What they DON’T Tell You about the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Sabbath School…

As most of you know, I’m a writer with a background in communications and public relations. However, one lesser-known aspect of my career is that I used to teach English to Hispanics in Jamaica.

Recently, a Dominican requested that I revisit that old tutoring life, to teach him English. After agreeing, I returned home to see whether or not I still had all the old assessments, homework, and teaching notes I had written up all those years before.

While searching for those notes, I came across a copy of an old article I wrote about the Seventh Day Adventist Church, 6 years ago.


While it’s always fascinating to come across a writers’ old work, let’s keep the context in mind. I was raised in a strict Seventh Day Adventist household but believed that the faith failed to answer some of the most basic and fundamental questions I posed about religion.

My quest for answers, from the young age of about three years old, took me further down a path of disbelief. The more I looked for credibility to bolster the SDA faith my family espoused, the more I found the opposite.


Once I accepted that the SDA faith did not hold a solid enough foundation to attract my belief, Christianity as a whole became questionable to me. I touched on this before in Revisiting Religion: Refusing to be an Arawak

The blog post I’m about to share was written much earlier, in 2012; between the aftermath of Harold Camping’s failed prediction of The Rapture and the doomsday prediction made for December 21st in 2012, as per interpretations of the Mayan Calendar.

The blog post addresses end-of-world predictions, my familiarity with one faith that sprung from a doomsday prediction, and why I believe that just like the Rapture and the Mayan’s End of Days prediction, this faith is groundless.

Do keep in mind that this was just a Tumblr rant, so not all sources were cited. I have, however, included a list of sources at the end of the article for those of you who want to look up some of the claims, for yourself.

The Tumblr Rant


The Rapture

Last year (2011), Harold Camping predicted that “the Rapture” and Judgement Day would occur on May 21, 2011, and that the world would end on October 21, 2011.

Most of the world watched and waited anxiously to see what would happen, but some of us weren’t content with just watching, so we chose to act. How did we act? Well, for starters, quite a few non-believers suddenly converted to Christianity.

Some of us RE-converted. Pastors and priests worldwide reported an increase in the number of baptisms performed in the week leading up to the Rapture. And still, of course, there were some of us who didn’t give a crap.

But nothing compares to the Christians on my Twitter timeline, who took it upon themselves to bash these Rapturists for their beliefs. I mean, I can forgive the Catholics, Anglicans, and other old denominations when they think the formation and beliefs of a new extremist-Protestant group is ridiculous.

But my goodness… along came the Seventh Day Adventists O_O …

The Hypocrisy

I was shocked! Seventh Day Adventists (SDAs) are the last people on Earth who should so much as snicker at the Rapturists! So when the shock wore off, I did laugh. I laughed so hard, I was almost ashamed of myself — but only almost.

Now, for those of you who don’t understand why this is so funny, don’t worry. I promise you: I am getting to a point, and a good one.

We’ll begin here:

One SDA follower (let’s call her “Trina”) was brave enough to begin quoting the Bible to prove her point that the Rapturists were stupid. She called them “false prophets” (Revelations), and tweeted of Jesus’ return, “No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. (Matthew 24:36).”

Now let’s rewind a century and some change back to 1843 and follow the religious journey of William Miller, and the resulting Millerite Movement. Miller was a farmer and a Baptist preacher, who after reading the Bible for himself, concluded that Jesus Christ was returning to Earth on October 22nd, 1844. As we all know, no such thing occurred on that fateful day.

The Breakup


So what happened? Well, all of 14 things happened, actually. Firstly, some Millerites became disillusioned, and so quit the cult/movement altogether. Secondly, the remaining Millerites became divided as to what should be the resulting truth (aka Plan B), since Plan A, most certainly had not turned out as planned.

This led to the other 12 things that happened i.e. the formation of the following churches:

  • Advent Christian Church
  • Christadelphians
  • Church of God (Seventh-Day)
  • Church of God General Conference
  • Church of the Blessed Hope
  • Seventh Day Adventist Reform Mov’t
  • Davidian SDA (Shepherd’s Rod)
  • United Seventh-Day Brethren
  • Branch Davidians
  • Primitive Advent Christian Church
  • Sabbath Rest Advent Church
  • (and of course) the Seventh-day Adventist Church

NOW, do you see why I was laughing? These Seventh Day Adventists were ridiculing a group of people for doing the very thing that had led to the birth of their own faith. As we say in Jamaica:

Pot calling the kettle black.

