

  3. Pingback: Stories of Faith & De-Conversion | The BitterSweet End

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