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14-06-2017, 11:30 PM (This post was last modified: 14-06-2017 11:59 PM by kingsxjt.)
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Hello everyone! I wanted to connect with a group of people that may have had a similar experience as mine. I was raised in non christian home and then became a sold out christian at age 20. My life radically changed then. I became a disciple of the gospel after being "saved" and my life did improve from then on. I will say in hindsight that I believe this to have been the placebo effect. I married a christian girl when I was 27 and she was 23. She had been raised in a very strictly religious household and was very firm in her faith as well. I am now 47 and in last 4 to 5 years I have slowly figured out that the bible is a lie. I had often had my reason alarm go off but I always just pushed through with "my faith." I can say that finally making a clean cut with the church and the lunacy has been freeing. I'm still a good person as I have always been, but the church always made me fell inferior. I constantly did not think I was good enough. I became sick of constantly trying to convince myself of what I believed; it seems christians are always trying to overcome their doubt. I have 3 children whom we raised in church to believe in Jesus and as far as I can tell my youngest 2 still do. I struggle with guilt from raising my kids to believe a fairy tale. In the last 8 months I have told my wife that I no longer believe. I have also had long discussions with my oldest son who is almost 19 and I think he sees through the lie as well, however he has a lot of church friends still. My wife has really relaxed a lot of her views since we have become married although we have not had a lot of discussion about religion. I have about 3 non believing friends that I can speak openly with and I am here just looking to connect with some like minded people. I live deep in the bible belt and don't meet many thinking non-believers around here. Sorry for the long post but that's where I'm at in a nutshell.
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14-06-2017, 11:55 PM
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Quote:that's where I'm at in a nutshell

Well, step out of the shell, then, and dive right in... into the rabbit hole that is TTA Rolleyes

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14-06-2017, 11:59 PM
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Welcome to the forum Smile

Thanks for sharing your story, and well done for seeing through religion in the end. I hope you find a home here!

I have a website here which discusses the issues and terminology surrounding religion and atheism. It's hopefully user friendly to all.
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15-06-2017, 01:14 AM
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Welcome.

The first revolt is against the supreme tyranny of theology, of the phantom of God. As long as we have a master in heaven, we will be slaves on earth.

Mikhail Bakunin.
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15-06-2017, 01:27 AM
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Hello! Smile
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15-06-2017, 02:57 AM
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Hello! Big Grin
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15-06-2017, 04:05 AM
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(14-06-2017 11:30 PM)kingsxjt Wrote:  I became sick of constantly trying to convince myself of what I believed; it seems christians are always trying to overcome their doubt.

Most religious people live day-to-day with cognitive dissonance. It's a relief to get away from all that.
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15-06-2017, 04:53 AM
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Welcome to The Thinking Atheist. Smile
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15-06-2017, 04:55 AM
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Hi, and welcome!
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15-06-2017, 05:45 AM
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Welcome, kingsxjt. We're glad you're here!
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