The Secrecy 

Of course, they don’t always tell you these things in church. I would know. I was born and raised in a strict Seventh Day Adventist family for the first seventeen miserable years of my life, and attended about 8 different Seventh Day Adventist Churches throughout that time- 1 in Maryland (USA), 1 in New York City (USA), 1 in Eastern Jamaica, and 5 in Western Jamaica.

I was taught that Seventh Day Adventists were around longer than the Catholic Church, and that the doctrines of the Seventh Day Adventist church were the real doctrines passed down from Jesus Christ to his disciples. Ask almost any Seventh Day Adventist and, they will likely tell you the same thing. 

See? I told you I was getting to a good point.

So if you ever wondered where the “Adventists” got their name, it’s from the word “Advent”, meaning “the coming or return of Jesus Christ,” which they, like the Rapturists, failed to predict.

But Wait – There’s More!


I’m not about to stop here, though. Not when there are still a few other things they don’t tell you in the Seventh Day Adventist Church that I thoroughly intend to. We only just covered lesson number one.

Lesson No. 2

Now, I didn’t hear this in the American SDA churches I attended, but in every Jamaican SDA church I went to, we were reminded that America was 666 – the mark of the beast. What they conveniently neglected to tell people in church though, was how their religion (denomination) began in America, and was founded by an American man i.e. William Miller.

Did I mention that our Quarterlies (the materials we used for Bible Study in Sabbath School) also came from the United States? And if you go on the Seventh Day Adventists’ Official Website, you will see that the Headquarters’ Address is:

12501 Old Columbia Pike,
Silver Spring,
MD 20904, USA

Funny – isn’t it?

Lesson No. 3

As I stated earlier, William Miller was a Baptist! — i.e. a Sunday worshipper. I don’t know if all SDA people tell their children this, but my biological father called Sunday worshippers “devil-worshippers”. Milder versions I heard in church was that Sunday worshippers worshipped the Sun, and were not true believers or true Christians.

Imagine my wonderful surprise when I found out that the father of the Seventh Day Adventist faith was a Sunday pastor, himself. Unfortunately for my parents, that was not all I discovered.

Lesson No. 4


My mother’s side of the family is Anglican and Catholic, and I was a child who read any and everything I could get my hands on – including an enormous Anglican book on the history of Christianity (censoring out the things they don’t tell you in Anglican Churches either, of course).

In that book, I learned that the Bible was put together by Catholic monks and priests – i.e. even more SUNDAY WORSHIPPERS! Aside from the claims made by SDAs against  the legitimacy of Sunday-worshippers, why is this relevant?

One of the SDA’s strongest beliefs is the “the infallibility of the Bible”. In other words, Seventh Day Adventists do not question the Bible’s origins and believe that it is entirely true and wholesome as is.

When I asked about this, my father was too furious that I was reading Anglican material to even bother giving me a proper answer. He might as well have given me one, because the search for a real answer followed me into my adult years, and led me to discover the Arian Heresy.

(You can look that one up on your own, though. It would take a whole other blog post for me to explain it.)

Lesson No. 5


Another principle I was taught in the Seventh Day Adventist Church was not to wear jewelry. Once, a pastor told my mother she could not wear her broach to church, and another one tried to convince her not to wear her wedding ring. (I kid thee not!)

When I asked my family about it, I was told that God banned the wearing of jewelry because the Israelites, in distress, during the Exodus (the journey out of Egypt and to the promised land), melted their gold and built idols to worship; which was a great insult to God.

I took this as a good answer… until I read about King Solomon, who was made King long after the Exodus. King Solomon was the wisest man in the world and loved by God, and he wore jewelry — gold at that. I asked my family about that, too. They had no answers for me, so I decided I would start wearing jewelry.

Why? Because surely, King Solomon was wiser than my parents, my church members, and the Pastor.


There are a lot of other things I could tell you that they don’t tell you in Seventh Day Adventist Churches. I could tell you about being dragged to the final Seventh Day Adventist Church I ever attended — at 17 — to discover that a History Lecturer from my College was the church leader, and the pastor.

I could tell you how he stood there and lied to the congregation about the evolution theory: this College History Lecturer who knew better, stood in the House of his Lord and lied to his people to get an “Amen”.

Then, of course, he trotted off to college Monday morning, to teach us all about ancient civilizations. But if I told you these things, this blog post would never end. And I daresay, I’ve told you all enough already.

