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Originally posted by Astyanax
reply to post by Astarfaraway
Father of Jesus, love's reward
What rapture will it be
Prostrate before thy throne to lie
And gaze and gaze on thee!
I had to sing that in my school chapel choir when I was about ten.
'Cripes,' I thought, 'heaven sounds duller than ditchwater. Nothing to do for all eternity but stare at God... I'm out of here.'
My journey away from faith began there.
You're looking for character cues on ATS? Unless one of your characters is a paranoid fantasist, this is probably the wrong place. As a source of plot ideas, however, it's absolutely amazing.
If my own experience and the others detailed above don't float your boat, you might consider the paradigmatic example of Charles Darwin, who clung to his faith despite the evidence of his own studies, until the death of a beloved daughter drove him away from religion.
Your character could have had something happen to him - the death or disappearance of a loved one - that convinces him that God is either cruel, heedless or nonexistent.
One of my best friends was caught in the 2004 Asian tsunami. He survived and his behaviour through the succeeding days of chaos and desperation was that of a hero. Literally dozens of people owe their lives to him. But when it was all over he'd lost the staunch Christian faith he'd had before.
It happens a lot.
Originally posted by Monger
I don't necessarily identify as atheist, but rather as agnostic. Close enough for government work I suppose.
While I'm open to the idea of some higher intelligence in one way or another governing nature, I see no evidence to support this in the world around me. I see trees, animals, insects - nature's creation. I also see cars, streets, homes - humanity's creation.
I don't feel like I need to answer at the end of my life for actions I've taken during my life, and because of this I refuse to live my life according to the antiquated ideals of religious zealots who died centuries ago.
Biblical life has no relevance to modern life beyond that it represents a historical period in the history of mankind.
In the next few centuries I genuinely believe that organized religion will become rarer and rarer, until it eventually disappears. And the world will surely be a better place.
Perhaps in a thousand years, humans who have advanced technologically beyond anything we can currently imagine will look back at humanity's history of praying to assorted Magical Men in the Sky and laugh at how foolish we were.
Call it a dream for the future.
The universe is too vast for me to know everything in it. If there is anything out there that cares about humans, it's never made its presence known to me or to anyone I know, so I find just no reason to believe. I’ve also read the bible ( wanted to see what I didn’t believe in), but that experience just left me wondering how anybody could believe it.
The path, I think, is unimportant. The thing is that I came to a very penetrating question, one that made me rethink my entire perception of reality. "Why do I believe what I believe?"
I couldn't answer because this religion was pushed on to me by religious parents and a church. I have to make my own decisions, not have it done for me, that's taking advantage of the trusting nature of children. I can't be kind about this.
as well as using the best descriptive, non-lengthy words (you want to write at a 7th or 8th grade reading level for fiction) is best helped through some guidance...
You should write that fiction book!
I am an athiest, because there is just as much, if not more proof of the existence of Santa Claus, as there is god, or jesus.
Both have holidays, and Ive never seen either of them.
And neither has anyone else.