Hello Pastor Bob! C. mm x in IE
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Hello Pastor Bob!
I tion' t know ifyou' II remember me or not, but I was a member ofthe church there in the . I was a short, skinny kid with glasses. You baptized me in the fountain outside
the church. I wanted to write you a fairly mixed email, because something sits heavy on my heart. About six or so years back I lost my faith completely, and I am now an
atheist. There was far too much evil in the world done in Jesus' name, and the more I read, and the more I studied, the more I found myself at odds with religion as awhole-
However those days I spent with the church there in New Smyrna were very special to me. I was a pretty lonely, sad kid. I havent had the easiest of lives, and the church
lifted me up when I was at my lowest. The reason I wanted to email you was to thank you. As into adulthood and saw the horrors that men can cast on other men
I often use my time with the church as a reflection. I learned to be patient, humble, to respect my fellow human beings. I learned to love for someone without question the
moment I meet them. I care for those who need care. I try to live as Christ did. Those are all lessons you gave to me as a young man who could have turned out much
different without guidance. I feel you are quite possibly the most person I have ever known, and I wanted to say I respect you, I love you, and I thank you.
Eric, I' m glad to hear from you. Thank you for your wards. It sounds like you are on a healthy spiritual journey. There is much evil done in the name of religion and
Jesus, and becoming an atheist is one appropriate response. There Is, however, something Mystery, something Holy, beyond our easy answers and -
CE realities. Let me know haw your journey goes.