I started this forum in June 2007 after studying the entire Bible in great depth to write the Bible Wheel book (which reviewed the content of every book of the Bible). My primary interests were patterns in the Bible that revealed its supernatural unity and proved its divine origin. I was never much interested in eschatology because I saw how confused it was and how Futurists made up ridiculous theories and constantly made false predictions about the rapture and the second coming. So I adopted a rather vague opinion about it all. I was partial towards the "Already/Not Yet" interpretation, and leaned a bit towards the Idealist interpretation. I held to the standard Futurist ideas that there would be a Second Coming and a Final Judgment though that was by "default" - I never really analyzed the evidence for those positions.
I cut my "eschatological teeth" here on this forum. I don't think I knew much, if anything, about Preterism when I started it. I was pretty much "forced" to study eschatology because that's what most of the people who came here wanted to talk about. Most were staunch Futurists. So I began checking what they said and found their doctrines had little or no support in the Bible, and many of their doctrines were pure fantasy and some directly contradicted the Biblical text. The more we debated, the more it became clear that Futurism was simply impossible and that Full Preterism was the "best fit" to the Biblical data.
But all the debate had an unanticipated consequence. The contradiction between what Christians believe and what the Bible actually teaches opened my eyes to see that there is no such thing as "Christianity." It's just a broad rubric for people who are interested in the Bible. They all have very different opinions yet they all think they were "saved." This is what ultimately freed me from the idea that a person needs to be a "Christian" and to be "saved."
My transformation into an ex-Christian was catalyzed by debating Christians on this forum. I have been completely open and honest and willing to admit when I am wrong. But no one has been able to give me any good reason to think I am wrong about my conviction that all dogmatic religions are false. And as the debates continue, my conviction continues to grow only stronger. I now cannot imagine how anyone could believe any dogmatic religion. It is impossible for me to believe that any of those religions could be from the true God.
Thanks for the great questions. I hope other join in.