How did you become an atheist?

Philippines
September 18, 2011 8:37am CST
I've learned that a lot of people now are becoming atheist. I am just curious how you become like that? Were you influence by a friend? You just read or have watched something that changed you, or some people makes you become like that. Can you tell me how and why? Where did it start? And what do you believe in. I mean, how everything started for you. I just want to understand everyone.
4 responses
@petersum (4526)
• United States
18 Sep 11
Why do people with religion always ask about becoming an Atheist? You don't "become" one! Do you believe in God? Is that a hard question? Isn't it a simple yes or no decision? Apparently not! Do you "become" a believer in God? How did it start? Tell me why or how? Just what do you believe in?
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• Philippines
18 Sep 11
I ask how you become atheist. Do atheists afraid to tell people how and when it started? Are you afraid to let us find out why. Are you afraid that you might be wrong in the first place? As I said. I just wanted to understand everyone. In response to your question, I'm a believer since birth. It is what taught to me since I was a kid.
@petersum (4526)
• United States
18 Sep 11
I believe in God but I respect the views of others. God hasn't made me a policeman to interrogate people as to why they don't believe. If you met someone who doesn't believe in ghosts, would you ask the same silly questions?
• Philippines
18 Sep 11
I respect other view as well. I am an open minded individual and I am just curious why and how. Because I don't understand them. I grew up in a place where almost everyone believe in God and when I grew up I meet someone who don't believe and now I'm just shock that there are lots of them who don't believe. That's why I am really curious. Well, Does asking such question make me disrespect others view. Is it bad to ask them? Is it bad to know why? I ask questions that I am interested for an answer. About ghosts I'm not interested to know so I won't ask about that.
@_sketch_ (5711)
• United States
11 Oct 11
Religion was the main influence leading to my atheism. It never made sense to me. I require proof for believing in something and all the information that I came and continue to come across points in the direction of non-belief. I believe that the cosmos is interconnected and interdependent energy, unbiased and indifferent. I believe that "god" is all. We are not separate from god, but are one with it, one with all. All matter is just a manifestation of energy vibrating at different frequencies. I believe that all religion is saying the same thing. I also think that most of it is allegorical and I think that a lot of problems would be solved if people stopped taking that stuff so literally, or at least open their minds enough and let go of the fear of being wrong long enough to consider other possibilities so that they can be confident enough to require proof in order to accept a belief. How's that for a run on, huh? Namaste.
@_sketch_ (5711)
• United States
11 Oct 11
Ps. It sounds like you think it's a sad thing to become an atheist, but it's really not. lol. It's an amazing experience to be free of religion and malicious entities.
@koperty3 (1877)
18 Sep 11
I can't say that I'm atheist because I believe in God I just lost faith in church institution. In my native country Church is very corrupted and involve with politic. Priests got brand new cars from the people's money. They don't support poor or sick. They are just greedy people. There is one particular priest ( I will not name his because its not important) who is really rich. All his money come from people. Some fanatics support him. He got tv, radio and land. he got even helicopter. I don't support that. That is why I turned my back to from church.
• Philippines
18 Sep 11
I understand how you feel. I don't like that kind of person as well and I will not support that kind of person. Let's just leave everything to God. I know God knows what that person is doing.
19 Sep 11
I'd really like to have faith. I think I'd be happier. I was a bit unsure of things when a wonderful couple I know lost a child and I just could not see how, if there was a God, they would let such awful things happen to lovely people. Since then it just seems to not make much logical sense.