I have been asked several times now what one thing caused me to stop believing in god. I thought I would try to tackle that topic today. I am not sure something as life changing as the Christian to Yahweh atheist transition can be caused by a single thought or event. I think it happens with a slow erosion of preconceived notions. But the last straw for me was the honey possum. I know it is a silly thing to be a final straw, but what can you do?
The slow erosion started when I was “chosen” to serve on my church board. There I learn that church is really just a business and is run like one. I also learned that the holy spirit tells different people different things. This caused lots of disagreements on the board. I didn’t understand how a unifying spirit could cause division among followers of Christ. After that I started seeing other inconsistencies in church doctrine ending with the official stand on evolution, which lead to the honey possum incident. I could then see that some Church Truths were nothing more than dogma and not true at all. At that point I had no way of telling what was true and what was dogma. I had two choices. One was to just believe it all, even though I know some or most of it was false. The other was to reject it all as fiction. I tried to do the first. I mean I really tried. I when to christian counseling and everything. But in the end I just could not do it. I could not lie to myself anymore. The second choice was the only real choice if I wanted to be true to myself.
Before all this happened I was the kind of Christian who handed out bibles to people at work. I prayed all the time about everything. I was a true Christian. I thought I should add that for any Christians who may wish to dispute my faith. I had it. It was real.
Now… I would like to here from you. If you were a Christian once and are not anymore, what happened. Also, if you were and atheist once and are not anymore I would like to know how you overcame your skepticism.
- Both Christians and Atheists Are Fools
- Theists and False Flagging/Reporting
- Respecting God or Egocentric Thinking?
- No Such Thing As An Atheist?
- If I Don’t Believe in God, Why Do I Talk About Him At All?
- I’m Back.
- So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish
- Religion and The Mullet of Truth
- Minimalist And The Start of a Serious Discussion
- Maybe its not my place to point out reality as I see it