There is a big lesson to be learned here, though:

Do not accept “truths” simply because it is easier to believe, and more difficult to question. Find and learn the real truth and origins of your beliefs, or lack thereof. Do not be so quick to simply accept the interpretations of others.

Whoever said an atheist (or agnostic) is thus because they have not read the Bible and know little of religion, surely has never met me… 

Alexis Chateau Black Cat


Additional Sources:

  1. Andrews University Press. The Second Advent [Excerpt]. Retrieved from: http://universitypress.andrews.edu/Second%20Advent%20Excerpt.pdf
  2. Everett, N. Dick. The Millerite Movement (1830-1845).  Retrieved from: http://universitypress.andrews.edu/content/Adventism%20in%20America%20Excerpt.pdf
  3. Kaleem, Jaweed (2011). May 21 ‘Judgment Day’ Believers React To Being Alive On May 22. Retrieved from: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/05/22/may-21-judgment-day-may-22_n_865298.html
  4. Lechleitner, Elizabeth (2013). Seventh-day Adventist Church emerged from religious fervor of 19th Century. Retrieved from: Seventh-day Adventist Church emerged from religious fervor of 19th Century
  5. Pappas, Stephanie (2011). Harold Camping predicts the end of the world. Again. Retrieved from: https://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2011/1019/Harold-Camping-predicts-the-end-of-the-world.-Again.
  6. Taylor, Andrew. The Origins of Millerite Separatism. Retrieved from: https://aurora.edu/documents/library-archives/origins-of-millerite-separatism-andrew-taylor.pdf
  7. The Seventh Day Adventist Church (2012). Retrieved from http://www.adventist.org/
  8. *Wikipedia (2012), “2011 End Times Prediction”. Retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2011_end_times_prediction
  9. *Wikipedia (2012). “Millerism”. Retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Millerites
  10. *Wikipedia (2012), “Seventh-Day Adventist Church”. Retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seventh-day_Adventist_Church

Wikipedia articles were included because it was snooping around Wikipedia and reading the listed articles that originally pointed me in the right direction. If you question the credibility of the Wiki articles, then focus on the other sources.

102 thoughts on “What they DON’T Tell You about the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Sabbath School…

  1. I bumped into this interesting “write up” on SDAs and their “system”. Bravo Alexis. I’ve always got queries about many aspects of SDA ways of doing/saying things about Jesus’ “Coming”.
    I think God is too GREAT to be measured by doctrines but we should try all He gave us to exalt Him.
    Can please say something about the difference if any between SDAs and Pentecostals eg Assemblies of God & the like.


    Have you any pdf free downloadable resources for enlightening the Chosen? 🙏🙏

    1. Hi there! Thanks for reading. I don’t know much about the Pentecostals and the Assemblies of God, so I don’t think it’s my place to speak on them. You can create a PDF of this page by hitting print and save as PDF on your browser. I think it only works from a computer though.

  2. Totally liked your article. I was also an Adventist (for 53 years) and got out and became a Baptist. I do believe that Jesus is alive next to God (and that he encourages us to have the 9 fruits of the Spirit incorporated into our character ) – which is my rethink of what the gospel should look like for me personally. I totally respect your right to choose; And I admire that you re-thought what you had been taught and came to your own conclusions about what is true rather than just accept what someone else said. As did I. That is the gift that God gives to us all. God bless you.

    1. 53 years!! It’s amazing that you were able to step back from that and choose another way. I’m glad you found something else that resonated with you.

      Wishing you further happiness and peace! Also, thanks for reading and taking the time to comment.

    2. sometimes when shaming you need to dive all facts straight as well, do shame with a half of facts. like you said miller was a sunday worshipper, but after the great disappointment that led them to study and search the scriptures even more. thats when they found the bible sabbath, so yes he was a sunday worshipper alright same as saul, he killed christians, and when he changed he became of the truth teller and teaching people of what he killed them for, so same as miller he knew little before but after he found the truth, and you have no right at all to compare a before and a after. secondly concerning the bible is that whoever compiled it it doesnt matter what matters is whats compiled. but all i know is that the bible is holy and the scriptures where not written by the catholics. and foolishness wouldve been this church denying the bible because it came by their so called anemy.

      1. When critiquing someone else’s critique, I think it’s important to do so legibly. Failure to write properly and use punctuations in such an important topic creates room for serious and dangerous misunderstanding.

        1. I put a disclaimer on the post that I wrote this as a teenager. If you’re going to criticize an alleged half truth, read the entire alleged half truth first and apply it to your response.

