Catholics teach that the fear of god is a gift from the holy spirit.

Fear = Wisdom? Really?

I used to fear GOD. It was real to me and a constant source of stress. Perhaps when atheists speak of new found freedom, some of it is really the shedding of fear. Did you ever "FEAR the LORD? and if so, how did it feel to ditch that fear?

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My parents never ever told me no supernatural, superstitious, paranormal, magical bs in my entire life; not even Santa, Easter bunny, tooth fairy, boogyman, bigfoot, etc etc. I was lucky; hell has been absurd for as long as I can remember. And I`m glad of it.

Yeah...god was like this sadistic father that I could never live up to who was supposed to love me, but would fry any of his children in hell for breaking some really stupid rules. I got pneumonia as a child and while pretty close to death I was hallucinating and talking about how much burns hurt and I would feel that forever. Scared my poor mother badly. How wonderful is religion?

I know for a lot of people it can cause a sort of PTSD if people are abused with the religious God fear. I was raised to put God and the Bible into the same category as the Easter bunny, Santa, and Humpty Dumpty. It was all just cute stories that one eventually grows out of, and that's exactly what I did. I think that's how kids should be raised, but that's just my opinion.

When I realised god was an incompetent dick, I knew I could never fear such a being. I became an atheist shortly afterwards. 

Yep when I was a believer, we were to told to obey, fear and love god. Also that hose who don't fear god, are the ones who will stray away and commit sins. Committing a sin in Islam is a huge thing. 

No.

I outgrew fear of God at around the same age that I outgrew fear of the dark and for all the same reasons.

When I believed there was a god, I thought of him as another grandpa - up there rooting for me and laughing at my mistakes.  I think I got scared once - the first time I sad, "FUCK!"  I really only got scared when I began to doubt, when I began to do my own research about whence the bible came to be.  The more I dug, the more I felt like I was doing something really awful that would have horrible consequences.

I got scared once I discovered my genitalia's other function.

Hell and demons were some of the biggest sources of terror for me as a child. 

I always knew that if there really was a god, he'd know that I doubted, so that's where I was going. 

Also, when you read any religious texts and you're told from a young age that possession is real and possible.....especially if you doubt?

Stress? That's so far beyond stress. 

Ah yes, Satan. Does God's dirty work. Sorta like a hired thug so the big boss seems legit. In fact, first I concluded there was no Satan. Well then-> God had to go as well. So yeah, one might say Satan lead me to atheism. How ironic, don't ya think?

Yes. The threat of punishment and the fear of God was certainly a part of my religious upbringing and I didn't fully shake it until after college. The conscious-level fear was mostly gone by the end of high school, but still lingered in occasional flashes of terror that would spring up randomly.

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