sent in by ARTIST"X"
The other day I was walking into a store minding my own business and an older man came up to me and handed me a paper and said "God can put a smile back on your face". I struck back by tossing his paper onto the ground and i said "i hope you god helps you get out of my way". I walked away with a grin of achievement on my face because in the past I would simply walk away and toss it in the nearest trashcan. Why do they feel the need to impose their beliefs on me in a public place? It would be different if i were a guest visiting his damn church. I admit that I was an ass to this older man but he was pushing his god on me, its like assault and battery with a deadly god. I have always been VERY cautious of churches, god, jesus, and mainly his followers. Why? I dont really know, i was born a Roman Catholic but thanks to my mother i was never forced to attend and I respect her dearly for that. I guess at an early age I questioned alot of the "beliefs" that were pushed on me by others. I saw people giving and giving in the name of "Jesus", and felt the guilt that rained down from the alter for things that i had never done or even heard of at that age.
I tried praying many times and got no response, it was like calling a number and getting a busy signal or leaving a message on a answering machine and no one ever calling back. As an adult I was pressured by my ex-wife to attend, maybe i would find the spiritual healing that i needed i thought. Maybe I just didnt give it a chance as a young person. No I was right as a child but as an adult it was worse. I admire people with true faith and in my opinion that is faith in oneself. I was surrounded by sinners that expected one hour of listening and giving to wash away a weeks worth of sin. Smokers, drinkers, abusers, lyers, wife beaters and drug users is what i was surrounded by. I also meet the "Faithfully Old" who had been married to the same person for 40 years that their whole life was the church.
I am the type of person that is 100% brutally honest with everyone that comes into contact with me and this attitude was looked down upon in churches, and needless to say I was very popular in sunday school for the wrong reasons. I would purposely share my views to totally destroy the lesson plan weekly. My favorite topic is the bible. These people base their lives on a damn fairy tales that were passed down from generation to generation then finally compiled into a series of books. Well finally someone got tired of carrying all of these books and book the series into one long winded novel. And the funny thing is its still a best seller. Have you ever read it? I have twice, because i felt like maybe i missed something the first time. Why base your life on a book that was wrote how many years ago? The lives we live now are so much more complicated compared to then. Our society is filled with sin and temptation everywhere you look. I can remember when people would say you want to go to heaven dont you? You dont want to spend an eternity in hell do you? YOU KNOW WHAT WE ARE IN HELL ITS CANT GET ANY WORSE THAN THIS! IT CAN ONLY GET BETTER HUH? Look at all the pain and suffering that goes on every second...when does this "GOD" step in? Never. Im sorry if you believe in this mystical, powerful individual and his son that died for our sins but you need to pull your head out of your ass and thind about this. If you believe in the story of Adam and Eve then you believe in sleeping with your parents or children. Is that why we are all so messed up? Isnt it proven that family should not mate with each other? If god would have taught about it he should have made Steve and Marry....
In closing, more lives have been taken in the name of religion than all of the wars combined. The Roman Empire killed in the name of Catholic church and the Pope. Every heard of the Crusades? I believe...I believe in myself, my family, things that are touchable, and the theory of evolution. Peace.
How old were you when you became a christian? birth
How old were you when you ceased being a christian? early
What churches or organizations or labels have applied to you?
What labels, if any, would you apply to yourself now? none
Why did you become a christian? born into it
Why did you de-convert? my own beliefs
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Online Reading List
- An Outline of Intellectual Rubbish by Bertrand Russell (1943)
- Bible Teaching and Religious Practice by Mark Twain
- God is Imaginary
- Is there an Artificial God? by Douglas Adams (1998)
- Skeptics Annotated Bible
- The Age of Reason by Thomas Paine (1795)
- Which Way? by Robert Ingersoll (1884).
- Why I Am Not A Christian by Bertrand Russell (1927)