Leaving religion - what should one expect?
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16-09-2015, 02:28 PM (This post was last modified: 16-09-2015 03:05 PM by mediocrates.)
RE: Leaving religion - what should one expect?
(13-07-2015 10:45 AM)Tonechaser77 Wrote:  -The fear that every so often creeps up: What if I'm wrong? (Thanks indoctrination)

I sometimes get this one.

When you're told the sky is green countless times by almost everyone you know for most of your life... Sometimes you look up and see green.
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19-09-2015, 02:42 AM (This post was last modified: 19-09-2015 02:49 AM by Loom.)
RE: Leaving religion - what should one expect?
Sorry if it's been said before:

One thing that you may begin to notice is the personality of one's personal god often parallels their own/fits within their level of society.

I never really noticed this until I became an atheist. Now, it seems everyone has their own idea of who/what god is.

My dad has a good sense of humor. He also attributes god with an odd sense of humor when things don't work out exactly as planned (example: when our hotel reservation never happened, we arrived after a long 14 hour drive only to be told we weren't in the system and they had no available rooms= god's plan/sense of humor.

It's all I can manage not to say, "You're right! I bet those kids in Africa find him hilarious!"

Ignorance is not to be ignored.

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20-09-2015, 08:18 AM
RE: Leaving religion - what should one expect?
I've been reading, "What are You Without God? (How to discredit religious thought and rebuild your identity)," (ISBN-10:0615789455), by Christopher Krzeminski in an attempt to understand some of the same things. The first half of the book was entirely devoted to the first half of its subtitle, & the second half, which I just got to yesterday, appears to delve into matters that deal with this thread.

I didn't experience a void in my personality when I released the last of my religious inquiries, & more accurately experienced an elating gain of relief, understanding (because the world makes no sense with a diety), & a greater appreciation for myself & the loved ones in my life. I know my experience is not unique, & I know it's not the same as everyone else who gains this particular freedom.

Mere months after this gain, however, I lost a woman I was romantically involved with to an unknown cause. She was in great pain, out of her mind (the last time I saw her alive, I didn't recognize the person in front of me), & she was terrified. I got the call from the woman's father the next morning. I didn't get any answers, & didn't feel right about asking her father what they may have told him had happened; all I knew was she was gone. I was resolved to not yield any of my newly discovered capacity to false hopes, & wanted to experience every emotional jolt. The most difficult parts were her viewing, & speaking with her friends & family, because I couldn't connect with them; we had all experienced this loss, & I felt completely alone.

The combination of that whole experience, & a desire to understand other atheists experiences different from my own prompted me to purchase the aforementioned book. Now that I'm in the second half, I hope to learn a few concepts to aid myself & others.
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