I do believe in God, but I really don't think he cares about all the "rules". I've read the Bible both old and new testament, I've read all about different faiths, Baha'i, Islam, Judaism, and tons of sects of Christianity. I've not got much of a problem with religion in general but some of the crazies down here are just nasty (though Oklahoma's worse). The entire concept of it is very hard for me to grasp, but I've been one of those people that questions authority figures. Every so often, I get asked by friends or relatives overseas if Japanese people are religious. I still believe something created us, just not a god. I don't, and I never have. [–]alpinefroggy 1 point2 points3 points 5 years ago (0 children). There is too much dissonance between what my heart and mind tell me is right, and what most religions say is right. Our parents' religion has a lot to do with it; if they're Christian, you'd be brought up Christian, et al. For example, the rule against stealing. My religion said that most religions have some truth but ours had the greatest amount of truth. I never heard the voice of God, I never experienced a "miracle." Because it'll be warm and we'll know people there? It's nice being good to be good, and not because God will punish me. All the following parts of religion I just considered suggestions that could be useful, but had no ultimate power. Been an atheist for almost 14 years now. At that point there was no turning back for me. There were lots of other holes in the 'logic' but that was the main one. All of this has made me a much happier person. I didn't shout my beliefs from the rooftops or anything, it was just there. I would not allow my two sons to fight one another in honor of my name. But that was after I went the spiritual route. Nothing special. Nope. I think you can be a decent person without following a religion so I feel not as if I'd lost something. This is putting a blanket over a large group of people and I obviously don't think this of every religious person I meet, but in my past experiences I've known them to be judgmental and self-righteous. But hey, God let him have a new family and kids in the end... because you know, those are just possessions and a new wife totally replaces an old one your master let be killed to prove a bet. As far as I'm concerned, if it doesn't exist in the physical world, it doesn't exist, and I've never found anything that's convinced me otherwise. Now that I'm an "adult" (I'm 22, I always either feel like a toddler or a senior citizen), I am still an atheist and I still think most aspects of organized religion are either childish attempts to get out of answering hard questions ("God works in mysterious ways") or corrupt attempts to control large groups of people. Tell him he was worthless, make comments about his family (the guys parents were in the middle of a divorce), refused to allow the couple to see each other. She got rid of it. I tried different churches and all that and any of it just makes me nervous and uncomfortable. So unlike most people for the sake of argument I'm willing to accept pretenses that differ from my view, which allows me to have debates about religious philosophy without trying to deal with the issue of whether or not the religion is correct. Now the whole institution of Religion creeps me out, it seems like people constantly sacrilegiously abuse it for their own gains and manipulate people who turn to it for answers for power/wealth/status. And some things I find downright practical. I was also raised Catholic, and still consider myself so, and can identify with you. Or he just doesn't care? The idea of making important decisions based on rules created by someone or something that may or may not exist bothers me. However, respect that we are not religious. Growing up, anybody who was religious was a total dick about it. Until then I am an atheist. She said they made it up to turn people against God. And now I'm quite happy with a wonderful man sleeping next to me. My grandma has this photo of Jesus that sits on a wall, framed and all, and everytime you did something wrong or not to her liking, you stood in front of that picture, arms up for however long she says, if you didn't stand to her liking, she spanked or hit you and back to the picture you go. and join one of thousands of communities. Like string theory, no amount of proving or disproving or research or debate could definitively make a final verdict, so I rely on my own interpretation of my life's events, which don't seem to necessitate the existence of a god or an omnipotent creator. And I also had a drug problem- speed, cocaine and various pills, mainly. But like I slowly got less and less religious when I saw that religion in general made less and less sense. Never really enforced her religion on anyone but truly enjoyed it. Seriously? I stopped listening to anything that wasn't Christian music or Christian talk radio. I wasn't really praying. I understand what religion is, but it's just not everyone's jam. From the Pew Research poll, we can see Reddit’s user base is primarily white non-Hispanic, coming