Hello all, as a new member to the Atheist Nexus, I thought I'd share the story of my life so far, as I am only 16.
I was brought up in an atheist family in Australia. My dad is atheist, my mum is Buddhist, but Buddhism is a philosophy with no god. When I was attending primary school I was quick to enroll myself in the Christian Religion class that took place once a week on a Thursday. I was also quick to get hooked onto the concept of God and all the Christianity had to offer me. After a while my mum asked why I had enrolled into the class, as she was getting billed for this, and I simply said, "because I have friends in there." So she went along with it.
About 1 year later, when I was closing in on the verge of preaching the bible almost everywhere I went to, I heard something from my religion teacher that I believe, is the reason why I became an atheist. She said to our class, "The other day I was at Woolworths (a grocery and other item store) and I couldn't find a parking spot. So I prayed, as you should, and Jesus gave me a parking spot right in front of my eyes." At the time I thought "wow!" and I thought I better tell my mum and dad. They laughed when I told them and they said, "If that's the case, then you can pray to Jesus for your dinner okay."
I did so, and went hungry that night. It was when I was contemplating my thoughts when I realised how much religion dominates your thoughts with faith over reason. I entrusted and had so much faith in something that is completely irrational and when I began to think about it, made little sense at all. It was like believing Santa, but for grown ups. This was my revelation...