Lol, what a story! The scene with the two grandmothers slapping you around seems like a scene out of the Blues Brothers. "I offered to help you. You refused to accept our money. Then I said, 'I guess you're really up shit creek". "Christ Elwood". Profanity and blasphemy ensues, and the nun whips out a yard-stick and swings it around to beat the hell out of both of them.
Ah, well, sorry to make light of your situation, but hey, you did the right thing! Those Pentecostals are nuts, what with their seizures and speaking in tongues. Wow. Catholics actually seem sane next to them. Of course its all lunacy and entirely made up. Welcome to the site and I hope you find some actual human beings here with whom you have a lot in common, rather than the religified zombies you have courageously rejected. By the way, how has your newfound realization gone over with your family, or how has it afected your life these days?
It's been 30 years since I made that decision to read the bible. It took me 2 years to read it, leading to my years as a Deist, which were perhaps 3 or 4 in number. My conscious conversion to Atheism didn't solidify until I was perhaps 22 or 23 - so 17 or 18 years ago. I guess I'm just pointing out that it isn't a newfound realization - I'm just new to the site and thought I would share my history.
My Catholic grandmother was cold to me from the day that I refused confirmation. My last conversation with her was in 02 or 03 I think - and I told her exactly how I felt, leaving no possibility of continuing whatever remained of the relationship. On the fundamentalist side, well, I haven't seen my mother since 1992, and haven't spoken to her since a phone call in the late 90's when I just lost my will to keep pounding my head against that brick wall; I no longer know where she lives.
On the upside, with no family ties, I have really enjoyed a great deal of freedom in moving around the country and flipping jobs/businesses as I see fit.