I skipped church today. It’s the first time I’ve done that in years, unless I was traveling on a Sunday or was sick.

Usually I go to my parents’ church, or a different church closer to where I live. Every week my parents ask me where I went to church, what they talked about, what I thought of it. I’m not out to my parents about my religious questioning, and I don’t like lying, so it’s always just been easier for me to go to a church. Plus I like church; I like the songs, I like getting together with people, I even sort of like the praying—and once in a while (though less and less often) I hear a good sermon.

But today I was laying around and I thought, why should I spend several hours of my always too-short day going to a place I don’t really like to sing songs I no longer agree with and hear a message that is meaningless to me?

It’s funny because I’m still in a stage where I think about atheism probably more than is necessary. So, in a sense, I’m thinking about God all the time, even though I don’t read my bible. I read atheist blogs every day, I think, and am preoccupied with questions of belief more than might be healthy. But of course that’s not the kind of spirituality that’s expected of me. What’s expected of me is that I go to church every single week.

Views: 135

Comment by Belle Rose on February 2, 2014 at 2:32pm
I LOVE Sundays. I spend all day lounging around playing with my so, cleaning and cooking for the week. It's funny how Christians consider it a "day of rest" but to me, getting dressed up, driving to church, checking my kid into the "sunday school" and making sure he has a change of clothes, sitting in the sermon, going BACK for my child.....it's actually very stressful for me as a single mom. I would much rather curl up with a book, or read Reg's Sunday school, or just plain SLEEP!!! The best thing about being an Atheist is you get to sleep in on Sundays, and I always do ;)
Comment by Belle Rose on February 2, 2014 at 2:33pm
*playing with my son..., lol...correction.
Comment by pxlgirl on February 2, 2014 at 2:43pm

it's weird for me to see this even being an issue, as I often forget what day it is. LOL

Comment by Doug Reardon on February 2, 2014 at 2:57pm

Aren't we supposed to worship the sun?

Comment by Reg The Fronkey Farmer on February 2, 2014 at 5:50pm

Other people’s expectations of you will keep you on your knees, just like church does. I am however listening to this while I type. I like the comment from Plato that someone posted.

For a man to conquer himself is the first and noblest of all victories

Comment by Davis Goodman on February 2, 2014 at 11:07pm

Church is a waste of your valuable time.


You need to be a member of Think Atheist to add comments!

Join Think Atheist

Support T|A

Think Atheist is 100% member supported

All proceeds go to keeping Think Atheist online.

Donate with Dogecoin



Torture Works

Started by Unseen in Ethics & Morals. Last reply by Unseen 7 minutes ago. 14 Replies


  • Add Videos
  • View All

Services we love

We are in love with our Amazon

Book Store!

Gadget Nerd? Check out Giz Gad!

Into life hacks? Check out LabMinions.com

Advertise with ThinkAtheist.com

© 2014   Created by Dan.

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service