My birthday is coming up very soon and my parents usually send me a little something every year. This year is a bit different. I received my new testament bible from 1995 (when I was 9) that I purposely boxed up with the rest of my parents bibles as they moved out of state. My father left a note saying he found it and wanted to return it to me, also saying, "Always remember your mom and I pray for you and I hope you find comfort in these pages of the bible and the knowledge of god who gave himself on the cross of Calvary."
I know my parents mean well and do this out of love, but I am having trouble telling them that I am no longer a believer. I grew up in a Christian home since I was a newborn. I opened my eyes more once my parents moved to Oregon and I stayed in California. My parents sheltered me from the world, and once they were gone, I found so much truth on my own.
It would hurt my parents to tell them I believe in nothing. They know I am not Christian but I never put a label on it. Once I tell them I am an Atheist, it would hurt them a lot, so I have not told them what I am in almost eight years.
So now I was asked if I read my bible. I haven't answered back yet because I finally want to tell them who I am. I am just not sure how to say it to them.