Hi everyone. I haven't lurked or participated in this forum before, but I have a question that I thought might get some responses here. Without posting too much personal information online, suffice to say I have experienced some challenging life circumstances lately and am feeling the need to connect with real people and a supportive community. In short, I am lonely and want my children to grow up as part of a community of caring people. I used to consider myself a Christian, but then lost that belief and practically considered myself an atheist at one point. Now I am just not sure. I often wish I believed, because I feel like having faith would be a source of strength.
I miss the feeling of community, the music, etc. of church. However, I would feel like a hypocrite to attend again, when I really don't know my beliefs. I feel like I would be thinking of it more like a social opportunity than spiritual opportunity....because I know the churches are generally filled with people who share similar values (other than a belief in God). Those of you who are Christian, how would you feel about someone like me attending your church? Do you regularly welcome non-believers....and if they did not come to fully believe in time, would you still want to be friends with them?