When talking to many people, I get the notion that many Americans have grown up in a Christian church. Along side that, many leave the church because of something that the church did to them or they had a bad experience or they just didn't agree with it.
I want to know what peoples experiences are with the American Christian Church is, and if this drove them/opened their eyes to not believing in God. Also, if you once believed there was a god, what was the moment that you stopped believing there was and why.
- I don't want this to be just a big bashing session on Christians in general, I actually want to hear your experiences, if you don't mind sharing.
Here's some simple examples of how religion can be harmful. It doesn't just start bashing Christians, or blame Christians for all kinds of bad things, it just lists a few simple things that can come up in every Christian's life.
This is an excellent link!
Has been doing everything and anything to stop same gender marriage for years. So long as they think they have ownership on the institution of marriage I will never respect them.
I was a believer in my youth, but can't say I ever had any negative experiences that drove me from my church. What ended up sealing my non-belief was my desire to learn everything I can, from science, history and even other religions. Couple that with me actually reading the Bible, and I found that I just no longer believed.
Did this doofus get banned, or doesn't he have the guts to reply to his own thread?
I was wondering about that...
Hit and run theist, we've seen 'em before, we'll see 'em again - at least you've got the juevos to stick around! We respect that.
What more is there to say? He asked a question, we're answering. Nobody's said anything that looks like a Christian could easily refute it.
Nobody's said anything that looks like a Christian could easily refute it.
That's never stopped them from making fools out of themselves before.
Hey, I am alive. What do you want be to reply to? I was just asking a question to hear peoples stories.
I guess I would be interested in knowing whether or not you understand that many people simply don't believe in your gods because they view the story as mythology? There is a very misguided concept floating around in theistic circles that the only reason we don't believe your mythology is because we are angry at your fictional characters, or have been hurt by your religions. Do you understand that it is impossible for someone to be angry at a mythological being?
It instilled a fear of embracing my sexuality and thereby helped to delay one part of my development. While everybody else was figuring out that the other sex was attractive, I was desperately praying at night to be straight because I feared I was sinful and would be in trouble.
Fuck christianity, and fuck religious blackmailing