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I left the Pentecostals when I was 15 years old. I had studied the Bible with Jehovah's Witnesses and became convinced that the Witnesses were the only"true" religion. I just stopped attending the Pentecostal church and that was that.
I was excommunicated by the Jehovah's Witnesses when I was 30 because I had sex without being married and then lied when asked about it. At the time I still believed that Jehovah's Witnesses were the "true" religion and honestly believed that Jehovah was going to kill me at Armageddon because I lied about having sex as an unmarried person. It took two years before I realized that was bullshit. Having unmarried sex is not wrong and I have nothing to fear. It took two years for me to escape the cult mind control of Jehovah's Witnesses. That was 30 years ago. To this day I am shunned by my old friends and my sister who is still an active Jehovah's Witness. To them I must be treated as if I am dead. If they see me they cannot speak to me or acknowledge my presence. If any Jehovah's Witness would ever speak to me, then they would run the risk of being excommunicated for doing so.
I’m pretty open about being a Satanist because I like taking out the garbage out of my social life. I would probably have had less burned bridges if I didn’t, but I don’t see it as much of a loss. Those bridges lead to unfulfilling, annoying conversations anyway and burning them down lead to more freedom for me.
Now I’m not saying that you should always be open about being a Satanist. But for me, right now, being openly a Satanist has lead to a rewarding, fulfilling lifestyle. That’s just me though.
Exactly. People make up their own little version of the word based on what personally suits them and then want to act all high and mighty like they’re not using the word to serve their own agenda. Now there’s nothing wrong with being self-serving, but there is something wrong with being a hypocrite willingly ignorant of your own hypocrisy.
Funnily enough, I grew up right next to a Christian church. My father never wanted to partake in any of its christian ceremonies, but I do remember messing about in the graveyard, going on an adventure and looking for ghosts and whatnot.
My father has been embracing Satanism for longer than I've been alive, but he never forced me to be a Satanist. There are so many Christian parents that won't accept anything that isn't Christian in their households. I can't even imagine the brainwashing those children must go through. In my opinion, it's child abuse.
As I attend school and become better in my chosen field, will this desire to help others fade away? Are there any pitfalls when your self-identity as a "helpful teacher" fades away?
Assuming these are the focal questions, to question 1 a) where does the concern come from on your part that your interest in "helping others" will fade at all? b) what is your greatest concern if it does fade? To question 2 (which is inextricably linked to question 1) there are numerous pitfalls when one invests the entirety of their identity in "what they do."