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  1. At the very end of the 80s of the last century, when it became safe to declare their Orthodox faith, all latent believers joined the church's sacraments.

    Especially tried neophytes-communists, whose ideology is incompatible with faith in any way, and Komsomol members.

    Thus, the number of people who felt the need for God jumped by 40-50 million.

    Of course, in the 90s, they were joined by bandits who, according to their ideas, received the opportunity to” make up for ” their sins.

    In turn, the authorities supported these processes as much as possible, creating all conditions for the existence of the church. Since “Orthodoxy, autocracy, nationality” perfectly fit into the canvas of modern history, as the most important bond, the rise of the church as an institution became organic.

    It is difficult to say how much all these processes indicate a genuine Faith, because it has become too official. But in young people, I do not observe a general desire to consider myself an adept of Christianity. Respect – yes, hardly more. A lot depends on the family.

  2. yes, half of the population of the former USSR, being atheists 30 years ago, today actively wander around churches and mosques. And they have clearly changed for the worse. By the way, another example – my colleague, a clever, talented linguist, teacher, a Muscovite “with an apartment” was, of course, an atheist. The person is soft, vulnerable and a bachelor. Already at the age of 40, I met a powerful, religious woman. She demanded that by marrying her, he quit his ” sinful job.” Now somewhere in the Moscow region, a person with a higher education, a large pedstage, who speaks the language at the level of an educated native speaker without an accent – a janitor at some small church, lives there. In his Moscow apartment live children these are women

  3. Yes. And more than once.

    But I must immediately note that when a person says that he was a “stubborn atheist” and then became a believer, then he is unequivocal… He's lying.

    As a rule, then there is an endless stream of molasses supposedly conscious religious feelings and other blah-blah-blah.

    I am convinced that if a person is an atheist… not because of upbringing, not because of education, not “because everyone ran and I ran”, but because of a conscious conviction, it is extremely unlikely that he will become a believer. Similarly, if a person truly believes in God, then it is also difficult for him to become an atheist.

    I emphasize that there is still a small probability of such a change in worldview, but these are the exceptions that confirm the rule.

    I will tell you two real stories with my friends, with whom I communicated quite a lot in my time.

    The first case. The guy was going to go to Israel. He asked for help in mastering several programming languages. Often classes were held at his home. I was delighted with the rich library that he inherited from his parents. It included many classics of Russian and foreign literature of various genres. But a special place was occupied by the department of books on atheism. Ambrogio Donini, Kosidowski, Leo Tactile, Ranovic… as well as monographs of dissertations and works on scientific atheism.

    However, when the guy with his wife and daughter moved to Israel, he, according to his wife (we had mutual friends), just went crazy from the accepted faith. He himself performed exactly all the prescribed cults of Judaism, and also began to force his wife and daughter to do it. Instead of being a friendly, rather smooth-talking person, he became irritable, intolerant and practically a despot in family life. He had given up programming, and his daily prayers were astounding in their frenzy. My wife, by the way, is Orthodox, and she left home with her daughter to live with her fellow countrymen. And the guy, in the end, was found dead either from a heart attack or a stroke. This is the sad end of a man who was born into a family of atheists, but went mad on religious grounds… holy ground.

    The second story happened in the late eighties, when different sects appeared like mushrooms after the rain. My classmate was not a believer in our younger years. But when I met her at work, she was already a fanatically religious person. She tried to draw me in with her faith, too. She went to some kind of cult… which, in the end, cost her her own apartment and health. About two years later, I accidentally met her at a garbage can, where she was trying to find food. Fortunately, everything was fine with my daughter and she went to live with her grandmother in Vologda. I had to take her home almost by the scruff of the neck, give her a chance to wash up and eat. I found the phone number of her cousin, who had been looking for her for a long time. She immediately arrived and took my classmate to her place. Then I often came to visit them. Gradually, the sect's frenzy released its prey. I did not act like an atheist, but tried to direct her religiosity towards Orthodoxy. It also helped that I had my eternal opponent, but a close friend – a priest of the church. I introduced them, and the “father” managed to bring her soul to a relatively calm state. Any priest, if he is a good priest, is first of all not a servant of God, but a good psychiatrist. Later, she went to live with her daughter and mother, and as far as I know, she lived with faith in God until her death and quietly left about seven years ago.

    In Soviet times, most people were not atheists. More precisely, they were not religious people. When a person said that he was an atheist, it was only a declaration of the accepted social structure. Just like today they say that “I am a believer”, although in fact there is no smell of faith, but only complete hypocrisy and hypocrisy.

