As an atheist who used to be a Christian, I can only tell you that life is meant to be lived, not feared. I don't constantly have to feel guilty and sorry to a higher being for a bad thought I had. I feel more free, and more sure about the world, than I have in my entire life.
Keep learning and educating yourself about the Universe, and logic. If you want to return to religion, that's your choice. Bring joy to others and do what makes you happy!
you can believe whatever you want. I could sit here and tell you all the reasons you should stay a Christian, and you could say , "nah, I'm good". So i'll just be quiet, and let you make this decision yourself.
Well, I know that there is going to be someone who will try to fight with me, but God's been really showing me how real He is lately. I've felt his presence, been given prophesy and Spiritual dreams, and spoken in heavenly languages. When you allow God to do whatever He wants in your life, amazing things can happen.
I was raised Christian. But the more I researched other religions, due to questioning my own ... the more I discovered, if you discount the "messenger", most religions have the same "message" about attaining spirituality.
And the qualities of a "spiritual person", of any religion ... are the same qualities anyone should strive for, whether they believe in a God or not.
You don't have to convert because you PREFER fact over faith. Believe what you believe. If you dont believe in God, then don't. But, no. There is no reason to convert except your faith. If you BELIEVE, they disproved/proved God, then convert.
Be whoever you want to be, do whatever you want to do. Im atheist, i get told ill go to hell, hey, so what? I know im a good person, i help others, and i want to improve and be happy myself. I enjoy life without worries of burning or something, or of forgeting to pray or just about sins. Just be nice, make goals, work hard, and live life however you want to. Religion is not an important thing in my opinion, shouldnt even be mentioned when applying for something. Think logically, think based on your ideas and of what you have learned through experience. Im athiest, proud, happy, and a good person.
do what you want but i will always believe a few months ago and on saturday god has shown himself and saved my life if that wasnt an act of god then death just isnt capable of dealing with me and wants to delay as long as possible
I agree with Walt_ORegean. You should research other religions and see if one touches your heart more then others. And being of a Scientific mind, You might want to look into Agnostics before you declare yourself an Atheist. Good luck on your Journey.
I say do what you want. There's nothing wrong with atheism. There's nothing wrong with being atheist. I mean, I'm an atheist myself and was formerly a Christian. I was raised to believe this, though, and too many people won't get out of that phase. But, there's nothing wrong with it. I say go for it.
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I don't think you can JUST decide what to do......it is a growing process, you grow towards something or you grow away from something. You can't just stand still and decide to be this or that.....it happens over time.
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I honestly feel the same way. sometimes I don't believe in him, and other times I do. If I am atheist at all it's only partly cuz I do believe in heaven and after life, but not always god, or that Mary was a virgin. I certainly don't believe that every word in the bible in true. and I have reason to believe that it is not god that creates us, or how our lives go. It's us before going into the next life, that's why I hate it when i hear people say "Yolo" cuz I believe you a re-born, and before re-birth you plan your appearence and the traumas in your life. for the reason only to learn from it. That's what I believe the meaning of life it, to learn from our mistakes, build on them, and make the world better. Prehaps there was a god who create life, earth, and universe, or maybe it was bacterial science. No one will ever know for sure.
There is no reason not to. Don't let others tell you why you shouldn't convert. The choice is completely yours. And PLEASE do not pay attention to the bible freaks who tell stories about God has enlightened their life. I see no downsides in converting.
Listen carefully child...before you do this read the Holy Quran...IT WILL convince you that there Is a God...and the Quran doesn't disagree with science!!...there are facts in the Quran about the universe and the creation of mankind etc... And it doesn't disagree with science!! Read it...you won't lose a thing...but you will win a lot :) May Allah(God) guide you to the right path :) Amen :)
You can be a Christian and still yearn for logic/proof. I am and do. I feel God's presence therefore it is logical for me to believe in him, imo. Though, *I* have no physical proof he exists. The thing about logic and facts is that scientists still have a hard time proving theories and are disproving theories all the time, even scratching their heads on what they were 100% positive about. They are still unsure of a gigantic black hole (Yahoo article) because they know it is there but don't know what exactly it is because they cannot see the center of it. There are also articles I have read about DNA that recently scientists have been incorrect about. Scientists believed they had all the facts on DNA figured out. (Very interesting-a woman "absorbed" her twin in the womb and when this woman was grown and had children their DNA didn't match hers, it matched her twin) The point is logic isn't always cut and dry either. The answer is in your heart.
Atheism encourages you to think for yourself. Christianity insists that you not question the bible, Gods existence, in other words, just believe what you are told, no matter how outrageous, and question nothing. Which do you think is a better fit?
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When Peter walked on water toward Jesus, He was safe. When He took his eyes off Jesus, He began to sink. The Lord is Truth. Although many deny it, there is much fact that supports many things we read in scripture. I choose not to take my eyes off Jesus and just allow the facts to come as they may. I don't need them to validate the Truth and the Faithfullness of God that I have seen in my life and in other's lives. I see and experience it everyday. So, I just keep my eyes on Jesus and walk forward. I have grown spiritually in the meantime. But, distractions come to any of us. And, it may sound strange, but as fine as it is, to know facts, God is not going to share His Glory with another. He isn't against us having facts and there are facts to be had. Facts are good, but if we need them before Truth in our life, they have been lifted way up above their rightful place. They have then become the Lord of our life.. An unbeliever is not going to understand this, as according to scripture, because they can't. It is true, nonetheless.
