I was raised as a Seventh Day Adventist. They place an extremely high importance on a personal relationship with God.
I was raised in an odd atmosphere; as a child, I'd go to church on Saturday and enjoy the pristine holiness, then spend the rest of the week at home and in public school dealing with all sorts of nasty sinful strife. When I attended a Seventh Day Adventist school from 8th grade through graduation, I had some relief from the strife, but my classmates often laughed at me for being a puritan. I now realize many of their homes were more strife-ridden than mine.
I officially accepted Christ at age 13. During my high school years, there were many times when Christianity was used against me; I was manipulated, and driven to act against my better judgment. So I rebelled against the church after high school graduation. Out in the world, I discovered many people were not taught what I'd learned in high school, so I returned 7 years later.
Returning to Christ solved very few problems. In fact, I inadvertently joined a cult 11 years later, putting my life at serious risk. As a result, I'm finding the older I get, the less necessary I find religion. I tend to see it as a code of ethics and a way of life; nothing more. I do not condemn the Seventh Day Adventists; they tend to be more ethical than most Christian religions. It's Christianity I'm having problems with. I'm beginning to wonder if Christianity itself is a cult, and Adventists merely do their best to make it positive.