Well done

By Phynnodderee

Leaving the Christadelphians can be tough, painful and demand a lot of courage. So this is a message for ex-Christadelphians who have overcome significant struggles to mentally break free from the religion and move on.



Well done.

Well done for having the courage to think outside the narrow confines in which you were raised or instructed.

Well done for having the courage and integrity to follow your own conscience and convictions.

Well done for having the intellectual honesty to change your mind.

Well done for having the courage to leave the all-encompassing embrace of a familiar community and face the difficult and painful process of adjusting to a different kind of life.

Well done for having the audacity to think for yourself.

Well done for rejecting bigotry and narrow-mindedness.

Well done for embracing reality even though it is sometimes harsh.

Well done for being an ex-Christadelphian!

3 comments:

  1. A good post. I have noticed some CDs congratulating one another on these sites for emerging from the group with a minimum of rancor and bitterness. I suspect there is a connection between smoother and rougher departures and the extent to which membership in the CDS damaged or injured the former member's life. I am currently communicating with my elderly dying parent, who always felt her interpretation of Scripture allowed her to regard her children as property. After twenty years of not communicating, she contacted me during a health crisis. I made nice, but asked her to consider requesting forgiveness for decades of abuse, violence and neglect. She was no one's mother, and no one's grandmother. Her response was: "According to the Bible, I have done nothing for which I need to ask for forgiveness. I put God first in my life, and that was all I was required to do."

    If there is a way to work with this kind of mindset, someone illuminate the path for me. I see none. What I do see is that religion is used as a cover for a lot of ugly, ugly, ugly human behavior. And a damnable mess on this mortal coil is often the result.

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  2. I'm very sorry about the painful situation you describe, Amir. It's true that people sometimes have a right to feel bitter after exiting a religion. Having said that, bitterness is not a good emotion to carry around with you, and it's important to find a way of dealing with it constructively (not referring to you specifically, just people generally).

    Some people do seem to have a fairly easy exit and go on to have a good relationship with their family, and that's great. But those who don't, need understanding and empathy, and the problem with leaving a community like the CDs, which no one has heard of, is that there are so few people who will understand what you've been through. Hence my brief attempt to acknowledge that making your way out the hard way and moving on with your life is actually an achievement that deserves to be celebrated.

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  3. It's not overly surprising that some Christadelphians may treat their children as "property". In recent months, the group representing the dominant thinking of UK christadelphia has published several "Bible talks" that both reinterpret and approve of biblical slavery as an acceptable form of domestic servitude. Read the home schooling pages, and you will see that Christadelphians believe that they should have complete control over their children's education, regardless of societal norms. To my certain knowledge, some Christadelphians believe that these "rights" can be extended down to grandchildren. We are also aware that Christadelphians expect to be given God given rights to kill non-Christadelphians and plunder their possessions at the start of the kingdom age.
    If a person has been brought up with those beliefs, or took them on board after "conversion", and the internal invention of their God within themselves (who of course behaves just as they expected him too), then it is easy to see why Amir's mother thinks and behaved the way she did (does) and is wholly unrepentant for it. It's brilliant to hear of people like Amir who saw through the lies and walked away to live a normal life.
    Like one of the former editors here, I believe it is not possible, or a worthwhile exercise to try to work with people of this mindset, painful though that may be.
    On a practical level, taking into account the above, and knowing just how devious some Christadelphians are, I would be extremely wary of becoming re-involved with someone who claims to have a health crisis or be close to death after 20 years of non communication and who has not re-thought their actions. To me this looks like someone who is pulling your strings in order to obtain money for healthcare and/or a dignified death.
    Think hard about it. A Christadelphian like her can call upon brethren and sisters locally and around the world, and they have the power of prayer on their side. When she actually dies, she has eternity in the Kingdom to look forward too.
    Don't you think it is strange that when the Kingdom is literally imminent to a CD, they somehow wish to use all the resources of the "world" and those they have rejected, to put it off just a little longer, or make it just a little more comfortable.
    Sorry to be harsh, but don't fall for it!

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