Hello everyone at TA! My name is Nathan Bauder. I am 18 years old and have been an atheist for about 4-5 years. It actually started out as agnostisism, and as I grew older and gave everything some heavy thought, I finally converted to Atheism.

I realized that the Bible is NOT truth, nor anything like that, but a book created by man, for man. That God can't possibly love everyone he supposedly created, if he "hates" homosexuals and lets thousands of starving children in third-world countries die. That science and technology heal people, not clasping hands in prayer. That someone who repents, no matter what the sin is (murder, stealing, etc.) automatically has his/her slate wiped clean and allowed into "heaven". None of it made any sense.

I also beleived that homosexuality WAS wrong, and that it was a sin and something to make fun of when I was younger. Until recently, when I met a friend who I got to know so well that I eventually deveolped a "crush" on him. Then I knew that gender doesn't matter a bit at all. (Buuut I digress...)

My goal here is to keep on learning, really. Alot of you seem like really nice people, and I can't wait to get to know you fellas.

 

Thanks for reading!

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Comment by _7654_ on May 8, 2011 at 8:44pm
Well, welcome to the think Atheist, hope you have a good time here. Coming from the agnostic side tells me that you have given the matter plenty of thought, and that is a good thing. specially on "thinking " atheist :-)
Comment by Walter Maki on May 8, 2011 at 11:08pm

Welcome to TA Nate.

You are fortunate to be free from delusion at such a young age.

 

Comment by Robert Karp on May 9, 2011 at 8:55am

I also beleived that homosexuality WAS wrong, and that it was a sin and something to make fun of when I was younger.

 

Nate welcome to TA and I applaud your break into reason and free thought. Of many of the "sins" of the Christians, the hate towards the homosexual community is something that I have no tolerance for.  If there was a man such as Christ, he would've accepted everyone regardless of their sexual orientation. Any argument to say otherwise is idiotic. You are a free thinker now. Be proud of it. Stand up and speak out.  If you need advice or have questions please ask us.

Comment by Big Fella on May 9, 2011 at 12:26pm

Hi Nate, Welcome to Think Atheist. 

I'm happy to hear that you live your life to the fullest without the burden of religious dogma on your shoulders, I do hope that you continue to find and enjoy love in whatever form suits you best.

Comment by Nate Bauder on May 9, 2011 at 4:46pm
Thank you all for the warm welcome, and I hope to be a thriving part of this forum soon :)
Comment by Shamari on May 9, 2011 at 8:10pm
Welcome! You're absolutely right, none of it really makes any sense. I look forward to seeing more of your posts :)

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