        2. Nothing you say here makes a lick of sense. You talk about gathering the facts but have presented nothing but poorly expressed opinions.

        3. No one is telling you not to worship your God and not to be an SDA. This was my experience and my explanation of why I left. You are under no obligation to agree. If your faith is so easily threatened by someone else’s opinion, maybe it’s not as strong as you think it is.

        Good day.

  3. Enjoyed the article. My sister and her husband have been sda for over 30yr now. Feel like a lost a true sister. She is always wanting to talk about an aspect of her religion, but not “really” interested in anything but an opportunity to sell sda theology. Lots of stories, but still believe there is something to be said for faith and humanity/love.
    Take care.
    Dan from Alberta, Canada

    1. Thanks for reading, Dan. I’m sorry to hear you lost your sister to this religion. Any faith that puts a barrier between family members instead of bringing them together is questionable, in my books. All the best to you and yours!

      1. Hi Alexis!

        I can relate to almost everything you said. I was raised in an SDA home too. What I’m curious to know though is what made you make the jump from SDA to atheist/agnostic. What made you reject christianity altogether? Just out of curiousity.

      2. Hi Enrico. I never believed, to begin with. I started asking questions from around 3 years old and never got satisfactory answers. My approach to religion was always “better safe than sorry”. When SDA dissolved into senseless goo and I went to college and started learning about Voltaire and Marx, it was mind blowing hearing these and others echo the same thought process I had. After that, it seemed that religion was an unnecessary thing that people held on to for false comfort.

        In the words of Marx, “Religion is the opium of the masses.”

        We also covered a lot in history classes about how religion had been used to justify slavery. They even broke it down to specific verses, particularly in Psalms. To this day, do you know what verses Black people tend to know more than anything else, especially in Jamaica? PSALMS. That was the last straw for me.

        It’s been 14 years since I walked away and I have no regrets. All the best to you!

  4. I was raised in a strict sda family too. I was purposely sheltered from the world as a child, but started to question the church and their beliefs in my teens and early 20s. My mother rued the day I went to college and learned of the rest of the world, thoughts and ideas. The sda church is a cult and can’t stand up to exposure to light. I enjoyed your blog 😊

    1. Thank you, Penny! I’m glad you enjoyed it. I get a lot of SDA people coming here to either try and convert me or call me an idiot. People who think disagreement stems from lack of knowledge are true bigots. People can look at the same information, understand it equally and one decides it’s right for them and the other doesn’t.

      My mother is a bit more relaxed about her disappointment in my lack of belief and also says college was the reason. She’s not wrong. Sociology classes stripped away the little “just in case” bits of religion I had held on to.

      1. Dear Alexis,

        I to once attended the seventh day Adventist’s church but just as yourself to many things didn’t add up and glory to God I’ve always been a dissecting man!! I’m totally in agreement that the Sabbath should be observed as God didn’t change anything the Catholic Church did (Constantine did). The Adventist’s put so much emphasis on the day but it should entirely be about Jesus as He is our rest,salvation,Mercy and Grace,He is the word if you may. They make it into law but we are by grace. I acknowledge the Sabbath as the day to acknowledge Jesus as my everything and the significance of the day set aside as being different from the rest but we should put that reverence into Christ daily not just one day a week.

        Ellen White is put on a pedestal as an idol if we’re all honest. This simply cannot be for everything that the Adventist’s adhere to about Ellen was simply demonic just like Joseph Smith,Mary,etc. We shall all worship Jesus period.

        Ironically Ellen White and her husband’s headstones both have obelisks on them which is pagan for it symbolizes the male organ erected of a man. What does Jesus Christ have to do with such filth? Absolutely nothing!!

        It a real fine line and only the diligent will get on the straight and narrow and stay spiritually open eyed to the deception that is everywhere, but primarily in religion which all stems from Babylon. Keep up the good work and just follow Jesus.

        God has led me to some really good teachers so if your looking check out Revelations of Jesus Christ,Zach Poonen and Tali for God.

        Sincerely in Christ, Chad

      2. Hello Chad. I am a non-believer, but we share the same criticisms of the SDA. I’m glad you were able to get out and find something else that better suited your logics and morals.

        Also, thanks for taking the time to read this and leave me such a well thought out comment!

