I grew up in the South, where churches can be found on every corner. I went to church. I listened to the stories of the Bible and for a long time, I believed them to be literally true. When I was about 13, I started attending a youth group at my family's church. My faith in the Christian god became very strong at this point. So strongly, I then began to research every aspect of the Christian religion. I wanted to be that person who could spit out Bible verses and show those "devil sent" atheist a thing or two. Yet, as I searched, I found less and less about the "truths" of the Bible. Instead, I found reasons to believe I, and millions of people, were wrong. From there, I began searching for a "new" religion. I dabbled in paganism. It is a very interesting read, yet highly unbelievable. Then, I began to ponder the true question. "If there isn't "one true god," is there even a "god" of any type? Oh Em Gee, could it be? My spiritual path led me in a few directions from there. I am in the process of getting my blog up and running. I plan to go into more details on my journey of un-enlightenment there.
At 24 years old, I am finally ready to say to the world "I am Atheist." Although, I am not completely "out" to my religious family, I am honest with myself. That, in the end, is all that matters.
Please check out my blog. There's only one post as of now but I will be working on it over the next few months. There's also a link there to follow my new Twitter page. I look forward to discussing topics with everyone here!
We welcome you with open arms! If you need any support or advice always ask! What you are doing is brave and moral and will bring to you a sense of freedom and pride like you have never known!
Thank you everyone for the warm welcome! I'm glad there's a place where we are able to freely speak about our views, no matter how they differ from "mainstream".
@ Katie- It can be difficult to tell someone who believes in heaven and hell, that you don't share their same opinion. In their minds, we are facing the ultimate punishment from their loving god. On one particular side of my family, when (and I say "when" because I actually HOPE there is a day when they do know)..when they find out I am atheist and will be raising my 3 year old daughter as an atheist, I will more than likely be shunned from the family. That shows how deep their faith runs.
I would label (yea, we all hate labels, but they're there) my hubby as an agnostic. I think I've helped him see the light on Christianity. He doesn't really like to discuss this stuff much but I do think he leans more toward the atheist point of view now.
Thanks for the tip. I'll post a reply to her message.
I have a feeling that is the way my "non-denominational" side of the family will react when they find out. Even though there would be a lot of "hush, hush" at Christmas time, I'm sure there will also be a lot of talk at the their church about my husband, my daughter, and me.
Congratulations for embracing Atheism organically .
I award you an honorary degree in self criticism .
For verbiage used however I feel additional selfcriticism is called for ;)
Awesome startingpoint .Excitement and Motivation are just around the corner .