Oh boy it's great to finally be here with people who share the same thought: There is no friggin' God!!! (Sorry for putting it this way, but it's good to say it out loud)
I am new here and glad I found this place. I have been an atheist since I was about 15 years old. I used to be very religious, went to church during the day when I had time just to "talk" to god; I would pray at night and "tell" him about my feelings and dreams and I always felt his love and it was the greatest thing for me. I'm from Germany and grew up Protestant. I went through what we call "Konfirmation" when I was about 15 I think but when this took place I was already slowly turning into an atheist because the bible never made sense to me. Above all it just dawned on me that the belief in God is a psychological process that expresses the need of every human being - to be loved. After all, it feels nice to know (or think) that there's somebody out there watching you, caring for you. I have to admit that that was very hard for me to get rid of when I first became an atheist. To realize you're all alone...but in the end it has made me a better person because I know I am responsible for my own actions, there will be consequences if I do something bad...not a punishment from God however. I do good things because I want to and not because I hope to be rewarded by going to heaven. That is a selfish thought if you ask me. I realized that not believing in life after death makes your life much easier because you don't have to worry what will happen when you're dead. No, you won't burn in hell, you will just be gone. "I am not. I was not. I care not."
I do not have any atheist friends (believe it or not, I have not found another atheist in this country and I've been here for almost 3 years..)
Hope to meet some interesting people on here.
From a fellow heathen, welcome Tina. A lot of us (not me personally) have a very serious problem about letting others know about their non-belief; especially here in the US. Yes, we are in a minority, but I am convinced are numbers are growing every day. Glad you're here.