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Deist escaping from church organization; what kind of fellowship or club should I join?

Question by xatungova: Deist escaping from church organization; what kind of fellowship or club should I join?
I was a member of a fundamentalist christian (evangelical) church for some time, then in search of biblical truth I became a member of a Seventh Day Adventist church where I currently reside and have been in that church for more than a year. However, unsatisfied with organized religion, I started to question a lot of the doctrines and affirmations regarding the nature of God and humanity, and at the end of it, I ended up becoming much more deistic in my way of thinking.

I hold a firm belief in the existence of God in the sense of a universal creator and architect of the universe and that we sentient and sapient lifeforms are created possessing his divine light. However, the creator God in which I believe is not necessarily the Hebrew Deity of the Tanakh, and although I respect Christian believers and Judeo-Christian culture, I no longer believe in the Bible as the inerrant word of God. Therefore I consider myself a Deist.

One of the main reasons I decide to distance myself from christian doctrine was the notorious inconsistencies of the nature of Jehovah within the biblical theological framework. For example, the “loving and benevolent God” of the New Testament contrasts sharply with the version of God depicted in the Old Testament who not only orders the bloodthirsty and merciless massacres of various pagan tribes including defenseless women and children but also orders the Hebrews to kill their own people by stoning just for lighting fire on the Sabbath, the same God who hardened the Pharaoh´s heart just so he could cast divine judgement upon a nation.

Another reason I wanted to leave was the fact that the organization deemed everything outside of its approved range as mundane, wrong or satanic, and as a consequence, I often felt on edge and paranoid in everyday life. I also was starting to get sick of certain aspects of christian morality. Although I believe that reasonable protestant morality is a good system of morality in many ways and have respect for our Judeo-Christian cultural heritage, I started to get tired of all that “turn the other cheek” nonsense which for me is nothing more than moral weakness and most of all the attitudes of self-abasement and excessive humility which characterize Christianity. The christian idea that we as a race are so inherently immoral and degenerate that we are beyond hope (without the intercession of the Messiah) and have nothing positive to offer just gives me despair! I don´t want to live this life with such a weak mentality anymore.

I am now a Deist but have a great interest in exploring spirituality.

I still attend the same Adventist fellowship but not as often and with much less enthusiasm than before. Almost everyone I know personally is from that church. Outside, I have very little interaction with people. Almost all of the close friends are members and it is as though I have nobody outside of the organization as the only non-adventist friends I have are back in my homeland and no longer bother with me. Basically, my Adventist fellowship is the only real social life I have. Also I cannot speak to any of them how I really feel because you cannot discuss anything with them, they always respond with “X is so because the Bible and Ellen White say so” and have no room for compromise.

I feel I cannot leave the organization because than would totally kill my social life and cut me off from most of my friendships, but I want to leave some day, maybe when I find another kind of society or club.

What kind of societies, clubs or group activities would you recommend for a Deist like myself as a substitute for a church fellowship?

Best answer:

Answer by Cindy
look into a Unitarian church…they believe in everything

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Manual of the First Presbyterian Church of Indianapolis, together with a history of the same, from its organization in July, 1823, to November 12, 1876

Manual of the First Presbyterian Church of Indianapolis, together with a history of the same, from its organization in July, 1823, to November 12, 1876

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What is a good Church or Organization to start a search for God? I left my former religion but I do not want?

Question by Saraphina Blue: What is a good Church or Organization to start a search for God? I left my former religion but I do not want?
to lose God.
Any suggestions?
Thank you.

Best answer:

Answer by K.R.N.
that atheism is the best.

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Of what international theological organization is the St. Thomas church in Leipzig a part?

Question by A Poor Maggot Sack: Of what international theological organization is the St. Thomas church in Leipzig a part?
Or at least what Lutheran church in Germany is it a part of?

The three largest in the world are: Lutheran World Federation (ELCA), International Lutheran Council (LCMS), and the Confessional Evangelical Lutheran Conference (WELS, ELS).

Best answer:

Answer by James O
German Evangelical Lutheran Church ( Evangelishe Kirche)which is part of the WLF

Check out German Evangelical Church in Wikipedia

There are many Lutheran Churches that are not part of “state church”: the “Official Church” is in communion with the EL Ca and there are other groups that are in communion,I believe, with LCMS or WELS or with others or none

The Official Protestant Church in Germany takes in also the Church of the Prussian Union that tried to bring Calvinist/Reformed Churches and Lutheran Churches together in on organization

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Bishop to meet with Lutheran church eyeing break from national organization

Bishop to meet with Lutheran church eyeing break from national organization
A Washington County church which has already voted once to break away from the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America is getting a visit from the bishop of ELCA’s Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast Synod.
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Red Mass raises funds for Bluecoats in Medina
The seventh annual Medina Red Mass will start at 7 p.m. Sept. 29 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, located at 317 E. Liberty Street, Medina.
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Local Historian to Give Talk at W&L On September 30
Lexington (September 24, 2010) – Local historian Charles Bodie will give a talk on the history of Lexington at Hillel House on Thursday, Sept. 30 from 3 – 4:25 p.m. Hillel House is located at 117 W. Washington St., adjacent to R.E. Lee Memorial Episcopal Church, and the talk will be in room 101. The talk is open to the public.
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Church organization stripped of charity status

Church organization stripped of charity status
Christ Apostolic Church International – Canada, a Toronto-based charity, has been stripped of its charitable status and faces serious allegations from the Canada Revenue Agency.
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Former United Church of Christ President Chooses Adulterous Relationship, Divorce; Creates Crisis
MEDIA ADVISORY, Aug. 20 / Christian Newswire / — Dr. John Thomas, who completed his final term as President of the United Church of Christ in September 2009, recently announced that he is living in an adulterous relationship with a fellow national UCC staff member and is consequently separated from and divorcing his wife.
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Church offers new music and art camp for local children
EUREKA — With funding from a grant from Episcopal Community Services, Christ Episcopal Church was able to launch the beginnings of a new outreach ministry this summer by offering a “Music/Arts Camp” for children ages 5 through 12 at the
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