My de-conversion has been a decade long process that only recently ended with the final realization that I am an atheist. The mental struggle to overcome religious indoctrination was arduous and eventually deserves an article of explanation. But now the difficulty is dealing with the reactions of those around me, friends and family, concerning my "being out".
In a recent discussion about my "doubt" with a close friend he very offensively asked "Are you ready to give up on the human soul and the eternal being?". His question was obviously subjective in nature and presupposed his position, but I had no ready response. I feel as though I am beginning to see the world as it really exists but am very unsure as to how to convey that in a positive way that sounds better than life everlasting in heaven with streets of gold.
It is not my intention to de-convert my friends or family, nor to cause divisions in my relationships. I never set out to be an atheist, but rather my love of science and my life experiences and observations brought me here. My final realization was a relief, and I am excited about this new perspective. However, I can see some difficult situations on the horizon.
Any thoughts from the community?