why is there a topic about religion on the forums i'm triggered
In all seriousness, growing up in the Bible Belt I can confirm that religion is drilled into your head from birth. I can't remember a time my parents didn't take me to church. For a long time I really did think Christianity was the only way to live my life and the only way to be a good person- all because of the way I grew up.
I started veering away from my church (basically I stopped going to my youth group) in around sixth or seventh grade because it seemed like no one could come up with a reason for the things they were preaching besides, "Well, that's what the Bible says." Not to mention most of the things dictated in the Bible aren't actually practiced in modern Christianity (hmmmmmm). Christianity- especially Southern Baptist, the biggest denomination down here- is GENERALLY very hypocritical. Emphasis on generally.
I don't think my lack of religion is based on non-faith, but on the fact that I pretty much hate everything I've seen from people that are a part of the church. I believe in God. I don't know if I believe in the Bible and the other aspects of the Christian faith but I do like to think there's something bigger than me. I hate to use this very white-girl term, but I guess I'm not religious, I'm spiritual.