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i was a depressed xians but now a happy Atheist
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i was a depressed xians but now a happy Atheist
my name is Richard
i'm a new and proud ATHEIST Smile
i was raised in a christian home and brainwashed by my parents about religion and God was good and all that.
throughout the years, i began to have questions ,fundamentals questions about life and how things happen such as if that god loves me then why does he allow things like this to happen.
The last couple of years has been hectic for me ,my wife and kids..we've endured so many trials and hardship in our lives and i was still blindly following that god and begging him to help our family and save us to no response.i started to really have doubt and talked about it to fellow christians and even to the senior pastor but i was astounded that they had no answer for me .they had no clear answer for me except the typical stupid christians theology"everything happens for a reason! god wants you to learn something from it that is why he's allowing this to happen bla... bla...
6 months ago, i decided that i could no longer be a christian and go to church because i do believe this god doesn't exist .i made that announcement on morning at a christian men's group from my church.
the huge uproar started not long after that.i was called names such as devil 's worshipper,i was told that i had no moral value and selfish and they even wondered if i was possessed by the devil .
Peoples that we knew from that church and group .completely shunned our entire family .they basically cast us away like if we had the plague.
and to top it off , the company i was working decided to let me go for some stupid reason.one of teh district manager there was one of my friend from church(coincidence?)
anyway! things have drastically changed for the worst for our family.we're on the verge of being on the street because our unemployment benefist ended and i still havent been able to find a job to provide for my wife and 4 small kids.
All because i dared to ask questions and i dare dto speak my mind.
teh reactions and retaliations from those so called "peaceful,loving,caring "christians folks was a big shock for me and my family.
ive never encountered so much hatred and bigotry from peoples that i thought i knew well fro years.
Our families was completely disown and turn away from .
Christian Right bigots who seem to revel in promoting anti-atheist prejudice.its so scary !
I've realized that Coming out as an atheist in any manner, but especially in a very public manner, is dangerous and made even more dangerous by Christians in America. My family and i, we had to pay a dear heavy price for it.but we will not back down! we will not let them beat us down . and somehow i feel a certain peace in me .that somehow i no longer have to hide my feelings and pretend to be someone that i wasn't on sunday.
i try to tell myself every morning ,i'm an atheist and damn proud of it ,i'm strong,i'm powerful,i overcome,and no damn christians are not going to convince me or tell me otherwise.
they wanted to make our family pay for our beliefs and feelings .they succeed in doing that but they will not bent us down.
I just wanted to share my testimonies on how christians can be very vicious and cruel towards folks who dont share their views.
so glad to be here and get to know everyone on here.its good to be "home"
Richard
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RE: i was a depressed xians but now a happy Atheist
(August 29, 2012 at 3:34 pm)richard202 Wrote: so glad to be here and get to know everyone on here.its good to be "home"
Richard

Welcome to the AF family Smile
When I was young, there was a god with infinite power protecting me. Is there anyone else who felt that way? And was sure about it? but the first time I fell in love, I was thrown down - or maybe I broke free - and I bade farewell to God and became human. Now I don't have God's protection, and I walk on the ground without wings, but I don't regret this hardship. I want to live as a person. -Arina Tanemura

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RE: i was a depressed xians but now a happy Atheist
Yep, Rich....they are pretty much all scumbags.
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RE: i was a depressed xians but now a happy Atheist
(August 29, 2012 at 3:34 pm)richard202 Wrote: my name is Richard

Hi, Richard! Smile

Quote:i'm a new and proud ATHEIST Smile

Good for you! How does it feel to throw off the shackles of religious dogma?

Quote:i was raised in a christian home and brainwashed by my parents about religion and God was good and all that.

As was I, and, I suspect, many others on this forum.

Quote:throughout the years, i began to have questions ,fundamentals questions about life and how things happen such as if that god loves me then why does he allow things like this to happen.

Tsk, tsk... Don't you know you're not supposed to ask questions like that?

Quote:I started to really have doubt and talked about it to fellow christians and even to the senior pastor but i was astounded that they
had no answer for me .

Of course they don't have an answer.

Quote:they had no clear answer for me except the typical stupid christians theology"everything happens for a reason! god wants you to learn something from it that is why he's allowing this to happen bla... bla...

When they tell you "everything happens for a reason", ask them what "the reason" could possibly be for a child being born with cerebral palsy.

Quote:6 months ago, i decided that i could no longer be a christian and go to church because i do believe this god doesn't exist .i made that announcement on morning at a christian men's group from my church.
the huge uproar started not long after that.

