"I content myself with the fact that at least there is no malign influence out to get me. Honestly I have been very fortunate in life, with little in the way of true difficulty. When my grandpa was possibly going to die i could at least say he lived…"
"I loath the fact that someone else is having to deal with the doctrine of hell being shoved in one's face. However, I have found something that has shut my family up for the past few months and it is the greek translation of the word hell in…"
"Talk to them about your perspective (try not to be condescending, though this will be difficult due to the childish superstitions you're up against) and explain how you arrive at conclusions.
Then ask them to present evidence that Hell exists.…"
"Firstly, let me tell you I'm sorry you are going through this. You've gotten some good advice here already, but none of it is pleasant, unfortunately. The position your father has put you in is difficult.
When my sister tells me I'm…"
"I think this is a really tough one.
The path that I have chosen with family/friends that disagree with me is to acknowledge the disagreement, and then suggest that for the sake of the family/friendship we agree not to discuss religion. And/or…"
What do you do you do when somebody you love tells you that you are going to hell. I recently had my dad tell me i was convicted of sins because i complained about him saying it all the time...What can you say in response to that (preferably options that don't include me breaking off all contact with my parents).See More
"I still go by "agnostic" to my family. However, when dealing with people who i don't know/care about the shock value of saying you are an atheist in the middle of the bible belt can be fun :)
It took me about a year to say i'm…"
"When i was just starting in my "deconversion" i was a bit bitter/angry. (i was 16/17yr old) so ya, i was a bit unhappy about it all :) but i quickly realized that anger doesn't help anything, and got over anything like that.
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