I'm living the reverse of most peoples stories here.
I’m going to preface this post by stating that I really enjoy and read this sub a lot despite usually posting sparingly about wrestling or other lighter topics. I am fortunate that religion was a non-issue for me while I was powerless child, unlike so many of us.
I live in a mostly Hispanic area dominated by Catholicism but grew up in a nonreligious, very tolerant and multiracial family. They never spoke of religion really and never tried to force anything on me as a youth.
This was odd for my region. The guitarist in my high school metal band’s mom would send a priest to his bedroom (sending a priest to a 14yo’s room, genius) and spray him and our instruments with holy water to rid out satan or whomever. They and the parents of others would ban books and other media from the home that were blasphemous (while I was reading Dawkins)and generally made saving the soul of their child priority #1 whereas my family let me read whatever and never mentioned any flavor of superstition. Back then I had the coolest family in town and we really got along up until I moved away for college and moved back to work when I finished. I’m independent nowand more or less chugging along except somehow, inexplicably, my family went christian.
MY parents started going to church, well religiously, and are bringing it up nonstop when we are together. Any shortcoming I have is due to my rejection of christianity. Its gotten so bad that I got thrown out of a barbecue and the next day, my dad’s house because I said I probably will never believe. I’m not an anti-theist really. I love and read the arguments and literature but never was that vocal, likely because religion had never directly bothered me at all as a youth. Now I feel I need to do something to get them back. I had the coolest family ever and now they treat me like I’m choosing to to jump in to a volcano and have my skin bubble and melt off for eternity.
Has anyone here experienced anything similar? Did an argument or any other form of persuasion snap them out of it.They were non-religious for so long I hope this is just a brief delusion. Sorry if this is too personal for reddit, I just want my family back.
tl;dr I was raised secular, now my family converted and are staking our relationship on my acceptance of a christian god. Help!
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