    Changing the worldview in any direction is always fraught with mental disorders or problems.

    To be an atheist, first of all, you need the courage to accept and understand the world around you and people in their evidence and reality. It's not easy. Human psychology is built in such a way as to avoid problems and strong stimuli. Finally, not all truths can be accepted by a person… therefore, it is possible to hide behind something abstract, or still face the wind.

    And the people… most of them are weak. Should they be blamed for this?! Both from the religious point of view of a true believer, and taking into account the above, you can not be an atheist.

    Everyone carries their own faith or unbelief as their conscience dictates. But it is absolutely impossible to get into the soul of another person with your worldview… But this, we must admit directly , is almost impossible.

  4. Yes, I myself am, in fact, the same reborn, but with the only difference, I believed God in myself. This is explained in such a way that God is inherent in us, people from the beginning and is determined by our righteousness in behavior, which commands us to be human before all works,i.e.,to love and forgive.

  5. Yes, I know.

    The girl was not an atheist, but rather an unbeliever. She wasn't interested in religion, and she didn't want to “give up on herself,” as she put it.

    But 10 years ago, she became interested in torsoonism, moved from the city to the village, wears long skirts, goes to India to worship deities, keeps an audio recording of mantras on her phone all the time, reads Bhagavat-Gita as it Is and other books by Srila Prambhupada, is treated with stones and bark, and says that she is happy.

  6. I have seen them, but for a time they only become believers. And it is correct to say that believers want to believe (help me my unbelief). Who has earlier who has later but there is an epiphany.

    But they have not changed for the better : they become gloomy, zatyukannymi, go in some clothes, impose both words and behavior faith in God. Here is an example : a cheerful, interesting young woman suddenly became a believer. Changed like after a relative's funeral. On New Year's eve, I came to visit, before eating, I specifically told everyone I would pray. Well, pray.. After that, she refused to eat. Why did you come then ? Demonstrate your faith.

  7. Rather, on the contrary, believers who have become atheists. And, in general, I saw a guy in church, most likely he was an atheist, because when he started to pray, I still thought:did something happen to him?

  8. I have also seen, on the contrary, how believers HAVE FINALLY freed themselves from faith, FINALLY becoming Happy creators of Their Own Lives, ceasing to transfer their childish expectations to someone else.

  9. The question is who in this case is perceived by the term “atheist”! If you just have an atheist – which includes skeptics, nihilists, just people who do not think about theology… That's one thing! But a modern atheist is something else entirely! The difference between an atheist and an atheist is his high intelligence, good education, and high humanism. The main difference is his rational thinking and refusal to accept any information on faith. Religious information – only including!

    FAITH-in the most general case-is an UNCRITICAL way of accepting information. And an atheist is a person who has mastered the scientific and materialistic methodology and methodology of cognition of the world. A person who has abandoned an uncritical way of accepting information in favor of a critical one based on the method of scientific skepticism.

    Therefore, a true atheist, being in his right mind and firm memory, will never descend to a blind, uncritical belief in miracles… For this to happen, you need either a mental illness or age-related changes in cognitive abilities that destroy the ability to think rationally. Yes – we have seen such people, in their senility – coming to God, and perceiving it as the highest wisdom – EVERYTHING! And in most cases, this is a sad sight…

  10. There are no non-believers at all! All people believe in something!This refers to the belief in the existence of God! I believe that the cosmos is man-made, I believe in the creator of the universe! As for an atheist who would become a believer, I do not remember, and whether it is so important! I would be a good person!

  11. Saw. This is me. Until about 25, I was a stubborn atheist. Then I continued to be him, but I began to accept the presence of God in my life and in the world. This happened, by the way, as a result of the emerging interest in philosophy (or vice versa? everything is interconnected). And after 40, I became a believer (rationally). (life forced). How have I changed? I think I've become more tolerant of other people's opinions. I became more self-critical, I realized that many people are smarter than me (which is a sin to hide, egocentrism is a universal sin, and in many cases it is good. But it spoils the relationship.) And faith gave me confidence in life (such a taftology). Not in the sense that Academician Fomenko puts into such word formations (“confidence” – to live “with faith” – with faith). No, for me, confidence is a belief in the harmony of everything that exists, the relationship of everything with everything. This is the confidence that there is a place for me and anyone else in the world of harmony and interrelationships. And I also saw the lies and far-fetched nature of many” scientific ” dogmas, most likely born of the same egocentrism (for example, Einstein's statement about the unified laws of physics in the entire infinity of the cosmos, but I'm not going to discuss this). Vera gave me a lot, but she didn't deprive me of anything.

