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09-01-2012, 12:15 AM
RE: Were you once a believer?
God was shattered from me during my early teen years. I saw violence and hatred first hand and I saw that religion was the weapon that caused it. After the event I began to question and soon realized God wasn't there. I didn't know I was an Atheist until a couple years later when my best friend, who was a former mormon, explained to me he was an atheist. I was shocked at first but soon realized it was what I was all along. He explained it to me and I couldn't believe it was that easy to just give up God. I call myself a born again Atheist since I know all children are born Atheist and have to be indoctrinated by the church to apparently see the light.

If God wanted you to remember him, you'd obviously believe he would imprint that on your mind instead of needing brainwashing techniques. Of course its never that simple with religion.

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09-01-2012, 02:22 AM
RE: Were you once a believer?
I think i was only an Apatheist,although i sometimes prayed for utter bullshit...But that was nonetheless ''symbolical'...

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20-01-2012, 12:30 AM
RE: Were you once a believer?
What's your definition of believing in god? Do you mean any specific religion like christianity or islam or just the simple fact that someone almighty exists?
Well the answer is not that easy for me.
When I was a kid my parents and grandparents kept telling me that christianity is the only religion, and my grandma kept telling me stories about jesus so yes I guess I believed in Christianity.
At the age of 12 when i had my first biblelessons I had my doubts about that book, and I stopped believing in christianity, but I still believed that there must be a greater power, a god. So even if I didn't believe in any specific religion anymore I still believed in god.
And I am an Atheist for about 2,5 years now.
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20-01-2012, 03:48 AM
RE: Were you once a believer?
(20-01-2012 12:30 AM)Polakmaly Wrote:  What's your definition of believing in god?

No definition. Each one answers with what it means to *them*.
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20-01-2012, 11:24 PM
RE: Were you once a believer?
For me, it's a fairly simple "no". My parents are, and pretty much always were, somewhere between "apathetic" and "just shy of nominal" on... whatever you feel like calling the scale for this. There was a smattering of religious ed early on in school, I was in Scouts up until I started high school, then later for a time was in a small youth group led by one of my old Scout leaders. When I decided to leave that, there was no eyebrow raised or anything said about it. Outside of that, it's only been on rare occasions that I've had any reason to attend a church service or have any other such involvement. Overall, I'd like to think I've grown up with a neutral perspective, albeit one biased toward Christianity if I'd ever decided to take on and practice a religion. I won't pretend I haven't entertained other forms of magical thinking in the process of growing up, but it's amusing to contemplate the ephemeral nature of my own self-formulated superstitions when there wasn't any external encouragement or coercion to maintain or nurture them.


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07-02-2012, 02:57 PM (This post was last modified: 07-02-2012 03:02 PM by Randi.Renee.)
RE: Were you once a believer?
I vote Yes.

I was raised Christian. Even went to a Christian School.

I started to doubt the Bible (the stories) when I was probably about 13, but put all that on a shelf. I was scared to not believe, I did not want to go to Hell.

I was a distant Christian from 16-24

I became an Agnostic about 2 years ago. I started looking into science and evolution. Bam!! There were my answers!

I am now 27, and can openly say that I am an Athiest.

People will believe anything they are told an will never change unless they are willing to open their minds to explore for themselves. It's true...believing in God is easier than having to think.
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07-02-2012, 04:30 PM
RE: Were you once a believer?
Yes, I was once a believer.

I was never a hardcore believer, however. I did go to a religious school before I entered public High School. I enjoyed the Lutheran school very much; but I never even thought to question what was being taught to me. It was taught to me as if it was just the way; I don't think this is right.

After religion being dormant to me for several years after high school; it wasn't until the last few years that I began to question religion and started to consider myself an Agnostic. Over the last year or so I have done a lot of reading on the matter and have since considered myself an Atheist. Though I say, sure there is a possibility of a God; I strongly believe there is no such higher power.

Now that I consider myself free I find myself pulling my hair out at some of the things said by believers to defend such stories. It disturbs me what people will believe when it comes to the bible and God but if you took that same situation and used it in real life it would be completely different; I believe that. With religion answers just seem to be so simple. I do not believe something so complex as humans, earth and the universe can be so simple to say someone had to create it because everything has a creator... Uh except the creator himself no, he has been around forever -_- yeah whatever. Plus the teachings of the Bible seem to keep you in an endless loop of believing without question. As complex as we are there is no way we should not be able to question such simple teachings.

If this God does exist and he really loved us and wanted us to go to heaven he would show us proof he exists. None of this talking in mysterious way bull crap by doing something that could happen anyway. I don't consider someone being saved my Medical Doctors a miracle. If it started raining frogs or something; now that would be a miracle because that shit just doesn't happen.

Oh but I forgot im not supposed to question gods will! He works in mysterious ways. Lalalala.
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09-02-2012, 09:17 PM
RE: Were you once a believer?
I think I thought I believed.

I went along with what I was told and taught although none of it really made sense to me. When I was old enough to really flesh out what I thought a little better I realized that I didn't believe any of it...I was about 11 or 12. Over time I kept trying to find "proof" in the Christian story and instead just found more and more reasons to stand firm in my non-belief.

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13-02-2012, 09:01 PM
RE: Were you once a believer?
No, I always doubted. I found the rhetoric in the bible to just not make any sense.
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14-02-2012, 05:05 PM
RE: Were you once a believer?
I did believe in God to a point, until I was 12. All I really did was pray the odd time, my Mum wouldn't let me go to school: so I could have a lie in lol. It never worked (wasn't much of a big surprise back then either).

The things I have seen and read all in the name of religion; really made sure of the views I have today.
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