My name is David Moreau and I am a recovering Christian. I was atheist until about 10 years old, but various experiences started me thinking about God. I would not commit to a particular religion at that time since none could show me that it needed to be joined or that there really is a God, until I was introduced to the Iglesia ni Cristo, or Church of Christ in English. This church indigenous to the Philippines has very interesting doctrines, especially to a skeptical 16 year old. They actually taught lessons to justify using the Bible and to show the difference of their group from others, and due to my lack of depth in the Bible and theology, I was convinced.
After 6 years I went to their ministerial college in the Philippines and studied there, remaining in the Philippines almost 10 years. During years 4-10 I was preaching in worship services before hundred of people, teaching bible studies, and counselling members with problems. I seemed like a model minister on the outside. Little did they know that from my third year on I has a serious problem with this conservative religion’s view on science. I also had problems with the lack of sophistication in many of the arguments and doctrines of the Church.
Last year, I wrote a letter to the second in charge of the church mentioning my new disbelief and containing 22-page study notes containing questions regarding church doctrines. I did this privately to avoid ruining the faith of others. The result: they sent me home and essentially expelled me from their Church.
At least this experience has given me great insight into the mind of a religious person and the good side of religion. Nevertheless, I could not stomach the intellectual dishonesty and delusions that religion (Judaism, Christianity, Islam) rests upon.