Welcome, Mark. I was excited to find this forum too. It's such a big leap -- from the assured self-congratulatory isolation of Adventism to the logical thinking of Atheism, but I found the transition freeing as well.... No longer do I have to contort biblical passages to fit my beliefs, and I feel so much better. Even better, I am finding community with other Atheists, even other ex-SDA Atheists. :)
Thank you Glorianne. The transition was very difficult. That feeling when I was so alone and there's no one I could talk to. That time when I was realizing all the absurdities of the bible and its teachings. I knew that I shouldn't be talking about my situation with the elders and pastors and fellow members. I had to keep it to myself and contain all the discomfort and anxiety and depression as if I just broke up with someone I love the most. I almost lost my wife... she thought I was crazy. Now what she thinks of me is a deist (that's what I tell her), that I don't believe in the bible and religion but still believe in the existence of god.
She noticed the changes in my attitude. I became more caring, more responsible, considerate, patient and kind. And she knows that it's because I no longer believe. This is the only life I have and I will make the most of it by loving her and our daughter more. She's also a skeptic but cannot conceive the idea of the non-existence of god. Her belief still remains her source of inspiration.
Thanks for the warm welcome Glorianne.