Hello Joseph and thank you for the welcome. You're right about Greenville,Sc not being a great place for atheist support. I actually graduated from a christian university here, North Greenville University, which is where I lost my faith halfway through being there. I still have a few friends from there but most of them are still Christian. It's hard to really open up when you're surrounded by them but I managed to tell a friend that I didn't believe any of it anymore, to which she replied, I'll pray for you. haha...I said you can do what you want. Prayer won't affect me.
So, a bit about me, I grew up in a christian home. My dad was the pastor of a Baptist church. So I was brainwashed from birth to believe in the nonsense and not question anything. It wasn't until university that I began to think for myself and realise it is INDEED all nonsense, and started to look for things that did make sense in reality. I went through a depressed period and I still have bouts of depression, but I had a new peace of mind when I started to think for myself.
Now my parents are missionaries in Vietnam, so they're far away and don't bother me, but my dad kind of knows now that--well to him I'm "rejecting God". but for me, I've given up that crutch.
Thanks for the welcome. I live on my own, so no worries about that. I just don't know how my mom would take it. She's an every Sunday Christian (southern baptist). I just don't know any other atheists in Nashville & just want to find ppl to talk to about my non-belief.
TEE-HEE! 'Obnoxiously inquisitive'. That's great! I'm obnoxiously honest and also very curious. One of these days maybe we can find something we vehemently disagree on. I think it could be a terrific bit of fun!!
I feel as though I became more self aware around three months ago, I began to notice the science in everything and started to question things that I had been told. From an early age, around six or seven I started questioning theism. I made the choice to have myself removed from scripture, presenting to my Father exactly why I didn't believe in different aspects of the Bible, and that I recognized the scare tactics they used on children, I was a very forward thinker and always appreciated honesty, I saw no honesty in their teachings. From then on I always believed in something, what would change but it's as though my brain held onto that little bit of faith to make things easier. Ghosts, souls, angels and an after life. Were all things I grew up knowing** were real. They were constantly talked about by Celtic Father, his Wiccan friends, my Mother was/is a very confused Catholic, mixing aspects of Paganism into her beliefs.
So, I understood there was definitely an afterlife, even though I didn't resonate with any religions and was a constant skeptic, I still for some reason never occurred to me to really question it.
It just hit me one day, I woke up and I knew there was nothing after I die. It's hard to explain, but I just unraveled everything I'd been told and realized it was completely ridiculous and I was amazed at out wonderful brains are for creating something so elaborate, and making us believe so firmly in something that quite frankly, is absurd, all to use as a coping mechanism as we crave the need for meaning and purpose. I'm fascinated by that.
Nothing else has changed. I've always believed in the power of human kindness and this has encouraged me even more to strive to be someone who makes others feel warm. Because we get one life, why waste it drowning in negativity? That's what truly scares me. Dying without making a positive impact on the lives of people who surround me. To die with regrets of a life lived slaving away for the man, working 9 to 5, five days out of the seven I get a week? and for what? To buy stuff? No. That doesnt work for me. I want to see the world, love with all of my heart, sing, dance and be my best self.
Hey Joseph. I was non denominational. I'm very happy to be free these days. Its been about 2 and a half years since I left the faith. This place looks interesting. Think I'll explore a bit now that I'm here.
Yeah, I grew up Catholic, but have just begun to realize the finer points of my actual fundamental beliefs, mainly which don't lay any faith upon God or have any specific association with the Divine. I'm still trying to sort through some things (I.e. My decision to still capitalize out of respect),which is part of the reason I've decided to join this community. The area where I live is also, well, a little more developed, wealthier etc. so because of that it's more tolerant and not quite as dangerous to admit to having different opinions on controversial topics.
That being said though, it's still a very southern, Christian-dominated town (and although there is some diversity, most of the people I know practice some form of theism.) So, I'm in a safe environment (thankfully!) but not a very supportive one either:( I'm fresh out of high school and have quite a lot to experience ahead of me but I'm exited. looking forward to discussing my new found beliefs with resources I've never had:)
Sorry for sounding cliche, you can obviously tell I'm new, but thanks for commenting!
What I found out was that the stories of the 12 disciples, the 3 kings, the son of god, the crucifixion, the 3 days in the grave and the resurrection were stories that were told to explain the movement, progression and alignment of the stars. The Son of god was the Sun of god. Most of the stories in the bible were myths that were personified and took on a reality. The bible is a book of myths, parables and allegories. I had studied many religions and read many books looking for understanding about religion, but when I came across the astronomical explanations which I call astrotheology is when I realized that all religions are a sham. The Jews and the Muslims are the moon-god worshipers and the Christians are the sun worshipers. At any rate, I am finished with religion.
Thank you! Actually, I'm new in Vladivostok and I came here from the epicenter of the war. It's really dangerous there and my parents decided it would be better for me to go away. So, this days I know about the city not much too. Yeah, Russia is a bit crazy, especially concerning religion. Christians here are totally insane, and have a great support from the authority. That's really sad. Hope one day this things will change for better. And how are you? What's on your place?
Thanks. I was raised a wisconson synod lutheran. My that is specific. The doubt was always there and my search was for a spirituality that I couldn't seem to get any closer to. Buddhism became as close as I could find because they do not worship a god. It was reading Harris' The End of Faith that started opening the curtains further. Watching Cosmos really helped as well.
Compared to the Philly area where I was born and raised, the pacnw is much more my style! There are many more "spiritual" people than religious, but still... Luckily I am married to a Catholic who accepts me just the way I am! I raised three kids who are atheists, their choice as I never closed any doors they wanted to look through, so I have my own little world where I am comfortable.
I LOVE to debate, especially with believers- sadly no one wants to be on the opposing side. :(
The whole brainwashing thing floors me. Blind faith in a mean, vindictive, spiteful, omnipotent presence is so mind blowing to me!
haha the dog helps me with the neurotic.I've been having a lot of trouble with anxiety recently so being with my buddy helps. I have a hard time being around people because I just can't relate to like 90% of them.