New to athetism, and new to an unclouded mind

Growing up I was raised Catholic. But my family wasn't "hardcore" so we didn't go to church much. Yes I was baptized, and did my communion. But I was just going through the motions and didn't really take it that seriously. Then when I was 8 my father was murdered and I grew to hate this God people referred to. I was a young innocent girl and my father was ripped from my home. I thought why would God let this happen to me.

 

As time passed that thought diminished and I tried to be like the rest of my family and friends and believe. I kept bumping into these church programs that wanted people to surrender their life to Jesus. I went along with it half-hearted. The mindset I had was that it was more beneficial to believe than not the believe. Atheist's don't say you will go to hell if you don't subscribe to what they were dishing out.

 

But it was becoming harder to go through life pretending to believe something you really arent't. I recently began reading articles and watching documentaries and listening to podcasts. I've always discounted the non-believers because it was mind-blowing to consider the majority of the population wrong. But that is what I believe. I researched being agnostic and I do believe that things are impossible to know for sure. But I don't believe there is a God, so that would make me an atheist. We are not alone because there are billions of people on the earth. We are here for each other to co-exist and enjoy our time here.

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Comment by Patty J on July 6, 2011 at 10:00pm
Thanks for your response. I definetly agree that people ignore parts of the bible that contradicts the image of God they have in their head.
Comment by Chris on July 6, 2011 at 10:43pm
I had a situation, not like yours in severity, but similar in that much of the positive aspects of faith was tested and found lacking at that same age. That age, in fact, looms heavily in my personal history and always jumps at me when I see other people had experiences at 8 that changed them. I am very sorry about your father, but you are right that we share so much and can find so many ways of deepening each other's experience during our lives that we are never alone.
Comment by Patty J on July 7, 2011 at 1:07am

Thanks Chris,

One of the questions believers put forth towards atheists is, "So you think we are alone then" how can we be alone when there are so many individuals on earth that we share our lives with everyday. We can learn so much from the people around us. They can enlighten us. We shouldn't discredit ourselves because we don't hold a greater power.

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