I was a devout, highly indoctrinated, Catholic - from birth to my senior year of my Christian private high school - the clergy made a huge mistake in teaching us the value of skeptical inquiry, the demand we should have for evidence to support any assertion, logical deductions, logical inference, and other forms of critical thinking - which we then applied - to them, and all we got as an answer was "you have to have faith" - faith was exactly what they were teaching was unacceptable - and would lead to shirking responsibility and accountability (the devil tempted me) for our actions. They tried to convince us that morality was only to be had through religion - while they, the most pious of them, were secretly molesting my male classmates. The shock of such hypocrisy drove myself and nearly half of my graduating class to investigate every single detail of what they had been selling us since the first grade. Not one assertion could be backed with any evidence or withstand the scrutiny of educated, critical thinking. Then of course there was the problem of other religions making the same claims of being the word of God - yet that was not the word we were being taught - but alternate mainstream religions did carry one glaring thing in common: entertain or believe in any other religion and you'll be condemned to an eternity of torment in the afterlife. Suddenly it was becoming more and more clear that no harmony could exist between two (or more) so highly contentious religions - by the shear number of conflicting faiths - most had to be wrong. We were told we we had the right religion because we were told we had the right religion - some explanation. As we learned more about science - in all fields - coupled with critical thinking and a demand for supportive evidence - we could see that all of it was man-made - for a myriad of reasons - and appealed to humans not comfortable with dealing with the unknown. BTW, you don't "convert" to atheism - atheism is not a belief system - it has no rituals or buildings or hardcore organizations comparable to religions - it is simply the lack of belief due to the lack of persuasive evidence to support wild claims of the authenticity of the supernatural.
I think you should do what feels right to you. But if you want me to suggest one or the other, I would say stay a christian. I am not a very religious person but I do believe in God. so I might not be the best person to answer this question, but I hope this helps.
god never did anything for me so i converted to atheism. and all you Christians can say anything you want but he NEVER did anything good for me, so if he is real, i hate him. and i don't care if i will go to hell.
I was not "raised" to be a Christian I lived a life where I did what I wanted anytime I wanted for a most of my 42 years. I have lived though a war, I have lost a son, and I have felt what it means to be morally bankrupt.And I've had Christ restore my life. The difference in being a Christian and being religious is relationship. A Christian walk is not about guilt and rules it is about joy love and freedom. Pray, not for things pray for logic and wisdom read His word pray for direction, God has a purpose for your life He will fully reveal that purpose to you He will give you the insight and wisdom you seek. There are people on this site that seem to be dedicated to destroying people's faith, each has their own reasons I guess. Talk to your parents or to you pastor someone that knows you and that you trust. Find the mission or ministry that God has for you. When you walk in it you'll never have a doubt again. I pray for you, good luck and God Bless !
Well I'm atheist for the same reasons you mention. I've been trying to prove the existence of god for years and wound up finding myself atheist in the strictest sense. I was Christian in my young life and I never got answers, never got respect and never was exposed to a god or gods despite my unyeliding faith for him. It simply boiled down to one question: "where is your evidence supporting your claim that a god exists?" Every theist asked this begins to squirm and go into apologetic mode asking banal questions and fighting frantically against the glaring truth that there is no proof god exists. Rationality increases effectiveness in addition to makes us happier. I'd just like to say if you are atheist, congratulations for defeating the dragon of theism and welcome to a life that is justified, makes sense and does not give you a reason to kill a person for not thinking like you. May we expunge the world of witch trials and honor killings together through the use of logic, reasoning, compassion and understanding. Jihad can suck it.
There is alot of fact and logic in the bible. As far as religion, it is understandable that you would be frustrated with it. It is important to find the one that is teaching from Gods word, and living by it. You would have to do the work, and personally study the bible to be able to recognize that religion, and also see the fact and logic your looking for. In the meantime here are some examples to start with: (1) Isaiah 40:22 "There is One who is dwelling above the "circle" of the earth..". This helps us to appreciate that God, through His word revealed that the earth was round far before man had the ability to prove this. Profound fact, and very logical. (2) Colossians 2:8 "Look out: perhaps there may be someone who will carry you off as his prey through the philosophy and empty deception according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary things of the world and not according to Christ." Here the bible warns that it is deceptive and empty to follow after men and their philosophy as opposed to God and His son, and His word. Again I encourage you to "personally" study the bible before you choose to give up on it. This is the only way to apply and benefit from Gods word, and as mentioned earlier, identify the religion that promotes this. Jehovahs Witnesses offer free home bible studies. Feel free to visit www.jw.org anytime for more information, or to arrange for a personal bible study.
Why is it that we always feel we have to pick one over the other? Why must logic exclude God? Why must faith oust reason? Who made up that rule anyway? Your "left leg" is logic, your "right leg" is faith. Why can't we learn to walk using both rather than hopping on one foot or kicking one leg with the other? Is it so important that you must wear one label and discard the other? Well, okay, have fun with that...I'm not religious, but I'm spiritual. And I walk just fine, thank you very much. Give it a try! Namaste!