  12. Yes, as much as you want. I'm one of those brothers myself. Once I didn't believe it now Yes!!! And there are many different reasons for this. By the way , this is a topic for a separate conversation… People are not born believers. They become them in the process, just for some this process happens faster tkzhalka works better, and the one who is more downcast can die as a non-Christian…

  13. I know quite a lot. How have they changed? What was noticeable from the outside: they stopped drinking alcohol, smoking, their speech became clear, became responsive, decently dressed, do not waste time on empty entertainment, are more engaged in self-development.

  14. Yes. Very much. I think a few hundred. He baptized some of them.�

    How have they changed?

    1) In many ways, they received answers to their deepest heart and intellectual questions.�

    2) Live a full and happy life.�

    3) Continue to explore the world, delve into the questions and secrets of the universe.�

    Sometimes I think they become more honest with themselves and don't hide behind agnosticism, nihilism, skepticism, cynicism, and secular morality. �

    And exactly – let it not sound judgmental – but they become more moral and moral people, without stupid bad habits (smoking, alcohol, drugs, etc.). This does not mean that all atheists are necessarily immoral people, on the contrary – many of them are very moral people. It's just that usually when a person truly becomes a believer, their life changes, especially in the sphere of relationships – with themselves, with their neighbors, and with the world around them.

  15. Yes, I know such a person….

    It's me.)

    I was an unbeliever,not an atheist, to be precise.

    In short, I thought: “why all these holidays ? Maybe we're not celebrating for no one ?” I kept thinking that… And then there was a super natural mess, after which I got 8 fractures/

  16. What is not an atheist, first secretary of the district committee of the CPSU. So this very first secretary of the district committee of the CPSU, secretly from people, performed namaz. And atheists who worked in the district committee, after the collapse of the USSR, began to visit the mosque.There were people who condemned them for it. But it was not for nothing that God gave people the opportunity to repent. Therefore, no one has the right to condemn them.

  17. Of course I did. This is me. We can say that I began to live a full life when I learned about the presence of other dimensions of being, other beings in contact with people and other beings from our reality. It's like being blind and suddenly starting to see. When you understand that in everything good and bad in your life, no one else has anything to do with you, including God and the Devil, the President or anyone else. You simply become self-sufficient regardless of whether you are in prison or on your deathbed, suffering from an “incurable” disease ,or,on the contrary, healthy and free. The understanding of the eternity of one's existence is the result of information exchange with one's own version of God or, according to Christ, “being born again”.

  18. I saw it in the mirror. I saw it among my acquaintances. I can't say if I've changed myself. As for others, it depends on the degree of faith. The main difference is that people become less indifferent to other people's needs and more tolerant of the shortcomings of others. Not instantly. And don't confuse tolerance with tolerance.

  19. Being an atheist doesn't mean you don't believe in God.An atheist may well believe in God.An atheist is someone who doesn't believe in religion..That is, he does not believe in all this rubbish that is attributed to Jesus Christ, Allah, Mohammed, Buddha, the Blessed Virgin Mary and similar fictional characters.