  5. Everyone makes mistakes Mr. Miller misunderstood the book of Daniel in 1844 that day God stared His judgments. I have gone from the church but, God call me back, I’ve been studying and searching the Bible. As a writer search history and the Bible don’t let anyone tell you what to do but , God and the Holy Sprit and you will see your eye open. Don’t look at other remember there are wolfs in the church and lambs. May God bless you and see what is the truth🙏🙏🙏🙏

    1. Thanks, Marissa, but I found true peace when I gave up Christianity and the Christian God. To each their own, but I don’t ever want to go back to that again. I prefer my life as it is. All the best to you and keep holding on to whatever makes you happy.

      1. 1. I shared my personal experience. You can’t tell me what my experience was, what I was taught and whether it is true or valid. If you experienced something else, that’s your experience and you are free to write your own blog post about it on your own website.

        2. I deleted your comment.

        3. I would rather go to hell than share heaven with someone as self-righteous as you.

        Good day.

  6. Alexis you are thoughtful writer. I respect your views. I know as a former SDA church member that the SDA teachings are riddled with inaccuracies; however, every major denomination has deadly flaws.
    You will find God when you seek for Yahweh with all your heart, mind and soul.

    Yahweh’s DNA composes each of the trillions of cells in our bodies. If someone ask you who made you, you might say I don’t know. Then they say your parents made you. You tell them they cannot prove it. They say let’s do a DNA analysis in the lab, and you find out that your parents are 99.9% probability your parents. You say I don’t have faith in your test so you walk away not knowing who your parents really are.

    We do not possess the capacity to test our Father’s spiritual DNA. We, however, can test Yahweh’s words to us. We most certainly can prove that He is who He says that He is and He will do what He says He will do. This life has its highs and lows. I made it through the lows (a critical low) because I reached out to God. He heard my prayers and acted–many times over a life time. That’s the only test I need–99.9% accuracy.

    Thanks for sharing Alexis–keep seeking the truth and sharing your findings.

    Peace to you!

    1. That the SDA came from the Millerite Movement will always be hilarious to me. That alone tells you they never paid attention to the Bible from the beginning. The Bible says no one will know the coming of Christ. He will come like a thief in the night and no one will be the wiser, but somehow, these people predicted a day. Tsk tsk.

      I have found peace in my current lifestyle choices and maintain it as is. I suppose you could call me existentialist. I believe we’re all here for a reason and the only way to fulfill that is to live up to our potential, while doing good along the way.

      To each their own. Thanks so much for reading and leaving a very articulate response!

      1. The Seventh -Day Adventist denomination did not come from the Millerite movement. It was simply sparked by that. What actually happened is, William Miller studied the scriptures and thought he had discovered when Jesus was to come. He was actually correct, but…He was mistaken to where Jesus was coming. Miller didn’t realize that the dates that they had discovered were showing the time that Jesus was moving to the Most Holy Place. And Seventh Day Adventist were brought about by a women who had been studying the Bible for herself during this same time period. Her name was Rachel Oakes Preston. She was the one to convince people of the Sabbath truth. So, the Millerites were not the ones to bring about Seventh -Day Adventist. It was simply a woman who spread the truth and many were converted to the Sabbath truths.

        If you still question what I am saying, there is a great movie called “Tell the World.” you can find it on youtube for free. Thanks for reading this far. 🙂

      2. People have read this post and told me they attended churches that were very upfront about the SDA coming from the Millerite movement. The fact that you are now claiming something else, as did the churches I attended, illustrates how absolutely confused the SDA faith is about itself. Something that cannot define itself and does not know its own roots cannot advise others, in my opinion.

        If the church has given you peace, then kudos to you. But leaving it is still one of the best decisions I ever made. I’ve been without them for half my life now and I would never go back.

        Good luck!

