I have realized that I am an Atheist. You could say that I have known for awhile, but was terrified to come to terms with it. Let me just explain my background. I was raised as a strict Southern…Continue
"Your mother sounds as if she realizes she's been lied to, and my mother said something similar to me when I transferred over to public school. I suppose, given the hellish situation you're in and how much your mother means to you, you…"
"Yes, the hurt is because of their beliefs. I try to remember that they're just acting as they do because they were brainwashed from the time they were born. I'm so glad that my little grandson isn't being raised to have all that…"
"Susan, I resigned from the church and came out to my mormon family also, and don't like that my mother is hurt, but I refuse to take the blame and say I hurt her. It's the church that hurt her, like it did all of us."
"I can understand your dilemma, Keith. I was a Mormon for most of my life, very religious at many points, but always had questions. I was always just told that I needed to have more faith. Over the years I made one mistake about my questioning: I…"
"Sure it's a brain knot, but you still must be yourself, helping you untangle it. Be careful you don't replace the old pleasing God and god is watching you with strong guilt feelings tearing you up inside your head. Then going overboard…"
"This really is a tough one, but not impossible!! It's not like you're a televangelist raking in half a million a day just to keep your empire afloat, and now have to explain all those prostitutes that have been talking about you!
"I do feel for you, as your upbringing was similar to mine. I was also to be that great preacher and did not want to let anyone down.
As to your saying that you have no doubts that Jesus existed, I simply cannot be so sure. Written records of Jesus…"
"One of the good things about being an atheist is that you never have to worry about God's purpose for you. He isn't there, and life has no purpose that humans can discover. You don't have to suffer these philosophical tortures, or…"
"Keith, I was a former Catholic who was married to a Jewish lady for 21 years. Take it from me, that there's nothing better than Kosher corned beef on Jewish Rye bread (with caraway). Yummmm! As an appetizer, have some Matzoh Ball soup, and…"
"Keith, welcome to the group. I expect that we can, together, help you. Your father's acceptance is very important. That your mother has lived with him knowing that he disagrees with her beliefs is a plus. When your true…"
I officially told my father this morning. Well, sort of. He started to talk about how he is anti-religion but believes in God. I thought for a moment and decided the best decision for now was to tell him I was agnostic. So for now I will…"