"You can try telling them that you are no longer a Christian and really don't even adhere to a religion that more closely correspond to your beliefs (Buddhism, perhaps). But tell them that you remain a good person and hold to the values that…"
"Gallup's angle is a very good one as it is hard to find fault with the basic philosophy of humanism. Our world would certainly be a more hospitable place if humanism "ruled the roost."
Love is not conditional and your stance as an…"
"If you believe in nothing you're a nihilist, not an atheist. Telling someone you're an atheist is generally a negative claim. It says nothing about what you believe, just one thing you do not believe.
When someone asks what you believe,…"
"You could always say, "Thank you for the gift, it was very thoughtful of you. As for whether I've read it, I prefer not to discuss if you don't mind. Again, I appreciate your thoughts. I know you love me, and I love you."
"Caila, if your parents haven't asked, they might not want to know more than they do.
Do you need to tell them?
My older sister needed to tell our dad. He had provided well for us but his domineering style left her needing some self-respect. I…"
I grew up in a Christian home and found help opening my eyes to the truth through The Thinking Atheist podcast.
In a Relationship
Why are you here?
I was raised in a Christian family and opened my eyes once my parents moved to a different state and I wasn't sheltered from the world anymore.
I was confused and doubted my religion and read about many religions. I found The Thinking Atheist on a podcast and felt comfort and a weight off my shoulders on having all my questions answered.
The religion you left
Why you left your religion.
I have been sheltered my whole life growing up with my parents, like I was not allowed to watch the Disney movie Pocahontas until I was in high school because of the spirits in the tress and the rocks. Once my parents moved to a different state after I graduated high school, I opened my eyes more to what was being preached at church and it didn't make sense to me at all. I never really payed attention to the teachings growing up, usually I slept on my moms lap.
My friend and her boyfriend were expecting a baby after only one month of dating. They were frowned upon from everyone at church and all we heard were whispers and gossip about them. The pastor told them they both had to go in front of the church and tell everyone from that sermon that they were expecting a baby.
I couldn't believe they did that, the pastor had no right and had no business to do that to my friends. The church also told them they had to get married or they were going to hell.
I took a step back and told them to leave that church, but they got married anyway and are now divorced. That made me realized organized religion was horrible. Then I started to read the bible on my own and realized the stories on the bible were ridiculous and I felt foolish believing what I was taught.
I found The Thinking Atheist while reading on different religions and found all my answers. I felt comfort... now to tell my parents I have no religion and I am an Atheist.
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