I'm seriously considering converting to Christianity. My mom fought breast cancer for five years and just last month she was given the all clear. I've been agnostic all my life but I feel like God has blessed me and that I have God to thank for my mom's life. I've started noticing how beautiful the wolrd is again and I can only attribute that to God.
I've spoken with the pastor of my local methodist church and he explained a few things to me and gave me a Bible to read. If I was to become a Christian it wouldn't just be on a whim and I'd want to be very committed. This, for me, includes going to church every Sunday and practising the Christian lifestyle e.g no drugs (which I don't do anyway), no sex before marriage, modesty etc. And also becoming involved in Christian causes.
I really feel this would be a positive change in my life as I went slightly off the rails when my mom was diagnosed with cancer and want to repent for things I did (drinking, sex etc). I think God has given me and my family another chance and I'm more than willing to embrace that.
I'd like to hear from practising Christians what everyday life is like? Is it difficult to lead a Chritian lifestyle? What are some challenges you have faced? Will members of the established Christian community/church fully support a convert? In modern Christian churches is everyone equal (e.g men and women)?
Thank you for you help.
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I am probably going to give you one of the most biased answers on here but bear with me. I am one who believes in reason and truth above all else, and yes I am atheist, very atheist. Regardless of what you choose I am happy for your mother and wish you luck.
That being said, I think you're looking for meaning that's not there. People have a tendency to look for meaning in why things happen. This comes from our desire to understand the world around us, and often that meaning is not always there. Many people who end up converting later in their lifetime, do so at a time of crisis. This is because, the church offers them an answer, the same answer they have to everything. Turn to God. God that supposedly gave you this problem in the first place.
I've said this many times on this site and in real life: God cannot be all knowing, all loving, and all powerful at the same time. If he was there would be no evil. Now I've heard the argument of free will, and in some circumstances that can be argued, however, most people will recognize that not all bad things that happen are caused by someone taking advantage of free will.
To answer the specific questions you asked: I will admit that I am not a christian so someone may correct me on this if they wish but:
Is it difficult to lead a christian lifestyle? Not likely, you pick up some new routines, have to get up early on Sundays, and feel like you have an extra person to talk to at all times.
Will members of the established Christian community support a convert? Unless you're trying to get into a radical sect outside the mainstream, yes. Christians love to convert new people, just like any other group. That's not a shot at christianity or any religion, human nature makes us want to have the same beliefs as each other.
In modern churches, is everyone equal? As far as I know yes, most of the cases I've heard about this are a church by church basis.
All of that being said, I think that if you are going to accept believing in anything, you need to critically look at what this new belief entails. As an atheist, I still accept many teachings that most churches preach, but I don't accept many others. Sit down and read the bible, and examine the stories. Most people nowadays consider the stories as metaphors so even just consider what the story is trying to teach. Then consider whether or not you want to subscribe to those teachings. Try to look at them objectively.
I for one do not subscribe to them as I do not believe there is any god. I don't even think Jesus Christ of Nazareth existed. Another problem with god is reading the bible compare the death counts between god and the devil. Also, the bible tells us that the number pi is exactly three (1 Kings 7:23). I think the story of Sodom and Gomorah is repulsive, I think god killing the first born child in the story of moses is appalling, and I don't even want to mention Job.0