Wish I could've been there!

Quote:i was called names such as devil 's worshipper

What pinheads! Because you reject their deity, you must be worshipping another being who is part of their mythology? The next time this happens, ask one of these morons if he (or she) believes in Apollo. When they say no, you scream, "ZEUS WORSHIPPER!"

Quote:i was told that i had no moral value

You have no moral value because you reject their deity? Yeah, ain't religion grand?

Quote: and selfish

How the hell is not believing in a god "selfish"?

Quote: and they even wondered if i was possessed by the devil .

How moronic can you get?

Quote:Peoples that we knew from that church and group .completely shunned our entire family .they basically cast us away like if we had the plague.

Because being Christian is all about love and forgiveness....

Quote:and to top it off , the company i was working decided to let me go for some stupid reason.one of teh district manager there was one of my friend from church(coincidence?)

Probably not. But if you can somehow show that you were terminated because you're an atheist, you have one hell of a lawsuit!

Quote:teh reactions and retaliations from those so called "peaceful,loving,caring "christians folks was a big shock for me and my family.

Well, now you're an evil atheist! And Christians think they're the ones who get persecuted!

Quote:ive never encountered so much hatred and bigotry from peoples that i thought i knew well fro years.

You probably could have told these people you like to fuck goats and they would've been supportive and nonjudgemental. But.... you don't believe in their god?!?!? Hide the children!

Quote:Our families was completely disown and turn away from .
Christian Right bigots who seem to revel in promoting anti-atheist prejudice.its so scary !

And these dipshits have the gall to think the world is a better place because of their religion?

Quote:I've realized that Coming out as an atheist in any manner, but especially in a very public manner, is dangerous and made even more dangerous by Christians in America.

At one time, coming out as an atheist would get you burned at the stake. But now you only get scorned, shunned and fired from your job. We're making progress!

Quote:My family and i, we had to pay a dear heavy price for it.but we will not back down!

Good! Don't let the dopes win!

Quote:I just wanted to share my testimonies on how christians can be very vicious and cruel towards folks who dont share their views.

History has shown us quite well how religious loons treat those who don't share their delusions.

Quote:so glad to be here and get to know everyone on here.its good to be "home"

Hope you stick around for a while!
Science flies us to the moon and stars. Religion flies us into buildings.

God allowed 200,000 people to die in an earthquake. So what makes you think he cares about YOUR problems?
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RE: i was a depressed xians but now a happy Atheist
I'm glad to hear that your religious convictions weren't swayed by the negative reaction you received. Just tell them and their self-righteousness to go fuck themselves.
Even if the open windows of science at first make us shiver after the cozy indoor warmth of traditional humanizing myths, in the end the fresh air brings vigor, and the great spaces have a splendor of their own - Bertrand Russell
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RE: i was a depressed xians but now a happy Atheist
Isn't it wonderful how loving Christians, who are told in their bible to love their enemies, throw that all out the window when confronted by someone who doesn't share their beliefs? Been there...

Welcome!
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RE: i was a depressed xians but now a happy Atheist
i sometimes feel like i've let down my my wife and 4 small kids.
did i do the right thing by coming out? we are having to bear the consequences and no one to turn to and we're on our own.
i received an email from someone i know from that church telling me that they forgive me and to come back and confess my wrongs and they will help me and my family.
stuck between sticking on your convictions but then not being able to provide for your wife and kids or let go of your conviction and let them win but on the other hand receiving the help for your wife and kids.
Ive got to make some tough decisions.rent is due,no more foods left for my family.life sucks you know.religions and beliefs don;'t make sense.we're living in a cruel world with folks forcing their beliefs upon you .its either you're with us or against us kind of thing.
sinking into depressions
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RE: i was a depressed xians but now a happy Atheist
YOU did nothing wrong. It's the people you used to know who are doing something wrong by being a bunch of judgmental bigoted jackasses. United only in belief and nothing else seems to be their mantra. Fuck them. Find atheists in your community, talk to them, you'll find more in common than just non-belief with them.
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RE: i was a depressed xians but now a happy Atheist
Now your on the outside you can see how disturbing they really are
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z2GgcCsLG...ure=fvwrel
Welcome, its frightening having to think for your self, but its so worth it.
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RE: i was a depressed xians but now a happy Atheist
Yep, it is a massive shame that in the year 2012 someone is treated like an outcast for simply not believing in bollocks.

Welcome.
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