I stayed out of church until I was about 12. At that age I guess I started getting curious about life and death and decided I would read the bible.
I didn't finish.
I skipped a lot. The whole this "guy begot that guy" part was very boring.
I questioned a lot and this is where my parents were useless. In Genesis when it says God create light I wondered how it what when there wasn't light. What it negative light? Black light? My mom said I shouldn't ask questions like that.
The biggest problem I had with Genesis was the whole tree of knowledge story. The way I translated it I figured the rest of the book was up to us to decide what we should follow since Adam and Eve got the ability to think for themselves once they ate from the tree. So, all of their descendants would have that ability. After that I didn't read the book with the idea that it was all true and infallible.
But reading it wasn't enough, so I dragged my parents to church. We found an Episcopal church and I went for a few months. I was torn by the wonderful beauty of the church with the idea that it seemed a big waste of money that could have gone to something better.
Thinking back on it now, I must not have paid much attention while reading the bible because now I know there are parts of it that are pretty appalling.