A combination of a few things were what led me to abandon Christianity. I was raised in a fairly strict Christian family, and was taught from an early age that people who were not like me deserved condemnation. I remember my father telling me how evil atheists and Muslims were, and how gross and unnatural homosexuals were. I just couldn't ignore these things, so I started to pay more attention to the bible. I realized that the beliefs my father had tried to instill in me were biblical, and I couldn't accept that a loving god would want people to think awful things like the bible tells them to. I moved from there to a brief period of agnosticism. I believed in a creator, but an unknowable one. That was fine for a while, but then I realized that I had no reason to believe in a creator. I realized that I'd been lying to myself. I've been an atheist ever since then.
Most atheists I know or talk to became atheist because they researched and discovered there is no god. A person that decides that god is not helping them is not an atheist, because they still believe in god. People often ask me "what do you think god did to you to make you believe that way?", my response is "what part of atheist do you not understand? ".
A person that's angry at God cannot be an atheist, he's just turned his back on God. I've talked to a few people that used to be Christians and are now atheist. They say, they have researched and could not find actual proof of a God. The scripture that comes to mind is, Ever learning but never able to come to the knowledge of truth.
The short answer to why I turned to atheism is: I became aware.
My path started out as a Christian like most others in this country. I was a joyous and dedicated devotee of the God of Abraham through Christianity for the first 19 years of my life, and then through the Baha'i Faith for the next 13 years. But it took me another 25 years to become aware that the only concept I had of God and the supernatural was not based on evidence, but on what other people had said was truth. After eventually wiping my slate clean and looking at the issue objectively, I became aware that I had no option other than subscribe to atheism, and more specifically, secular humanism/naturalism, until the required evidence is presented to change my mind. It is my view that there is no non faith-based evidence that the supernatural exists, and it is wrong to assume the supernatural is the answer simply because no rational, nature-based definitive answer has been found. I became aware that there cannot be two truths and that most religious dogma was in opposition to verifiable scientific truths.
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Becoming wise enough to realize there is no factual support for the fantastical tales in the Bible. Seeing all the evil and misfortune befall innocents in a world supposedly under the grace of a God I found no presentable evidence of. Becoming cognizant of the pervasive use of fear, guilt and indoctrination as being the primary tools of religion. Finding better answers my own questions about the world.
One reason might be that christians sometimes completely neglect that other religions deserve as much consideration as christianity, or even factor into theistic value. A christian who recognizes this sometimes, and often prevalant type of ignorance may begin to question the value of other christian themes, and eventually gear themselves toward fact over faith. Essentially, christianity is almost a figurative atheist producing factory, and can itself, claim credit. An onlooker independent of either christianity or atheism, might find it deliciously ironic.
It really doesn't matter what happens. The Bible declares that anyone who departs the faith is demonstrating that he never truly was a Christian (1 John 2:19). Christians do not continually live immoral lifestyles, nor do they reject the faith and deny Christ. Such actions are proof that they were never redeemed.
some times people feel they see evidence of G-Ds indifference, which they ultimately interpret as non-existence." if the creator were really extant, how could he allow this to happen?" o a person has had faith and they lose it, that turns out to be a temporary situation. maybe a few years. if they are left to reflect on it by themseves,they'llfigure it out themseves.it's usually the people around that personwho have an immediate reaction of" we must minister to he/she, we must convince them to see how wrong their perception is! if we don't they will surely suffer eternal damnation! all of that said, it's really unbelieveable what people can endure outside the " normal" tradgedies, and have faith return, or, never to have lost it.but, to give a more straight forward answer. some things that can cause loss of faith would be: the death of an innocent child, the spur of the moment loss of all material possesions ( including your home) while immediately after seeing your family murdered. these are only two examples, but you get the gist. anyway to loose your faith is a tragic thing. I hope I'm never in that position.
Janie: you should read the book of Job. God only lets Satan go just so far. Job kept his faith even when everyone else were blaming Job for some wrong that they thought he had done. Job had a long questioning talk with God. Now read the questions God asked Job...... And then look at all the blessings Job recieved. Look at it this way. God may not answer your questions WHEN you wish...... But He is never late! He does let you see the good in all this( IF you belong to Him) IF you are not His...... Then He is waiting for you to stop and listen, learn, repent, turn back to Him! Two choices, 2 consequences!
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For me, it is: 1.) The inconsistencies of the bible. 2.) The history of Christianity 3.) The credibility of faith 4.) The ignorance of the religious people 5.) Darkmatter2525 (youtube channel) 6.) And last but not least.. All the atheists in this website :) (For enlightening me with great knowledge.. Thanks!)
Studying the Bible is the 1st mistake that they make, reasoning is the 2nd, and acting according to their honest conviction is the 3rd. Lured by the splendors of the intellectual world, tempted by the achievements of science, longing to feel the throb of the mighty march of the human race, ministers are compelled to agree with the splendid ideas of today. They learn that it is better to think without believing, than to believe without thinking; that if they have no right to think, why do they have brains; how can a number of men who may get together, sign a creed, build a house, put a steeple and a bell in it -- have the right to think?
All that is necessary, as it seems to me, to convince any reasonable person that the Bible is purely a human invention, a barbarian invention, is to read it. Read it as you would any other book; get the bandage of reverence from your eyes; drive from your heart the phantom of fear; push from your brain the coiled serpent of superstition, then read the Holy Bible, and you will be amazed that you ever, for one moment, supposed a being of infinite wisdom, goodness and purity, to be the author of such ignorance and of such atrocity.
For me it was knowledge, comparative study of religion, intensive study of history, especially that predating the modern religions, along with intensive study of all the sciences. Once you put all the info together it's hard not to be an atheist.
I think hard times in people's lives make people think there isn't a god. When people die, you lose a job, someone gets divorced, or something of the kind, you think no one is watching out for you and you might as well just give up on the thought of god. I can't speak from experience, but thats what it seems like to me.