in at 70 percent of Reddit’s users in the United States. Growing up, I started to understand why people might need them to be enforced -- some people are dicks and will only do 'the right thing' if it benefits them in the afterlife, so everyone benefits if they think they have to follow societal rules. For a while I stopped participating in the Christian community because of that; if they weren't actually treating Christianity like Jesus treated it, then what the fuck were they practicing? Nonreligious Channel: Beliefs, Commentary, History, and Facts. i have yet to see proof for a god and have no interest in worshiping any being. It’s not an easy question to answer. This is just my experience. I was raised catholic but I never believed. I encourage you and pray for … I sort of became my own non denominational Christian, focusing explicitly on the teachings of Jesus and how they affected what the rest of the bible said. Only came a couple years ago. I don't want to base my beliefs around a way to console myself. And for a while, I became a little like him, sharing his beliefs and interests and stuff. Looking back, he was basically a stereotypical Redditor - militant atheist, PC master race, owned a fedora, likes cats, used dank memes, and so on. You knew even if your parents didn't regularly take you to church, they should have. Thus, I will live well, and try to make the world a better place, and I'll be damned (literally) if whatever god I meet doesn't accept that I was a worthy person. My mom would have me say an occasional prayer and gave me a pretty cross necklace, but that was it. [–]leesoutherst 1 point2 points3 points 5 years ago (0 children). At the end of the class they asked if we had questions. If I failed at something, I don't want to believe it was the path God chose for me if it was really my own fault. When I started hearing the 6 day creation story, I thought it was a joke, or something people didn't really believe in. Being aware that just because you don't accept their answers doesn't mean the questions go away. My mind is designed to pump out mathematics and science. I'm an outcast in many ways, and I guess religion is one. [–]AnnaNass 2 points3 points4 points 5 years ago (0 children). I was able to explore on my own why people were trying to believe something we hadn't figured out yet to be true as well as anti lgbt sentiments that religious people had. https://www.lhup.edu/~dsimanek/hell.htm, [–][deleted] 110Answer Link10 points11 points12 points 5 years ago (0 children), I wish I could believe in religion, but every religion has gaping holes and inconsistencies and I can't lie to myself like that, [–]LuLusiPad 110Answer Link10 points11 points12 points 5 years ago (5 children). [–]C0SM1Cd3RP 1 point2 points3 points 5 years ago (1 child), Growing up raised roman catholic, then later on actually delving into philosophy and shit. In fact I'm pretty sure there's a creator (there's a reason for the lack of pointing to a specific god) out there, but I'm not dedicating my life to it/him/her. No text is allowed in the textbox. But I start to have more and more doubts about certain things like, if God is supposed to be "the same yesterday, today, and forever" then why is the OT God so evil and Jesus is so forgiving? He just basically pounded atheism into my brain until I caved in and gave up God. But death is harps, god and angels when adults consider their own. My problem became that a lot of the people I would be at church with seemed to be trying to be the holiest by being the loudest singers, the most outspoken at praying, etc. I kept finding holes like this in the 'logic'. He would make me feel so guilty if I didn't give in to him. My parents have now changed but still, that event changed me forever. Nina Callaway. There are those who clearly manipulate faith for their own ends and others who merely pay lip service, I'm not speaking of those, rather people of differing beliefs who truly feel theirs is the right. Every Sunday my parents would force me to get up and go to church with them, and every Sunday I would think 'there are other places I would rather be'. As a whole, we can only verify so much of what's around us. I find it very unlikely that there is any sort of supreme deity that has control over what happens to our souls. [–]MadamVolta 1 point2 points3 points 5 years ago* (0 children). Didn't believe any of it, [–]lordsoup 1 point2 points3 points 5 years ago (0 children). I actually wonder if lying isn’t the worst thing you can do to children because I think they are smarter than the so-called experts when it comes to recognizing someone is not telling the truth. What fucked it up? Cupp recently put out a video describing how she has been welcomed among conservatives even though she is … I hesitate to say that because it sounds like something an edgy neckbeard would say but my lack of belief was even more so when I started learning more in general. I had never been too religious to begin with, because I wasn't raised with it, but I was still wanting very hard to believe. [–]sexy4days 4 points5 points6 points 5 years ago (1 