posted on Nov, 17 2010 @ 07:18 PM
Great thread! What is a teapotist?
I came to my atheism only after allowing myself to be alone in my own head. I have a theory that a lot of people censor their own thoughts from god,
and thus themselves.
For example, I was raised Baptist, and I was taught that god knows what you're going to think before you even think it. I was also taught that satan
was the father of all doubt, lies, and dissent. Add that to the "fact" that god and his Bible are perfect (and not products of man) and to the
"fact" that thinking a sin is the same as committing a sin, you have no good
reason to question anything. At all. Ever.
I was very busy stamping out pesky questions before god could notice them forming. All the while knowing it was futile, because according to the
Bible, god knew what I was going to think before I did. It seemed I was born screwed. But I thought maybe trying not to think things counted for
After a few years of these impossible mental gymnastics and the guilt associated with them, I realized I actually hated
god enough to
to be sent to hell. Only then did I allow myself free reign of my thoughts. This led to much exploration and self-discovery. In the
realm of religion, I explored every single one until finally embracing atheism (what a relief!)
There are so many other catalysts to becoming an atheist, religion was simply mine. Obviously there are atheists with no religious background. What
it really comes down to is free-thinking.
"Although I cannot move and I have to speak through a computer, in my mind I am free."
- Stephen Hawking
(Side note: For the atheists that were never religious I'd like to point out that even though god is not real, a person's relationship with god is
VERY real to them. It has the same emotional consequences as any other relationship that falls apart does. Atheists don't have a network of support
like churches do. Don't be afraid to reach out to those struggling with the idea of atheism.)