First, I just want to say that I never try to push my beliefs on others. I also don't want to feel like I am the one responsible for someone making a life altering choice.
Ok so here's the story. I'm pretty close with my cousin. he's a very logical thinker who happens to be a christian. He was raised as such as you would probably guess, and most of his religious practices have came from time spent in a private school that required the attendance of church every Sunday. We are open with each other, he knows I'm an atheist and we talk about religion frequently.
During a conversation about the bible, afterlife, and how my atheist views effect me daily life, We started talking about how he could never "turn to atheism" because he would be afraid of all of the positive things that he would be leaving behind with his christian beliefs. The conversation got cut short, but I've been thinking about this, and was wondering what exactly I could say to him to explain it. I mean..It's been a long experience for me. It's very liberating now, but it took a lot of soul searching to get to that point.
For me, religion seemed to control every aspect of my life. I wasn't free to be myself. I was constantly afriad of messing up, sinning...always afraid of not fitting in with a certain belief system.
I've done more research on things that I couldn't even begin to list to come to my conclusions. I think that if maybe, he understood that you don't need god to live a stable, secure, hopeful life... the rest would come to him.
Then again, it's different for me...I feel that I've never truly been a christian in the first place. I feel that I've been lying to myself until I realized what I really beleive.
What do you think? Do you have any advice?