DisinfoCast 42: Gabriel D. Roberts: ‘Born Again to Rebirth’

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Born Again to Rebirth author Gabriel D. Roberts was born and raised in a fundamentalist Christian church. At 7 years old he was street preaching in Salt Lake City, Utah and by 10 years old he had traveled to China, Japan, Hong Kong, South Korea, Macau and The Philippines as a missionary. After moving to Seattle to attend Bible college, Roberts had a crisis of faith that led him to a radically different life.

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  • BuzzCoastin

    leaving any kind of belief behind is difficult
    especially since all Western religions require Faith for membership

    it was an insight of Joe Campbell that helped me see my way through this
    when asked by a priest if he had faith in God, Campbell replied
    “I don’t have to have faith, I have experience.”

    • kowalityjesus

      it seems our experience is mortally abridged, whether fortunately or unfortunately.

  • http://twitter.com/TedHeistman Ted Heistman

    I can relate to this a lot. I was a born again Christian from 1991 to 2005. I went to Bible College and preached sermons and witnessed to people. I actually lost my faith debating evolution with atheists on the internet.

    I shared some of my doubts with a friend who was a deacon at my church. He had no answers for me. But after I went home, he called the Pastor, who in turn called an emergency Deacon’s meeting. They were concerned for my soul. They brought me before a type of inquisition. Since I had been studying the creation/evolution debate intensely for several months, I easily answered all the questions they had and posed many to them that they had no answers to. So, though outnumbered, I eventually dominated the discussion, which seemed to make them angry.

    I was eventually officially excommunicated from the Church. I was voted out of the membership from the church, basically banished, like shunning by the Amish. It was very stressful for my wife. We later left and attended a more liberal Evangelical church. But I found that I had been living in a closed system as a Christian, and my doubts about literal creationism, was like a string that eventually unravelled the whole theological system.

    Without a Fall, literally bring death to the World, the substitutionary atonement made little sense to me. The whole idea of Hell just began to look like a sick joke.

    I think I did put a lot of intellectual effort into studying the Bible and Theology, but I really think it. stunted me intellectually also. I had stopped learning and questioning things. I thought I basically had all the answers through Christian theology and Biblical literal-ism I think having doubts while also being open to various mysteries, really opened up things for me. I don’t denigrate Christians, though I no longer consider myself one.

    Its funny because as a kid, I grew up Episcopalian and was really into biology and evolution. But I became a Christian while stationed in the Army and going through a really tough emotional time of depression and despair. A fellow soldier who was a Baptist, reached out to me. He may have saved my life, and I did find a lot of love and fellowship in the church. Because of this I gave a lot of credence to what they said, that intellectually by itself I wouldn’t have bought.

  • Gabriel D. Roberts

    I would invite anyone interested to visit the “REBIRTH FILES” and feel free to tell a bit of your own transformative story. Visit gabrieldroberts.com and go to > Rebirth Files

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