Atheism is not a belief, but the lack of belief. However I have taken that extra step, and actually believe that there are no gods.
I used to be a Lutheren Christian, and actually believed most of the stuff. The process of loosing my faith (in religion) came gradually, but mostly came from highschool where I had Biology and Biochemistry which showed me the true nature of life on earth. I was taught, and saw with my own eyes how evolution would change life right infront of me. I never believed in a young earth, so with that last straw removed, my faith in religion drowned completely. Some years later I gained "faith" (the active belief that there infact are no gods) again. While I was training in the army, I spend a night on guard duty in a foxhole. The sky was exceptionally clear (and cold!), there was no moon so the darkness was almost complete. I have never seen as many stars as I saw that night, and while I was looking at them I suddenly realized that I was looking deep, deep into the abyss of space. As the saying goes, "ehrn you stare into the abyss, the abyss stares back at you.", and it did. I thought of the unfathomable distances out there, and I felt so small and insignificant. It suddenly dawned on me that, somthing as small and insignificant as me, infact the entire human race could not be the center of creation, and there not only "properly" was no gods, but there WERE NO GODS.
I'm a Christian because of events in my life as well. It's not as powerful as your testimony however and since I'm shy I'll refrain from expounding on the details. But hey another non-denominational Christian! *high five*
It's really cool to hear other peoples testimonies though and learning why others believe what they do.
I was raised Christian. It never really clicked with me but I was too scared to doubt it because of the fear of hell. It also tainted my education, causing me to disregard evolution, the big bang, and the notion of an earth older than 10000 years.
Once I got older and I started doing more research, it became harder and harder to believe there was a god. Once I totally removed it from the equation, the world made so much more sense, and I am a much happier person now
I think you're better off seeking help for your mental health. Hallucinations are serious, and given your suicide attempt, I can only recommend you seek help immediately before it happens again.
Other than that, I was born. Like all babies, I had no concept of religion. I was not indoctrinated and I was encouraged to learn and make up my own mind. So I did. I've remained an atheist since the day I was born and I see the problems religion, if it doesn't cause, worsens. In particular, the area of mental health. Schizophrenia in particular; it's wicked that people would treat their hallucinations as 'demons' or 'gifts from god'. These people need help, not god.
Ink-RobertsonFeatured By OwnerDec 18, 2012Student Traditional Artist
Again, your not giving proof but your own opinion. If God was real,this wouldn`t be so, if he was not real this would be true. Then you have to have disprove God as well as provide proof of a baby born with a lack of belief.