You're to young to be an atheist wait until your older.

I have lived in a house were religion isn't very prominent. Church always took second place to sports and as me and my brothers grew older we started to only go on Christmas and Easter. When I was younger I would always despise going to church but I had been taught that god was real and so was heaven and hell. Well by the time I hit about 13 I started thinking about atheism. There was a boy in my class who was an atheist and from an atheist family. I laughed at him once for saying "Thank God I'm An Atheist". He was the one that showed me that god doesn't have to exist. I always knew there were other religions but I never considered one that didn't believe in a god. After contemplating it I realized I could not for the life of me find a reason to have faith. It seemed illogical at this point. At fourteen I had declared myself an atheist. Living in Canada is much better then say living in Texas in terms of acceptance for atheist and acceptance from family. So my family eventually got wind of my atheism and my dad talked to me about it. I was surprised because I didn't even think he was that religious at all . He told me I was only 15 and there was some things I don't understand. He said I was a Christian and when I was older and I have read the bible I could make that choice.

I am here to ask you what you think. Am I too young have I rushed into this? I try to look for god but I have never found him. I don't understand religion it all seems so silly and illogicall but I am at the know it all stage of my life so maybe I haven't thought this through like I should have. Thoughts ?

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Comment by Seth Hunter peterson on January 21, 2012 at 12:18am

I'm 16, your never too young to think for yourself, Fuck Indoctrine

Comment by Gabriela Menicucci on January 21, 2012 at 12:24am

If you are a rational person god will seem to you illogical at 15 aswell as when you are 85. The older you get the deeper you will get into atheism as science day after day has proven there's no need for a god.

Comment by Mike Cole on January 21, 2012 at 12:34am

"I don't understand religion it all seems so silly and illogicall but I am at the know it all stage of my life so maybe I haven't thought this through like I should have. "

The fact that you can make a statement such as this suggests you are already THINKING for yourself and not just going against things out of "teen angst" or whatever.  But it will help the family dynamics etc. if you simply humor them and read more about it as they would like you to.  If it hasn't happened already, you'll know the bible better than them pretty soon and be able to challenge about anything.  Your Dad's approach at least was to talk about it rather than try and lay down dogma - maybe you can eventually get HIM to see the light too.

Hang in there!

Comment by Morgan Matthew on January 21, 2012 at 12:35am
I agree with Gabriela.

My personal thoughts are simply this. Once you start asking questions, never stop. You might be surprised what you might find. There is nothing more beautiful in this world than thinking on your own. Never forget that.
Comment by Drake Arsement on January 21, 2012 at 2:29am

Lol no, you're never 'too young' to think in a different way than other people. Although, maybe what your father means is to not be 100% sure about something, and then end up being ignorant about it. You can be an atheist, but just don't get in that mind set that many people, believers and non-believers alike, do and not ever occasionally doubt yourself.

Comment by Kenny Howse on January 21, 2012 at 3:08am
I became an atheist at about 13 as far as I can recollect and although I've explored other belief systems such as buddhism and agnosticsm it always came back to the same thing all religions are bullshit! My advice to you for what it's worth is increase your knowledge, read the bible, read The God Delusion and God is not Great and don't ever let anyone browbeat you into irrational belief.
Comment by Michael on January 21, 2012 at 7:42am

"I am here to ask you what you think. Am I too young have I rushed into this?"

You are never too young to begin thinking for yourself. Just be sure that is what you are doing. My advice to you would be to go ahead and read the bible. Make sure you do it with a critical mind. Or you could wait until you are older before you begin thinking about all these questions just don't allow yourself to be indoctrinated into another persons way of thinking.

Comment by Barry Eckert on January 21, 2012 at 8:11am

My atheism began at around 15, when I transferred from a Church of Christ operated private school to a public school gifted program. (Wow, talk about mental whiplash.. like a time machine from the 14th century to Star Trek). I started learning just how censored my education had been, and how I had been lied to, and got very very angry.

I'm a little older now :) (49, just a tad older). My views haven't really changed, though I have questioned them from time to time, especially during periods of real crisis (like being homeless) when an imaginary friend would have been comforting. Even then, though, I kept returning to the same conclusion, that theism is a stinking POS.

Comment by Robert Karp on January 21, 2012 at 8:44am

I say, no you're not too young, but I would also take your dad up on his challenge and ask him for a bible and read the crap out of it! I mean really get into it!!! Once you stumble upon the versus telling you rape and murder and incest and child abuse are all ok, then you can go back to him and ask him about them. I've found the best atheists are the most educated and they know ALOT about what the bible says. This is a good way to peruse the bible the find the worst of the worst. They cover the bibles (new and old) and the book of moron, um i mean mormon, and the kuran. Arm yourself young sir! The more you show your dad and all those around you, you have actually looked at and rejected the alternatives based on reason, then they will have nothing to say!!!!

Comment by Akshay Bist on January 21, 2012 at 8:51am

Well if you want to discuss it further you could tell your father that he's got it ass backwards(don't put it exactly like that, paraphrase). Your atheism is a result of you figuring out that a god seems implausible & (I'm guessing) lack of any evidence for any god. It doesn't stem from not knowing enough, not agreeing with and/or misunderstanding the bible.

Telling you that you're a christian doesn't change anything. At most they could get you to shut up & go along with the rituals, without ever really believing in them. If he wants you to be a christian, then he should explain to you why god exists, and why does it have to be a christian god.


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