reply to post by beezwaxes
It was the darndest thing, I went to bed doing my usual prayer about what was going on in my life, you know those selfish little prayers we all do.
And when I got up the next morning I was a total atheist. It was like going to bed all warm and snug and then someone dumped 10 gallons of ice water
on you while you were sound asleep and jerked you wide awake.
Most of the time when I come to a life changing decision it is made through thinking a lot about it, weighing the pros and the cons, thinking,
thinking, then slowly acting.
But not this, I have in the past solved problems while sleeping apparently I think through things in my sleep, letting go of many of the equations
that play a part in the problem during the conscious thinking process, but when asleep nothing crowds into the problem such as any pre-conditioned
thought or ideas, just logic, I can coldly weed out even what my parents, preachers and teachers told me if it is does not stand up to logic.
So you can imagine how I felt that morning, getting my coffee and starting to pray about something that had been bothering me and being literally
stopped in tracks, by what I now saw as the truth and I was not happy about it either. I took comfort in the idea that one day I would again see my
brother and father, that they were with God. I took comfort in the idea that someone was listening and loved me, that someone actually watched over me
and all of my loved ones.
This atheism for me has been painful, it is not what I consciously chose, but once that door has been open and you have walked thorugh it, there is no
going back. You see the emperor as the stark naked fake being you never saw before and no matter how much you want to sew him some silk garments and
dress him back up it just can't be done.
So you see, like you I am not out to really change anyone's religion, though in all honesty I definitely see the danger and the cost of religion if
it taken too far and I appreciate just as much as ever that we must keep religion and state separate, not because I am an atheist, but to protects
everyones right to choose freely about religion and to practice it. This is the same belief and for the same reasons that I believed this as a
To protect one rights to choose to believe what one chooses to believe. What religion would one think is proper to teach in school? If one believes
that they should teach religion in school, in most classrooms, I am betting you would find at least 10 totally different religions, so should they
teach each of the ten for three days and pray and worship according to that religion? Each set of parents would be up in arms. If you only taught one
then the other sets of parents would be up in arms, there is really no pleasing everyone on religion.
I believe they should teach education which have nothing to do with religion and leave the teaching of religion to the families and the churches. So
no I am not against religion for I see the value and the need for many to believe just to get through the day, (it takes a lot more strength to face
the day alone), heck I wish I could believe again. LOL
So, no I don't want to argue with anyone on religion, I just want everyone to learn to respect one anothers choices on this and consider religion a
personal thing and try and practice it without bringing pain to anyone. I want people to realize that our government and the church are two totally
differnet entities so to speak and should remain apart for either to be safe.