I am Jewish, but I do not believe in God. Judaism has a tremendous amount of beauty and wisdom. I also find the teachings of Buddhism enlightening and very instructive in living a constructive life. I believe that many traditions, religious and non, offer wisdom. While for a very long time I identified myself as agnostic, I realize now that I cannot relate to the God/Higher Power concept that dominate our world. I believe in my own power to make reasonable decisions and to thereby change my life for the better.
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My son just completed 32 days of in patient rehab for drug addiction, and is now living in a half-way house and trying to get his life on track. I began going to Nar-Anon (12 step program for families and friends of addicts)for support and to understand the dynamics of addiction in a family. I am always uncomfortable with the God/Higher Power stuff, and the steps that clearly revolve around Christianity. At the same time, my son (20) is turned off to the same thing. He believes that the decision to stop using is his decision, and his decision alone. He will not work with a sponsor or go to NA/AA meetings because they preach that you can't recover if you don't accept God . . . I decided to look for information on a 12 step program for people like my son and me. Googling "12 step program for atheists" brought me to your website. I couldn't be more pleased, and have forwarded the program outlined on your website to my son.
The religion you left
Why you left your religion.
I didn't leave Judaism; I simply don't believe in God. It is easy to follow Jewish teachings without believing in God. As a Jew, you are not required to declare a belief in God. You simply commit to leading a life consistent with the values and mores of Jewish teachings.
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Googled "12 Step Programs for Atheists"
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