Learning to deal with loss rather than just shrugging it off thinking I'll see everyone again in Heaven and have all I need when I get there. It's also very relieving to realize that there isn't some invisible skymonster watching my every move -> even in the bathroom.
you know a lot of story but the best that I know is the kid that started as one of those kid that helps the priest while in the mass that was elementary days then studied in a catholic school during high school to then before even he finishes high school in a CATHOLIC SCHOOL he seen the truth and became like us. parents were very close friends of priests and always seen in church yet was able to break through.. but Valhalla is still a nice concept for this kid I mean who hates that place,lol
I know this isn't really going to make sense but I found my self confidence in my atheism. It was one of the first steps on my path of self discovery and with it I could build myself from the ground up. It is definitely one of the more central aspects of myself and a word I am proud to define part of myself as.
I feel the exact same way! You took the words right out of my mind!
It's freed up my Sundays...
I have a different opinion about seriously devout religious people. I still can't comprehend how they can be so delusional about some things but so rational about others.
Actually you seem to have it backwards, I slowly changed my life as I became, 'mostly' atheist.
When I lose something, I wonder about my own processing, my social context, and the beliefs of others around me. Where did I fail, how did others 'fail' me, and why do we as a culture of individuals marginalize others?
I do not consider 'god' as a factor, but only an abstraction as a 'tool'.
For me, atheism never changed my life; science did. Scientific theories convinced me that what I was raised to believe was very wrong, and very boring compared to the truths of the natural world and galaxies around us. So for me, I am not an atheist because I don't believe in God. I don't believe in God because I believe in science. Therefore, I define myself as a human being first, and second, an atheist.