Will you ever return to the Christadelphians?

By Jon Morgan

I have been asked by a number of Christadelphians whether I will ever return. Depending on how the question is asked, my answers have ranged from “I don’t see any path back” to “I don’t rule it out”. But I think it very unlikely that I will ever return to being a Christadelphian. Here’s why.

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  1. No I won't return to the cult of christadelpians

  2. Hello Everyone - will I ever return to the Christadelphians? - er, no.

    But, I returned twice in the past - both times were quite a few years ago and in both cases I was not in a good place at the time. Being in a bad place was why, I returned.

    I am third generation Christadelphian and grew up in a fairly traditional meeting. I got into the Christos in a serious way when I was 15 years old and then, went on loads of preaching campaigns.

    I went off the rails in my 20s and the reason I mention all this is, because a big part of the reason I got messed up and came back was because of the unfeeling, judgmental and emotionally cold culture of the Christadelphians. This emotionally crippled me where I could not leave and I could not stay! It was a terrible place to be - in, or outside the Christos.

    My third leaving of the Christos was about 15 years ago. Since then, I have explored progressively & increasingly open minded versions of Christianity. Then I dropped the Christian bit and I now think of connection to other people as a kind of secular spirituality - this works for me.

    About 13 years ago, I attended, for just one evening, an evening lecture at the Meeting I grew up in. What struck me was how really, cold the atmosphere was. This in spite of one, person who spoke to me being friendly and welcoming. It was like the lobster that gets put in cold water & does not notice that the water is getting hotter and hotter - but only in reverse - where the water got colder! Because I had been away from this cold atmosphere for a while and experienced warmer groups of people, I really sensed the cold and sterile atmosphere of that evening meeting - it was palpable. This, in particular, is why I will never return to the Christos nor any other nonsense religion!

    Physically leaving is hard but to grow out of the conditioning and emotional abuse is a whole other ball game! I'm still only part of the way there, but I'm recovered enough not to ever, want to go back. I am so grateful, that I woke up, got out of and began to find a real, warm, meaningful and kind, life for my self.

    Mad Max

    1. // Hello Everyone - will I ever return to the Christadelphians? - er, no. //

      If only I could answer questions so simply! :)
      But I do like to give reasons at both the rational and the emotional level, as both are factors and I think typically Christians focus on one or the other.

      But yeah, I get what you mean. It's a long journey starting from scratch, and I'm not sure I'm through with it, but so many things about Christadelphia and religion generally seem odd now that were perfectly normal once.

      Sounds like you're a lot better off now, which is good to hear. It's never going to be a perfect world, but nor is it evil and out to get us.


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