Welcome DT. I am pleasantly surprised that you are pleasantly surprised. Do you mind sticking around and sticking it to those who still believe. You'll blow some minds.
Let me tell you my real turning point.
AND let me share a little understanding.
My turning point was in a class held at our church called - supernatural living
They talked about healing and this is were I had a lot of questions.
I asked so if I am sick and you pray for me to get better instantly I should according to
Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
the group all said yes ------
I said ok I have arthritis in my right shoulder lets heal it........so they all prayed and nothing happened.
I asked why nothing happened and they all said well maybe it is not Gods will or maybe you don't have enough faith.........
I said really? So I can cause an all powerful being know as God to not be able to do something WOW that's amazing. So how does my will supersede that will of a perfect all powerful being. Then all i get are excuses for why God chooses not to answer my prayer........
That was when I was like ...........hmmmmm........lets look into this a little more..........
So I examined my life and i seen were everything i had accomplished, all the good was because i made changes in my life not because "God" choose to bless me.
I also took a look at the Bible and really did some digging......Did you know there are huge differences between an actual 1611 KJV and the 1886 and 1915 Bibles as well as the newer translations we see........they all cant be the perfect word of God cause they are not the same so what gives?
Also, I thought what if i was raised Islam .......there would be no convincing me that Christianity was true and vis versa....... This was a turning point also.
.......So, my point is to all this, I......as a human being......should never have to make excuses for a perfect all knowing god and because i do in order to justify my faith then something is terribly wrong..........That's it....that is what got me.
My final issue is ---
If the will of God is perfect then it should be known and if it is absolute it should be absolutely known to everyone across all nations and time and space. Because it is not and because God needs me to spread his word......come on really? An all powerful being needs humans.....WOW how arogant of us.
I could go on but i will leave it at that.