Would like for others to share their stories of religious decontamination.
Changing our thinking from religious to athiest is a long process - depending on how much indoctrination you have had, for how long and how deep you went on thinking through that line of thought.
When first immerging from a belief in God, we often still come with many other supernatural beliefs that we might not realise to be so.
Athiests will call a spade a spade and this can be quite a shock when we are strongly attached, to the point of identification with certain ideas and thoughts - and when they are attacked, it can feel personal. It is a slow process of letting go of ideas that infomred our values and identity - a sort of death in fact - where much grief can be had - in order to build a new understanding based on reason, evidence and rational thought. Free thinking is a scary place at first - but once you get the hang of it, much joy can be taken from this ability.
Share your stories and experiences of first arriving in an athiest group.