I grew up in a family that went to church on holidays and said grace before meals, so you could say we weren't the strictest Christian family, we just worshipped when it was most convenient. From a early age I always questioned everything especially religion! It was always so frustrating when I asked a question and the only answer I ever seemed to get was, "That is the way the lord wants it." I always thought that was one bogus excuse of an answer.

One day I even asked my mom why God was any better than Satan? My question was met with angered eyes and fear. I just couldn't understand what was wrong with my inquiry, I mean the Devil punished the wrong doers and in my mind that was no different the sending a criminal to prison. (I still don't think that Satan is the evil one of the two) Well anyways my mom started sobbing and yelling and asking God where she had gone wrong with raising me. 

By my early teens I was tired of unanswered questions and started heavily researching religion and not just Christianity, I studied every religion I could find to see if any of them would fit my beliefs better. I gave myself the chance that every child should get, a chance for self-discovery. I've read about so many different religions that when I came to conclusion that I was Atheist it made me even more sure that I wasn't missing out on anything crucial. 

I still have friends and family who embrace the "holy lord" as their savior and most of them know that I am Atheist and it always makes them ask, "Why?" I've done enough research and am firm enough in my beliefs to have a basic debate with them but when they start siting the bible I am at a loss for words. You see I've never read the bible cover to cover, I mean sure I know the parts that show god is almighty and glorious but we never went over the horrible stuff in church or at home. I've spent a lot of time on Think Atheist and there are several quotes and post challenging Christians to read the bible and though I am not Christian I think that reading it as an Atheist will help in my fight against religion. 

So my mission for as long as it takes is I am going to read every single page of the bible. Not for the sake of finding religion but for the sake of learning about a religion I was suppose to follow and fear without questioning, so that I have a stronger defense when people accuse me of being a lost soul or immoral. Maybe I can even convert a few new members to Atheism with my newfound knowledge. 

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Comment by Doc Feral on May 4, 2012 at 11:47pm

Kayla.. You may want to watch this.. 

Comment by Dale Headley on May 5, 2012 at 1:42pm

I have read the Bible, cover to cover; let me summarize:

Genesis: hilarious

Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy - horrifying

The rest of the book, deadly boring!

If you want to read just one small portion to get a sense of the entire Bible, read II Kings, 2:23&24.  If that doesn't make you reject Christianity, once and for all, you are brain dead.

Comment by Sagacious Hawk on May 5, 2012 at 5:37pm

I actually like the book of Job. Ending sucks. It's a deus ex deus sort of deal, but half of the book is this poor guy Job wailing about how unjust his god is. Pretty interesting.

Comment by Ron V on May 5, 2012 at 9:20pm

Read the Bible, and I recommend the following:

Who Wrote the Bible, Friedman

Jesus, Interrupted, Ehrman

Possible others:

The Born Again Skeptic's Guide to the Bible, Green

Biblical Nonsense, Long

The Encyclopedia of Biblical Errancy, McKinney

The End of Biblical Studies, Avalos







And, no need to try and "convert." I think most people who think for themselves and live long enough generally realize religion is bunk and at least become agnostic.

Comment by Doc Feral on May 5, 2012 at 9:29pm

@Sagacious Hawk or just read  Heinlein's "Job: A Comedy of Justice" .. lol

Comment by SteveInCO on May 5, 2012 at 9:41pm

Raciest part (if you are "into" animals):  Ezekiel 23:20.  Read it in the New International Version or the New Revised Standard Version; the KJV uses euphemisms.  Or you could read the whole of Ezekiel 23.

Another disgusting part is Psalm 137.

Comment by Jimmy Russell on May 5, 2012 at 11:48pm

good luck

Comment by Atheist Exile on May 6, 2012 at 1:18am

There are MANY great stories in the Old Testament but in between them is a lot of inane repetition and superfluous details. You WILL fall asleep reading it. :-) Be ready for a long, slow, ride.

The New Testament is better and it really pays to know it well. Many Christians discount the Old Testament, claiming that Jesus made a new covenant which is all they need to worship him. Be on the lookout for how Jesus sees women, family and slaves. His attitude reflects the mores of ancient Jews . . . not of a timeless, perfect, God.

Comment by Atheist Exile on May 6, 2012 at 7:31am

I, and many other atheists, have done exactly what Kayla plans on doing. I far as I can tell, it's a natural extension of freethought: the more you know, the better decisions you can make. In the case of supporting/defending atheism or debating religion, the more you know, the better arguments you can make.

If you don't plan to engage others in your atheism, then there might not be a desire or need to learn about religion and freethought. But I see this as short-sighted . . . knowledge is never a bad thing. Learning for its own sake is always a good thing.

Comment by Dennis Smith on May 6, 2012 at 7:53am

I think this is laudable. There are certainly some parts you can skim, like the genealogies. However, to be more familiar with it will enable you to present a more balanced perspective. Most Christians cherry pick the Bible focusing on the passage they like and which are palatable.

However, that is a contradiction of their dogma that the WHOLE Bible is the very Word of God and accurately reflects what God has actually said and done. To the extent the Bible is supposed to present the character and personality of God, you need the WHOLE picture and not just the "good" stuff.

I am a member of The Clergy Project which is made up of current and former ministers who are now atheists. One theme is clear. The more you know about the Bible and take seriously, the less you will believe of the "Biblical Faith". How can someone SERIOUSLY shrug their shoulder when God slaughters 70,000 of his own people because David, the king, orders a census? This is especially true when in one passage it says God incited David to order the census and in another that Satan incited David! What sort of justice and goodness is this?

That is just the tip of the iceberg.


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