"Wow. I'm so sorry this is the kind of situation in which you have found yourself. Despite what's happened, I still admire your bravery. For your sake, I hope they come around, but this may have to be a battle you save for when you're…"
Hello all. I just came across this site using the StumbleUpon toolbar. Most of the time, It doesn't show me anything worth while (need to adjust my preferences), but this site looked pretty cool. I spent a while looking around, decided to join, and now here I am.I've been an atheist for ages, but I've only openly identified myself as such since I went off to college a few years ago. I hope to get to know some of you and this community a little better!See More
I'm currently a student at the University of Oregon and plan to graduate (fingers crossed) with a degree in psychology. I have a passion for music, literature, and spirited debate. While I'm still young and impressionable, I want to travel as much as I can and make some sense of this strange world in which I was born. I can be quiet in the company of strangers, but it isn't difficult for me to be sociable when the need or desire arises.
Why are you here?
I'm here because late one night, I discovered this website while surfing the internet at my parent's house. The concept of a site like this intrigues me and I am curious to see what kind of community is gathered here.
The religion you left
Why you left your religion.
In short, I'm not really sure if I truly believed in God at all. For years, I identified myself as a Christian in order to fit in with my community, the members of my church, and my family. No matter how hard I tried to adapt to the things I was taught in Sunday school or find meaning in the delivery of my pastor's sermons, I always felt like an outsider.
I never felt "the light of the lord" enter my life during times of personal crisis or tranquility. Nor did I experience any great spiritual awakening that all my peers claimed they had felt at bible camp or when we all piled into a bus and watched The Passion of the Christ at our local movie theater on opening night. I could fake these things pretty well and there were certainly more than a handful of times where I did just that. Its not something I can look back on with much pride; lying to my friends, family, and perhaps most importantly, to myself. That's why I chose to stop living that way several years ago and I haven't looked back since. I've been able to be more honest to myself and live the way I want, but its still difficult for me to discuss with my loved ones who knew me as the Christian I pretended to be. Perhaps that will change some day.
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