      3. Perhaps your parents just wasn’t able to explain the things you needed explanations for and too it is obvious they did not realize your potential as a leader Mary did not understand this of Jesus either when ran off at age twelve to address the leaders in the temple but she pondered his explanation in her heart until his truth was revealed. Your parents probably would have sought to get you better answers if they realized your potential, they may have thought you would have gotten “it” with time. Many parents loose out on what they are trying to teach their children by expecting total submission some kids are seekers some from very young age.I am not an Adventist but I have families who are therefore I have had the opportunity to learn a lot from them and their teachings have been helpful to me understanding many aspects of the Bible. Let me pause here to thank you for helping me come to the realization that the persons who put the Bible together were Catholics I learnt that dear Mr King James got together various leaders to put the Book into English but back then who were the known leaders Catholics of course. Other religious perspectives were being suppressed and persecuted I doubt they would have been invited to the table. In this realization I am also believing at this moment that so long as their is a God of the universe out there he would have found a way to preserve the fundamentals he wants humanity to have just as he found a way to preserve the scrolls for cross reference. Ok that said I really don’t have a problem that the founder came from another faith. People loose their faith and find better or even return to their roots all the time. A persons salvation is based on what he or she knows to be true and how he or she lives what he or she professes and as the God of the universe brings to a person greater truth or knowledge, he expects him or her to live it. Who decides who the God of the universe will use to do what many times he will have to use people who are totally against his word to accomplish his will simply because they are perfectly placed or because they are the earthy authority of the day. When it’s too much risk to expose His own people He will use who is available. His will, will be done and his words fulfilled.
        It is good when you know the truth it will indeed set you free and in the end no matter how far removed from the original foundational faith we all are, we will all have to seek for the old path and when it’s found we will have to walk in it.

      4. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on my journey. However, I won’t blame my parents for my decisions. Ultimately, even if they had given me thorough answers, I would have still had doubts and gone looking for better answers. My mom deliberately raised me to ask questions. I don’t think she realised religion was going to be one of those things put on the chopping board and questioned.

        I am happy with my belief system and I am at peace with my decisions. I wish everyone else that same peace with whatever decision they make. I just hate that so many Christians take the evangelical route and try to shove their religion down everyone else’s throats.

  7. I don’t know what churches you went to, but my experience with the SDA church is quite different. The main thing that upset me in this post was that you said something along the lines of Catholic Church organizing the Bible that, as Adventists, we believe in. Just because they may have organized it doesn’t mean they wrote it. To me it seemed that every point you brought up has been brought up in my church many, many times. We even bring up other things that might not be brought up in a lot of places, like how evolution can’t be proved by science because, as we all know, scientifically, for something to be true is has to be observed and able to be done again. Evolution cannot meet either of those standards. But, interestingly enough, I have been told in my church that the same is true for Creationism, so it all comes down to faith. I’m sorry that this was your experience with the church, but in the future, please refrain from calling the whole domination hypocrites just because you’ve had a bad experience in the church.

    1. Let me just remind you that you are currently exercising a privilege to comment on my blog. I, on the other hand, have the right, not the privilege, to air my experiences and opinions here. I own this platform. I pay for it. I can delete your comment and block your IP at any time, but I have not. So, please refrain from coming on my blog and telling me what I should refrain from doing. You don’t pay these bills on WordPress, love.

      I was born and raised in the SDA faith and reserve the right to share my experiences. That you don’t agree with them doesn’t give you the right to attempt to censor them.

    2. Very interesting!
      I stumbled across your article while searching for random things about the SDA church.
      I also grew up super Seventh-day Adventist – like Loma Linda, only SDA school system, SDA boarding Academy, Pathfinders, didn’t know other religions existed until I was ten years old.
      My following of the church ended after Academy, and I never wanted to look back.
      I think you bring up good points. I also questioned aspects of the SDA church. For me, I could not wrap my head around the idea that prophets were NOT okay for other religions, but totally okay for the SDA church? Still baffles me.
      Anyway, that is not why I commented here.
      My question to you, now that you’re an independent adult that no longer follows SDA beliefs, do you believe it provided you with some sort of moral or ethical compass that shaped you into the person you are today? Maybe not directly from the teaching, but from the critical thinking of the church and its beliefs?
      Do you think if you grew up without the SDA church influence, you may have become less discerning of a person?
      I’m trying to justify the advantages of growing up super Adventist, even though I began questioning the church at a young age. I would love your point of view!

      1. Hi Meek! I don’t think an SDA upbringing benefited me very much. I would erase that part of my childhood completely if I could. These are the only benefits I could think of:

        1. I learned self-restraint from all the things I couldn’t do.
        2. The recommended diet was compatible with my pescetarian preference (but became incompatible when I discovered crab legs!)

        I don’t think it contributed to my critical thinking skills at all. I started looking into the SDA trying to find proof I was on the right track. That’s already a horrible way to go about objective research. It just so happened that I didn’t find a single thing that supported the faith and that got me asking more questions.

        I would say be thankful that you got out and make peace with that.

        Thanks for reading my teenage rant and taking the time to ask questions of 30-plus me! 🙃

    1. As is your comment. If you’re going to criticise something, at least have a meaningful remark to make. Have a good day “Someone”. 🙂

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