sent in by Dano
I am sixty-nine years old, and I don't think that I ever was a real Christian. I got baptized a couple of times. Had water sprinkled on me when I was a kid in the Presbyterian church, and got dunked once in a Baptist church, but never really developed a whole lot of interest in becoming a bible scholar.
I know that I don't believe in any of the standard religious stuff, such as God creating the world in six days, sacrificing his son, heaven, hell, angels, or the devil, because it is all so illogical, primitive, and just darn right silly. I think that if there is a God, he has to be a lot smarter, and a lot better person than he is portrayed to be by the religions of the world.
I have done a lot of praying to God, but don't recall any prayer ever being answered, except when I made some definite effort to make it happen myself. I used to say that God must be pleased that I have chucked all of that destructive nonsense, but now I tend to think that if there is a God, he doesn't give a shit what I believe, or what any of the other intelligent monkeys on this insignificant planet, believe. So. it comes down to the fact that it matters only to me and other people trying to figure out the best way to live this short life. I have been a fairly honest person, most of my life, because I figured out at an early age that it was just too confusing to be dishonest, and the human brain was like a computer, "garbage in-garbage out," and that liars may get away with something in the short term, they are usually seen as pathetic as they try to keep up with all their lies.
It's just been in the last few years though that I have come to realize that there must be millions of people out there who never bought the Christian crap. I see the Internet as being the biggest evolution in human knowledge, and if it had existed two thousand years ago, the dark ages and all of that other horrible human drama would never had happened. Being stupid has been the biggest sin of man until the last couple of hundred years. If people could have communicated with each other the way they can today, the priests, and shamans would never have taken control. There would have immediately been a blog where people exposed them as fallible, and not any more knowledgeable about God than the rest of us.
To summarize, I think God has been out to lunch for an awfully long time, and we need to get over it!
Don't think I ever really was.
Gradually realised that I wasn't.
Was: Presbeterian, Baptist
My mother was very religious, but kept it to herself.
The internet helped me realise that a lot of people didn't buy into religion
email: zotzez2002 at yahoo dot com
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)