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I'm curious how other people ended up becoming atheist/agnostic/etc. Was there a certain event that led you to question the existence of a higher power? Were you raised religious? How did your family react?

I wasn't really raised religiously. My family were Christians by default, in a sense. It was around 5th grade the I started to question the existence of God. At that point I had been dealing with mental illness for three years and I had prayed quite a bit without avail. I began to wonder why I believed the things I did without any proof. Since then I've considered myself an agnostic atheist. (: 



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Well I've just never believed
I don't believe that there is some all powerful being who created everything,  nor that there is someone watching over us all the time,  making decisions and listening to prayers and things. I dont really think its that much of an explanation for everything,  and even though I went to a Christian primary school,  I believe in scientific reasons for things

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"shaylans" wrote:

I'm curious how other people ended up becoming atheist/agnostic/etc. Was there a certain event that led you to question the existence of a higher power? Were you raised religious? How did your family react?


I wasn't really raised religiously. My family were Christians by default, in a sense. It was around 5th grade the I started to question the existence of God. At that point I had been dealing with mental illness for three years and I had prayed quite a bit without avail. I began to wonder why I believed the things I did without any proof. Since then I've considered myself an agnostic atheist. (: 


Many different things, there was no one sudden event that I can recall that really pushed me over. Sudden epiphany in 4th grade that the world isn't black and white, being mature enough to take responsibility for my own actions and not needing to blame the devil for my own shortcomings / thanking God when good things happen, getting interested in the natural world and seeing how religion conflicts with it, as well as the immorality preached in religions. Many things. 

I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser gate. All those moments will be lost in time... like tears in rain...


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I do believe,you say praying didn't help and that influenced you,but my greatgrandmother age 92 was in the hospital recently,the doctors said she was in critical condition and that she had no hope of making it through the week,they said they couldn't do anything about it,so all my family got together that night at her house,we prayed for her to get better  all 84 of us,the next morning the doctors said she was in near perfect health and they could release her immediately,its been a year she's now 93 and very healthy,at that time I was sort of a believer,but I wasn't really dedicated,afterwards I started to think about what had happened,I went to a family friend and pastor and talked with him,now I'm a Saved Baptist. (:

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I never really "chose" atheism. It's more like a realization that came upon me over time. Like one day, I sat down and realized: "You know what? I really see no reason at all to assume ANY religious claim has any real validity". It's not about whether Islam might be true, and Christianity right, or Christianity right and Judaism wrong, or Judaism right and Buddhism wrong... This whole idea looks artificial to me, seeing you could pick a religion and just forget about all the questions of their god's existence 

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It didn't lead me. I just wasn't born religious. Just as simple as that. I accept anyone wether they're religious or not.


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I do believe,you say praying didn't help and that influenced you,but my greatgrandmother age 92 was in the hospital recently,the doctors said she was in critical condition and that she had no hope of making it through the week,they said they couldn't do anything about it,so all my family got together that night at her house,we prayed for her to get better  all 84 of us,the next morning the doctors said she was in near perfect health and they could release her immediately,its been a year she's now 93 and very healthy,at that time I was sort of a believer,but I wasn't really dedicated,afterwards I started to think about what had happened,I went to a family friend and pastor and talked with him,now I'm a Saved Baptist. (:


I'm glad your great grandma is okay, but still...to me that says that your God picks and chooses who to help and who not to help, he still lets people starve and be abused and go through great suffering, so if it was indeed God who helped your great grandma that day, that's not a God I want to worship.  



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"TearsInTheRain" wrote:



"shaylans" wrote:


I'm curious how other people ended up becoming atheist/agnostic/etc. Was there a certain event that led you to question the existence of a higher power? Were you raised religious? How did your family react?



I wasn't really raised religiously. My family were Christians by default, in a sense. It was around 5th grade the I started to question the existence of God. At that point I had been dealing with mental illness for three years and I had prayed quite a bit without avail. I began to wonder why I believed the things I did without any proof. Since then I've considered myself an agnostic atheist. (: 


Many different things, there was no one sudden event that I can recall that really pushed me over. Sudden epiphany in 4th grade that the world isn't black and white, being mature enough to take responsibility for my own actions and not needing to blame the devil for my own shortcomings / thanking God when good things happen, getting interested in the natural world and seeing how religion conflicts with it, as well as the immorality preached in religions. Many things. 


Interesting, I suppose it was similar for me, not one singular event but over time I grew to look at things more critically and learned more about what it was I was supposed to be believing. 



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"ps3master" wrote:


I do believe,you say praying didn't help and that influenced you,but my greatgrandmother age 92 was in the hospital recently,the doctors said she was in critical condition and that she had no hope of making it through the week,they said they couldn't do anything about it,so all my family got together that night at her house,we prayed for her to get better  all 84 of us,the next morning the doctors said she was in near perfect health and they could release her immediately,its been a year she's now 93 and very healthy,at that time I was sort of a believer,but I wasn't really dedicated,afterwards I started to think about what had happened,I went to a family friend and pastor and talked with him,now I'm a Saved Baptist. (:


I'm glad your great grandma is okay, but still...to me that says that your God picks and chooses who to help and who not to help, he still lets people starve and be abused and go through great suffering, so if it was indeed God who helped your great grandma that day, that's not a God I want to worship.  
he doesn't pick and choose,but adam and eve sinned,which created the curses of death sickness etc. Its not Gods fault. My great grandmother was a dedicated fathful Christian woman,those starving have never heard of the Bible,I would rather worship Him who made me,not those scientists you bow to. I know many ppl who were abused and beaten and even #
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"shaylans" wrote:






"ps3master" wrote:




I do believe,you say praying didn't help and that influenced you,but my greatgrandmother age 92 was in the hospital recently,the doctors said she was in critical condition and that she had no hope of making it through the week,they said they couldn't do anything about it,so all my family got together that night at her house,we prayed for her to get better  all 84 of us,the next morning the doctors said she was in near perfect health and they could release her immediately,its been a year she's now 93 and very healthy,at that time I was sort of a believer,but I wasn't really dedicated,afterwards I started to think about what had happened,I went to a family friend and pastor and talked with him,now I'm a Saved Baptist. (:


I'm glad your great grandma is okay, but still...to me that says that your God picks and chooses who to help and who not to help, he still lets people starve and be abused and go through great suffering, so if it was indeed God who helped your great grandma that day, that's not a God I want to worship.  
he doesn't pick and choose,but adam and eve sinned,which created the curses of death sickness etc. Its not Gods fault. My great grandmother was a dedicated fathful Christian woman,those starving have never heard of the Bible,I would rather worship Him who made me,not those scientists you bow to. I know many ppl who were abused and beaten and even #
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d by their parents,who prayed and were helped,and now are Christians themselves,my mom is one of them.


Well, good for those people. Positive thinking can be very powerful, but it still not proof of God. Millions of people pray and receive no answer. You say "It's not God's fault"...so God can not stop these things? He is not Omnipotent, then?  



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