I was part of the independent Fundamental Baptist church for eight years of my life before becoming an Atheist. I have studied the bible and since studied other religious texts and am trying to catch up on the science that was not allowed to be taught to me. I lost all of my friends and most of my family when I left. I am just trying to meet like minded individuals that are free to think.
What a brave young lady you have been. You are intellectually right to find the answers in atheism, and there are lots of friends here to meet. Welcome to this cheerful friendly Internet community of rationality and peace, common sense and freethinking evidence-based wisdom.