  20. I'm like that myself. Although I used to be more of an agnostic than an atheist. My parents are believers and even though they told me about the Bible from the very beginning, it was hard for me to believe that there is a God. I didn't understand why they believed and thought they were stupid, all their reasons for believing were wrong, strange in my eyes, but then everything changed. There was one incident that happened to me. I've already told my friends about it, and honestly, it's hard for me to talk about it (I remember their reactions, and no matter how good or bad they were, I felt vaguely), because I don't want you or them to slip into learning suspicious practices and accidentally hurt themselves all of a sudden through my fault. But I will still tell you about my experience. About my rare case. I saw life (or existence?) out of body, which happened to me completely unintentionally one day. I seem to be unconscious, and confirmation that this is not a dream is there-the dream does not end with a return to your body, you just wake up, and there will not be your body lying on the bed. Just the feeling there is not like in a dream. In this state, you feel light, don't feel afraid, or feel strange in any way. Even if you see your body – you don't ask questions (for you it feels absolutely natural, you seem to understand everything immediately without thinking), sometimes you feel anger (which, by the way, I returned back to my body. The story is this – I didn't like what one of my relatives did and so I came back to stop, which I did) and I had desires at that moment, because all the desires that I had before I left the body remained and did not disappear anywhere) and after this incident I realized that God may very well exist, but exactly what I learned and understood is that Another interesting thing is that my feelings of the world, the future, myself and my feelings in general changed dramatically after that. This also brought me closer to understanding how the brain and soul interact, although not completely. And I can't tell you everything that I understood, because I'm afraid that because of some of my conclusions and knowledge (which may turn out to be very correct), people may suffer. I am even grateful for this opportunity, it opened the way for me to become more thoughtful and not biased by what I see or read. I started reading literature about this case of mine. I'm a curious person, but if it hadn't happened to me, I would never have touched these books in my life, because I'm not one of those people who will read what they don't believe in. In general, I also stopped being afraid of death and began to really live in peace. When I think about death, I no longer see the darkness that people usually see, because when they are trying to make sense of death and usually think that it is unconsciousness or dreamless sleep (this is easier to make sense of visibly and chewed by our cogs in the head). That's what I used to think, and then I found out that it wasn't so. The unknown is now over for me. Now I no longer try to convince my family or teach them as I did before. After a while, I found the meaning of life, which removed the need to look for the meaning of life, because no matter what I tried to look for it before, this need was never satisfied, and then I realized that the meaning of life is in God and after that the need instantly passed. I would even say by the snap of your fingers. That's how it happened. I believed in God. But the rest is just like everyone else. However, not everyone can talk about this. Not always with the same believers (oddly enough). There is a risk that you will be told that you are a liar or just a fool (who would doubt it). But I'm not ashamed of what I believe, what I do, or how I think. Here. I have learned from my story that believers are also human beings, and you should not pass on your negativity to them just because you are angry at them for being stupid in your eyes or they are not pleasing you in some way. First look for a log in your own eye, then look for a speck in your brother's eye. It is not necessary not to take out the trash from your own hut. It is correct and wise, as I believe, to calmly argue your position. At the same time, understand that everyone has the right to their own opinion, and the opinion can be any. And so, as reasonable people, we should remain neutral, not get personal, and understand that it is very rude to try to push our views just because they seem to be truly correct to you. If you want to judge, first clear your mind and try to look at the same situation from different angles (yes, this is difficult for the brain. The most correct thing that you can say in my opinion is “I think so because” and talk about it only by asking your opinion about whether this person is ready to talk to you on this topic or not, does he want to talk about it at all? just as believers should not impose their position on children by force, this is wildly wrong. And yet, this is clearly superfluous in any dialogue between sane people. You should learn to identify passive aggression, calm down, and then talk. In general, the conclusion is that the fact that you want to teach a person or protect him does not give you the right not to respect him and his right to choose to believe or not. There is a saying give a man a fish, feed him for one day, give a man a fishing rod and he will not be hungry all his life. It's the same here. Give a person the right to learn from their own mistakes. At the same time, do not spend so much energy and your own time trying to teach those people who could learn themselves, people on whom you really do not care, and even more so do not waste time and teach those who do not need this teaching. Such is the wisdom.

  21. My ex-wife believed in the Buddha, hit her son, prayed, gave money!!!, went to gatherings. Now she has died, and her son has improved -he got married, works, bought an apartment, a car.

  22. Yes, I was not a zealous atheist, but as in school in Soviet times they taught that there is no God and all that. Then a lot of things happened, but God guided me, and the chain of events developed into the fact that I became a Christian, consciously and clearly, and began to become a church member. It's roughly like night / day. Like a dirty smelly room / and flying in the sky, with falls it really happens, but again with ups. It's hard to describe. The true God is one-Jesus Christ, triune in the Holy Trinity, move in His direction, without doubt, as the only reference point and source of light and life in the pitch darkness. How did you change in your life, the author asks, – radically, was not understand anyone, there is no desire to remember, – became a husband, a family man, a father.

  23. I have seen a lot and I am one myself. The people of my generation who grew up under the soviets were all raised atheists. As they accumulated knowledge and life experience, they began to think about eternal questions and came to faith. There are many people who, like me, do not belong to any traditional denomination, but are, as they say in the West, new agers, i.e. a generation that wants a new religion that meets modern knowledge and needs, but such a religion has not yet emerged. They do not change much, because those who came to faith while still being atheists had a deep conscience, that is, a subconscious contact with God. They usually become less passionate about material needs and success.

  24. Yes, I saw it. Many areas of their lives have become more successful and happier. The Bible's principles and advice actually have an amazing effect on a person..

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