As a former Adventist, I thought I would feel a philosophical kinship with the writer.
But as it turns out, not so much.
I didn’t leave out of spite, because the church mistreated my friends and me, or due to minor theological differences like the age of the earth or eschatology.
And asking to be “unbaptized” had nothing to do with the possibility of “leaving god”.
In fact, just the opposite is the case.
I quit church, that is religion, when I realized that I didn’t need to understand anyone else’s thoughts, experience or understanding with or about god.
Instead, I wanted to have my own understanding, thoughts and experiences with my maker which meant shutting out all of the contradictory words of people who claim to be authorities on the topic and instead rely only on my own internal guidance system, which, in the end, is what everyone uses anyway, to pick and chose between which middleman’s path to try and follow.
Of course, the religious people will say my “path less traveled” is the road to hell and since it’s impossible to prove a negative, there’s obviously no way for me to prove them wrong.
But even if my decision to use my own consciousness to get closer to the mind of our creator leads to eternal damnation, my life has been exponentially more blessed without religion’s “evil scientist” view of a god who merely experiments with his creatures as if they were lab rats.
Further, if it turns out that living one’s best life is the only thing that really matters, and if our creator wants me to show that i have been a good steward of the only life I can change in order to gain access to eternal life, I can provide tangible evidence that this decision has saved me a lot of time, money and angst over the past 45 years in not looking for god in all the wrong religion…I mean, places!