Sent in by Jerry S
-36 yrs. old & grew up in a very strict Christian household.
-I always knew I had my own analytical mind, but my parents & the church at large found the only way to heel me (as in a dog) was to use an over abundance of guilt & the 'fire & brimstone' method.
-Tried to fit into the pathology of the Christian mindset, but all along, all the stuff that seemed to be doing it for others, just didn't connect with me.
-2007: came across an e-book that finally hit the nail on the head for me.
Anyway, as I mentioned, I am very analytical, but somehow I got brainwashed into the whole hocus pocus of the prayer & faith argument. 'Just keep praying' my mother always warned me. 'You need to just have faith,' I heard from almost everyone else.
OK, but those 'solutions' just didn't seem to be logical or make any real difference. I reasoned that for the this whole thing to be of any use, the bible must serve some practical purpose, so I gave it many chances to see if there would be real world results.
I then came to the conclusion that it was not going to work for me, as I kept hearing the excuses of 'in gods time' or 'that's just the will of god' or 'you must have faith' or my personal favourite: 'he chooses not to answer'
Long story short, in '07 I found that e-book & the penny dropped for me. That book literally says exactly everything I have been thinking for years. So, instead of a long recital here, go read that book start to finish which should clarify so many things for so many sad & concerned people:
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)