Have you always been an atheist?

@MarkyB21 (1545)
May 2, 2007 12:07pm CST
Were you broght up as an atheist or did you become an atheist at a later stage of you life? I was not brought up as an atheist, I became an atheist due to a gradual realisation of the truth. How about you?
2 people like this
11 responses
• United States
2 May 07
I don't think someone "becomes" an atheist so much as realizes they already are one! I was in 4th grade, in Catholic school during science class when I raised my hand and asked Sister Mary the following question. . "If God created the world in 7 days and man on the last day, but dinosaurs have existed for millions of years, but dinosaurs never lived when people lived, then which one is true? The dinosaur story or the Bible?" One week later I was expelled from Catholic school and enrolled in public school. I grew up to be a science major. I have a BS in physics and minored in biology and am currently working on a Masters in nuclear engineering. I don't think I've even looked back once.
2 people like this
@MarkyB21 (1545)
2 May 07
You were expelled for asking a question? That's worrying, children should always be encouraged to ask questions in my opinion. If we go through life not questioning things and just accepting them we never live.
1 person likes this
• United States
2 May 07
Essentially, yes. I was expelled for asking a question. I think the term they used was "disorderly conduct". Apparently kids in Catholic school are supposed to hear two opposing theories, but just accept both of them separately without question. And people wonder why atheists treat religion as a joke. .
2 people like this
• Canada
2 May 07
HAHA, thats pretty funny how you were expelled?? thats pretty funny, how open minded is the cahtholic church now?
2 people like this
@PsychoDude (2018)
• Netherlands
2 May 07
I haven't been raised with a religion, but not really raised as an atheist either. I simply made the decision for it myself as science appealed me more than religion.
2 people like this
@MarkyB21 (1545)
2 May 07
Religion actually appeals to me more than atheism - I would love to believe that leading a good life will allow me into some form of paradise and that I will be re-united with my loved ones. Unfortunately I don't believe this (because I have never seen ANY evidence). I don't have faith in what I can't see or prove so I'm an atheist by default.
2 people like this
@glamgrl (384)
• Ireland
3 May 07
couldnt have put it better myself
2 people like this
@ByronEA (109)
• United States
19 Jul 08
I wish I could be a theist. Life would be so much simpler. I mean, people look at me like I'm a bad person because I don't believe in any gods. I've been called immoral, devil worshiper, self-worshiper, and many other things. Even life as a Deist was a bit easier!
1 person likes this
• Canada
2 May 07
i have always thought that religion was BS and was a deist for a very long time, until i was 15.. from that, i researched and found out that not even an omnipotent god makes sense... now im trying to disprove the idea of "everyone is god" i dont believe in it, but i must disprove it before i consider myself a true atheist.
1 person likes this
@MarkyB21 (1545)
2 May 07
I'm not aware of the 'everyone is god' idea, can you tell me any more about it?
• Canada
2 May 07
you know, the idea that "god is in all of us" and that basicly all of us our god.. iuno, that would explain why he is "omnipotent" but that would meen that he is not his own being, which then raises the question why we should worship him
1 person likes this
@MarkyB21 (1545)
2 May 07
That's the first time I've heard of that, thanks for posting it. I've never understood why god is supposed to be worshipped - why would an all powerful being want humans to worship him/her/it?
@inked4life (4227)
• United States
2 May 07
I wasn't raised with any kind of religion and was pretty much left by my parents to come to my own conclusions in what I believe (something I am also trying to do with my own kids). It was from reading about both sides of the story that I came to be an atheist. Everything just made more sense to me logically than believing in some kind of supreme being....a little to far-fetched for my way of thinking.
1 person likes this
@MarkyB21 (1545)
2 May 07
I think that's a good approach with your kids, I hope you can accept whatever choices they make and support their decision.
@ByronEA (109)
• United States
20 Jul 08
My fiancee and I (after much fighting) decided we were gonna raise our daughter that way. She's only 10 months, and its been hard. And the interpretation of us raising our daughter has been called into question a few times. Like, I thought we should avoid exposing her to religion until she is older (and my fiancee at first agreed), but people on my fiancee's side can't take a hint. Like my fiancee's grandmother keeps singing Jesus Loves Me and Jesus Loves the Little Children. Then my fiancee says "You can't teach an old dog new tricks", or "You can't change an old lady. She's done it for every baby in my family!" Then she says "But I thought we were gonna let her make up her own mind, not seclude her from all religions!" Oy vey!
1 person likes this
@whywiki (6070)
• Canada
2 May 07
We had an anglican church at the corner of our street. I was sent to Sunday school for a year or so. One day I decided I thought it was really stupid. I was five at the time and just walked out of the church and never returned. My parents allowed me that option. I was agnostic for years and years as I wanted to keep my options open. My hubby has been an atheist his whole life much to his parents dismay. When I told him I was agnostic he asked me how I could believe at all and I said I was keeping my options open in case I was wrong. He asked me a few questions and made me realize that I was being silly because how can there possibly be a god, it doesn't make any sense what so ever. All I really had to do was think about it and it was like a light went on above my head and I realized I really was an athiest.
@MarkyB21 (1545)
2 May 07
I also went through a stage of being 'agnostic' before finally accepting the fact that there is no supernatural force that created us or that influences our lives. If I ever see proof to the contrary I would change my mind but other people telling me there's a god of some form is NOT proof. I think a lot of people who are agnostic simply don't want to believe that there's nothing there even though deep-down they know there isn't.
@whywiki (6070)
• Canada
4 May 07
I agree, it is hard to accept that there is nothing else, I think that is what keeps agnostics agnostic. I think the only thing that would make me a believer is if god himself came to see me and he brought proper I.D.!
1 person likes this
@boxieblue (336)
• India
25 Jul 08
my story is more or less the same. i was once a HUGE believer...always the first at any religious event....but that was in my childhood. i gradually lost my belief. i am now stuck between atheism and agnostism........
1 person likes this
@MarkyB21 (1545)
27 Aug 08
Thanks to everyone who responded to this post!
@ByronEA (109)
• United States
19 Jul 08
I grew up Christian, the conservative flavor. My family gradually got into the Hebraic roots of the faith, and by the time I was 18 I was in the sacred names movement. Then, a discussion with a friend (Christian friend) led me to doubt the authenticity of the Bible, and I became a Deist. After a while, though, I realized my rationalizations of god belief were pretty weak, and I did some soul searching. The greatest irony of all was that I became an atheist on the National Day of prayer last year. weird, huh?
@cliff19id (307)
• Indonesia
1 Jun 07
become atheist is one reason, no one can prove God
1 person likes this
@jimbomuso (950)
4 May 07
I became an atheist because i acme to the realization "what god would create a race with exceptional potential and then say if you do not follow my ways I will denyyou understanding" I'm with Douglas Adams on this one "seeking god is like shouting at rain"
1 person likes this
@glamgrl (384)
• Ireland
4 May 07
ps hi friend!
1 person likes this
@glamgrl (384)
• Ireland
4 May 07
hi marky im with you on this one ive always been an atheist but i see being religous(spell?) as a gift-i mean it must be v comforting! i would never try to convert someone to atheism.if you are an atheist you are. maybe there is a faith gene,if there is i dont have it-the idea of a god or gods seems preposterous to me-there you go
1 person likes this