During WW2, my mother's German family renounced their origins to protect themselves from anti-German sentiment here in the USA.
I myself was raised a Lutheran. However, being a radically unsound personality caused me to Confess Jesus in 1980. Thereafter was a rough roller-coaster ride for over a decade, with a 1990 baptism and untimately resigning myself to the Seventh Day Adventists by two decades later. I was EVER CONFUSED and desperate to "get it".
Finally, I read The Christ Conspiracy in the 2000's. Now, I had to spend another decade and more to assimulate the fact that Christianity is another myth among some of the greatest myths, like the Greek pantheon and the converted Roman pantheon.
The more I Consider these bits of evidence, the more sweet the liberation from dogma. Literalist Christianity is not conducive to truly emancipative Knowing. As long as a rigid dogma reigns, there can be no freedom to "look again" to the Books and to find a truly marvelous mythological strain throughout, like fiction with a message of hope to those who appreciate stories of courage and wisdom.
I cannot oblige a literalist agenda. I turned away the Jehovah's Witnesses many times during my bus-travel years. Now I can assume the actual Observer Position with no regrets whatsoever. I watch, I learn and I share my increase of appreciation in the freedom to assess any stated Religion, West, East, North and South.
I am Satisfied with all that comes around to my front door. I will turn away No-one from my interest and cooperation. There is always a boon in any spiritual path. The best news I've had came from a science fiction story: The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury. He stated "The Joy of Being" in the last part of the story. I live and thrive with that saying everyday.
Still, I continue learning what motivates and inspires people to live a joyous life, whomever that joy accomodates.
The virtue of a highly evolved being embraces all people and things and dispels the darkness which isolates them.
Hua Hu Ching-primary lesson.