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Atheists Don't Have Beliefs?

I was not raised very religious. Though my mom, when she was younger, was a very religious person and my father ,when he was alive, did believe in god. I was never made to attend church, though my sister and I did attend a youth bible study type program, but I think that was more of an affordable day care facility for my mom than it was for teaching us about religion.
I never openly said, yes I believe in "God", but I always said I believe in a "higher power"... I just didn't know enough to know what that was.
It wasn't until I was in my early twenties that I really researched it and came to the belief that there is no god.

When I was depressed or saw sadness in others or saw innocent people dying , I would scream in head "why and how can God do this to us?", "why does he let these things happen?". If you ask a believer all they can say is , "well, God works in mysterious ways". I just don't buy that. There is no god. I would pray, even though I didn't know who or what I was praying to. I now realize I was just praying into thin air.

Ever since I've realized that there is no god, I am a much happier person. There is no blame, no guilt, no wonder. Just acceptance of the way things are. My actions are my own, the consequences my own.
The world is  truly an AMAZING place when you realize how it truly came to be and how lucky we are to be here at all.
Try to imagine the world without religion. Think of all the unnecessary wars and killing done "in gods name". I want no part of that.
I don't aspire to change anyones beliefs, and I don't appreciate others trying to change mine.
I understand completely why people need to believe in a higher power, I do. But, I do think it's sad. I do think it is a crutch. I do think you must be weak.

I don't care if you're offended. This is my experience.









I believe in this world
I believe in what I know to be true
I can see you
I can touch it
I can smell that
I can hear us
I can taste this
I believe I CANNOT be CONTROLLED
by  eccentric promises and consequences
I believe in my own force, my own understanding
I BELIEVE IN MYSELF
I do not believe in idealism
And religion is just that
LostRach LostRach 26-30, F 5 Responses Feb 10, 2008

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While I believe there is truth beyond the human senses (e.g. we can't actually see atoms, we just assume they are there), I have to agree that atheism has made me a much happier person!

Life is more colourful, I can live without the inherent guilt religion instills in a person, I don't have the agony of trying to a conceive a god who somehow benevolently allows atrocities to take place :).

Atheist means without belief. It does not prevent you from having beliefs, it just means you do not believe in a higher controlling power.

What a beautiful story! Thanks for sharing.

When I became convinced that the universe is natural, that all the ghosts and gods are myths, there entered into my brain, into my soul, into every drop of my blood the sense, the feeling, the joy of freedom. The walls of my prison crumbled and fell. The dungeon was flooded with light and all the bolts and bars and manacles became dust. I was no longer a servant, a serf, or a slave. There was for me no master in all the wide world, not even in infinite space. I was free — free to think, to express my thoughts — free to live my own ideal, free to live for myself and those I loved, free to use all my faculties, all my senses, free to spread imagination's wings, free to investigate, to guess and dream and hope, free to judge and determine for myself. . . I was free!<br />
Robert Ingersol

You are a beautiful, well informed, realistic, and intelligent, human being. i am sure you will be happy in life..