child). I was like, "This God isn't real". Rather than viewing it as a story about a man with great faith, I realized it was literally a pissing contest between God and Satan where God allowed Satan to torture Job. I stopped being religious a long time ago when I realized my "prayers" were never answered and how brainwashed I was. It's not my place, it's God's. I am now a militant anti thiest. Seems unlikely. I’m here. I want to feel loved by creation, to know that when all is said and done I'll be rewarded. I don't think that's right. Her words have since gone viral—the letter is as hopeful and hilarious as it is heart-wrenching. Tim Minchin made me like it. I've never been able to believe "something" or "someone" being all powerful and having been responsible for life and how we're supposed to live it. [–]planet_void 1 point2 points3 points 5 years ago (1 child). Get an ad-free experience with special benefits, and directly support Reddit. Happened a couple years ago I guess. tl;dr emotionally abusive relationship includes forced conversion to atheism, [–]knitrex 9 points10 points11 points 5 years ago (4 children). The new kids were mean to me and the new adults were mean to my parents. I don't think I'm capable of religious faith, it's like if you were raised never being allowed to walk, your legs would atrophy and be useless. Just my opinion....not looking to debate. I remember the exact moment. Especially if your response includes " free will". [–]brihamedit 1 point2 points3 points 5 years ago* (0 children). I've known many honest, decent religious folk and I know that for a great many it gives solace and comfort in a hard world but I just can't believe. These beautiful vows are based simply on the love that they have for each other. I didn't even know what making out even was. But for some readers, the most striking piece of her goodbye note is where she asserted how her death should be discussed with her young daughter Brianna. One thing led to another. Extract from Captain Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis de Bernières. She put me in bible classes. When I was younger I tried pretty hard to make it work because of the comfort and feelings of security that religion brings, but believing was too much against my nature and I wasn't able to. That seems very comforting to have sometimes. [–]arting_slowly 1 point2 points3 points 5 years ago (0 children). 1. … And even now I consider myself a Christian atheist, which basically means I follow the philosophy behind Christianity and the teachings of Jesus. Fuck you. Love is a temporary madness. Founded on April 30, 1966 c.e. I don't need a book or a group to tell me what's moral. TL;DR - I looked too closely and allowed myself to ask questions. Or if you do something wrong, its bad and all the evil, fucked up things that you can do to one another is blamed on the devil and his demons. Hey God, if you're gonna make a child suicidal, at least also make them a bit smarter about it because if I had died with that sparkly ugly thing around my neck I would have regretted it. It took a new youth pastor (the replacement for the aforementioned abusive pastor who was fired) to go "this isn't ok" and intervened. Likewise, say we have an actual god. At best, it's a happy delusion -- these two people who truly love each other and have no idea how truly miserable they're about to … It made me very nervous. Because there's no such thing as god. People are taught to be fearful and ashamed of their own nature and it doesn't seem right. I could not accept the idea that I am somehow broken. My energy, my love, my laughter, those incredible memories, it’s all here with you.”. We can barely comprehend the vastness of the presently existing and limited universe. I was quite religious as a child because the people I was surrounded with in church were really cool and open-minded. That's not to say I'm an atheist either; while I don't have any evidence for the existence of a god, an afterlife, etc, I don't have any evidence that those things don't exist. There's no accountability except to myself and those I love. As I stared at the ceiling of my bedroom, my hands folded about to pray, I thought about all the pain in my life and I thought, "There cannot be this much suffering in one life and there still be a god. I used to question all the rules. It was just a routine to me before dinner. I'll pick one example; I noticed that when an animal (like someone's pet) died nobody mentioned heaven. a bunch of f*ckin' hypocrites. [–]brb-eating-cake 1 point2 points3 points 5 years ago (0 children). Ehhh. In fact, that just makes it easy to justify any prejudices I already have if I try to interpret it to suit my needs. more >>, Soliciting money, goods, services, or favours is not allowed. Most people are religious because they are brought up that way. He told me the 3 most important things in life were Family, Health and God. God was watching all the time and I was never good enough. As I went and really started listening and thinking on what I was being told. There is also no evidence for the existence of an omnipotent