If someone would have asked me 5 or 6 years ago if I would ever say the words " I am an atheist", I would have laughed at them. I was raised Christian, Church of Christ to be exact. I was devout in my religion and it was something that I held very dear to me. There were things that didn't make sense, things that had raised my eyebrows, but I always chalked it up to the typical statement, "There are things we are just not meant to understand." My husband has always had a love for science and he began questioning things and came to the conclusion that he is indeed an atheist. It was through conversations with him that I began to feel comfortable enough to really question my faith and take a deeper look at all the problems I had with the Bible. I can now say, without any anxiety, that I no longer believe in all that. It hasn't been an easy transition for me. I had so much anxiety over letting go of it. I had been a Christian for as long as I could remember. I have only considered myself Atheist for about six months now. Although, it has been ten years since I had actually attended church.  I can say that I am happier with myself than I have ever been. I have two little girls and I am so happy to say that I will not be teaching them they have to live their lives to please an invisible being in the sky or they will be tortured for eternity. Luckily, my husband and I now share the same views as far as the whole religion thing goes. My mom is very supportive, even though she took us to church she has always taught me to stand up for what I believe in, no matter what that may be. There are family members who have told me they are concerned for my soul and that is a tough thing to hear. It's hard knowing someone you love thinks you are going or even deserve to go to a place where you will be tortured. It is difficult for me to understand how so many people are so caught up in it all. Luckily, I do have a support system with my hubby, my mom, and my two sisters. I have never felt so free in my entire life and life is so much more exciting without the fear of hell hanging over my shoulders. I am so happy to have found this site!!!

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Welcome and thanks for sharing! I was also brought up within a Christian family. The majority of my family still do not know about my "de-conversion" I'm sorry to say but I may loose a few friends and family members because of it. It's good to read that your mother is understanding, although she may not really understand.

 

As far as people who are "afraid for you" because they believe you'll go to hell, you have to remember they are currently in a totally different mind set. Religion truly is a powerful delusion. 

 

Once again, welcome!! :)

Thanks!!!! You are so right about how powerful the delusion of religion is. I try to remember that I had that same mind set at one time and I choose to love them regardless of their perceptions. You mentioned that you may lose some friends and family members because of it. I know that has been such a huge fear of mine. I finally decided that I just need to know people love me and want to be a part of my life for who I really am. The two people in my life that are the most difficult to tell are my grandmothers. It will definitely be hard for me to let them know. I haven't gotten to that point yet.

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