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Alma - I think that is probably an appropriate analogy. I broke with the church of my upbringing many years ago. I have never been sorry. I think once you open to new ideas and see that beliefs you have been taught are inaccurate, and even harmful, you cannot go back. But I also acknowledge the feeling of loss, of being 'out of the tribe', or 'family' of the church. I think, as in an abusive home, that the fear of that keeps many people in denial of their situation. I hope you have found peace.