being. It was like he opened my brain, tossed out my identity, stuffed in a copy of his, and then slammed my brain shut. Reading the bible in full did a great deal to get me to really ask myself important questions. [–]only1sock 3 points4 points5 points 5 years ago (0 children). Which country you grew up in; Buddhists grow up in largely buddhist centers. But especially organized religion, is just not for me. And that's how it started, how I started questioning why I was part of the Catholic religion. Things were getting weird. [–]Cock-a-la-mode 1 point2 points3 points 5 years ago (0 children). “In her mind, that means that I chose to be somewhere else and left her. [–]collapsing_sanity 3 points4 points5 points 5 years ago (3 children). use the following search parameters to narrow your results: You must post a clear and direct question in the title. Ryan Burge, a political scientist at Eastern Illinois … But the more I learned about the world, an the more I got interested into science. I am a bot, and this action was performed automatically. If there's a god out there, and he just fucking decides where I spend eternity based on the fact that I didn't believe in him as opposed to the content of my character, he wasn't a god I'd want to believe in in the first place. Over time little things in comedies like the Simpsons started to reveal how silly some of these ultra serious religious ideas that I was taught really were. [–]lostmuhfaith 4 points5 points6 points 5 years ago (0 children). Now I know that I just have a harder time feeling the emotions of a group. Without appeal to authority or faith, choosing a particular religion over another just didn't make sense to me. Nowadays it's because it just seems way too fucking ridiculous, I wish I could believe sometimes but it's too much crap to swallow. Because I'm a rational adult who doesn't need fairy tales muddling up my life. I taught Sunday school. The next day all day long I was detached; everything was gray and far away, I didn't feel hardly anything but sadness, people noticed. Reddit is a network of communities based on people's interests. And there are so many things that it clearly says I should do that would make me a horrible person. By this time I had already learned about the Paleozoic timescale and the approximate age of the earth (hey, I liked to actually read the captions under the cool pictures in books). I was born into a Catholic family, thus sent to a religious school. [–]themanp15 1 point2 points3 points 5 years ago (0 children), [–]I-am-Starlord 1 point2 points3 points 5 years ago (0 children). [–]Soylopeor 6 points7 points8 points 5 years ago (1 child), Testable evidence which enables you to make accurate predictions over theories not yet proved. Some of the nicest people have I met are those who do not identify with religion, and some of the most judgmental and condescending people I have met are those who go to church every Sunday singing praises to Jesus. If you yank out your shades of fantasy off of your eyes, you would see how silly the whole thing is. 9 Inspiring, Non-Religious Books That Might Just Spark You To Change Around Your Whole Life. But like Marilyn Manson said "You have to be saved in order to go to heaven, but you only have to be yourself to go to hell. I would gladly see all religions outlawed. Same thing with Catholics who I'd always been taught weren't real Christians anyway. 3) coming to the conclusion by combining 1 and 2 that i didn't believe and didn't want to believe in something i couldn't explain with my love of science and wouldn't be able to ever explain. [–]SurroundedByCrazy789 1 point2 points3 points 5 years ago (0 children). I imagined it would all seem irrelevant to a supreme being like God. more >>, Askreddit is not your soapbox, personal army, or advertising platform. more >>, [Serious] tagged posts are off-limits to jokes or irrelevant replies. HuffPost/Amazon "There are things you can't reach. By Emma Oulton. If God is such a supposedly kind being that loves his creations then why does he require weekly prayer and asking for forgiveness? Because I believe we are not responsible for who we become, the environment we grow up into shapes us into who we are. TL;DR: Cant blame ya, Grandma and Mom used religion on younger me (mostly god and jesus) as a form of punishment, older me is not too fond of religion and its addons. It didn't work and I just went to bed, feeling emptier than before. Because I couldn't justify it on an appeal to authority nor to faith. How to Write a Non-Religious Wedding Ceremony Script Whether you want a non-religious ceremony or a custom interfaith wedding, writing your own script will allow you to personalize your nuptials to best fit you and your partner. Scary Pentecostal style churches where people would "speak in tongues" and flail around while it as obvious they wee just muttering the same non-sense syllables over and over. Your first sentence strikes a chord with me. But I had a little rebellious streak in me, so I decided that I would try, since it's just kissing. 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