The Moment I Knew

When I joined this site I wanted to share experiences with other atheist, not rehash arguments I have already been through. Gandi said become the change you wish to see, so here goes. I was raised a southern baptist. I was in college taking religious classes in philosophy and debating with an atheist friend. I got into the shower and about halfway through all the questions and debate lead to an epiphany. I knew I was a hairless monkey. I keep my athiesm a secret for about six months. I had to find a new outlook on life. I no longer needed to glorify God constantly. I could decide what was right and wrong. I did nor need to criticise the ptofessor who had the sex change. I was a whole new wonderful world, but it was also frightening. Having to redifine everything is not easy, but it was worth it.
Darwinandscience Darwinandscience
41-45, M
5 Responses Dec 10, 2012

Organized religion was just a part of a grand conspiracy to control mankind. Did you know the term "conspiracy theorist" was also a conspiracy, in and of itself? Our government needed to create a media blitz - aiming to shame and embarrass concerned Americans - who they feel threatened their ability to deceive or control the masses. So, regardless of whether someone presents cold, hard factual data along with their "theory" ... if it's not on Fox News, they're a crazy-***, tin-foil-hat-wearin' lunatic. Right? "We'd have heard about that by now, if it were true." If I had a wooden nickle for every time a friend of mine said that, I'd have a BIG-*** BOX of wooden nickles. Although I romanticize about what our country once stood for, I am ashamed to be an American today. Our priorities are screwed every way to Sunday, we are arrogant, rude and indifferent to other cultures, beliefs and religions ... and elected into office a Muslim president raised by a Marxist mentor, who has NEVER TO-DATE, PROVIDED A REAL BIRTH CERTIFICATE WHICH PROVES HIS ELIGIBILITY TO BE PRESIDENT. There were men who claimed to have had sex with him (he's gay ... if you're just hearing this now, you have your head stuck up your ***), the ONE AND ONLY WOMAN who could prove the birth certificate was altered ... ALL DEAD. Not even "mysteriously." The gay lovers were killed execution style, the birth certificate forger died in a plane crash. There were 8 people but unfortunately and coincidentally, she was the only who died. What are the chances?Nobody questions this ****.And those of us who care enough to research are mocked by others, as they surf conspiracy sites while watching their pre-recorded "America's Got xxxx" so they sound interesting tomorrow at the water cooler.Yeah. OK. That's right. Educated Americans ... with FACTS ... who have SERIOUS CONCERNS surrounding how/why our elected leaders are disregarding/violating our Constitution rights ... WE'RE THE CRAZY ONES?Yet the people who know, at any given time, what's up with Caitlyn Jenner, what she wore to the last Hollywood Gala ... those people ...ARE NORMAL?WTF???? Seriously, if you have fallen into this media-induced coma and choose not to wake up, I pity yet will not save you, as end times are right around the corner. I love all of my brothers and sisters, however if you choose ignorance live with it. Don't grab onto my leg as you go down. I'll shake you off, because you had your chance and you chose the God of this world. Pick your camp.God forgives, but as the "Creator of Everything" he's not an idiot. If you believe you can blurt out "I believe" when the **** goes down and God will forgive you, you have been seriously brainwashed by media. Does that make sense, or even smell "slightly" of truth? Nope. Believe the news, believe Google page 1 ... live your life as you please, that's what "free will" is all about.However, consider this one thing. If you were WRONG. If **** hits the fan (as per biblical prophecy being fulfilled, as it has), and if there are consequences/punishment for the ****** things you did, without taking responsibility and/or asking for forgiveness ... THEN WHAT? I recommend packing sunscreen and a good hat, I've heard it's as hot as hell down there. Eternity is a LONG TIME to pay for an "oops." WAKE UP, PAY ATTENTION AND BUILD A RELATIONSHIP WITH YOUR CREATOR, BECAUSE END TIMES ARE UPON US.

Can you take a moment and explain to me what’s so wrong with this?

“YOU heard that it was said, ‘You must love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ However, I say to YOU: Continue to love YOUR enemies and to pray for those persecuting YOU; that YOU may prove yourselves sons of YOUR Father who is in the heavens, since he makes his sun rise upon wicked people and good and makes it rain upon righteous people and unrighteous. For if YOU love those loving YOU, what reward do YOU have? (Matthew 5:43-46)

Who said there was anything wrong with that? Jesus was a lovely chap, nobody's said anything to the contrary. I think maybe you're commenting on the wrong story?

Problem is , you're trying to find God's presence in a test tube or a peer-reviewed paper . The good news is , however , reality doesn't operate like that . For instance, precisely what demonstrable , quantifiable , empirical , falsifiable , testable , replicable evidence explicitly establishes that Christopher Columbus landed in America in 1492 or that Yuri Gagarin was the very first man to actually journey to space ?

Just what demonstrable , quantifiable , empirical , falsifiable , testable , replicable evidence do you have demonstrating it’s immoral for an atheist to do this or rape a little girl to death ?

Exactly what demonstrable , quantifiable , empirical , falsifiable , testable , replicable proof is there which proves you ought to care for others and treat them with dignity , honor as well as beneficence ?

Precisely what demonstrable , quantifiable , empirical , falsifiable , testable , replicable explanation is there for why anything exists rather than just nothing at all ?

Or what demonstrable , quantifiable , empirical , falsifiable , testable , replicable explanation is there for the existence of consciousness, intentionality, identity over time, the personal self, belief and all other such immaterial realities?

I am having problems with my smart phone and this sight. I accidiently deleted some comments. My apologies.

It's so worth it. As a former southern baptist, I understand.

Thanks for sharing brother