Thank you so much for the welcome.
(((hugs)))) Carol. I'm so sorry for the loss of your grandson.
Your description of feeling freedom once you realized you were atheist is common. I think I'm in the middle of that right now. I was slow to realize me being Atheist, and I still question if I am. Agnostic for sure, Atheist most likely.
I look forward to reading your posts!
Thank you for your condolences on the loss of my grandson.
And I am so happy to have found this board.
I'm sorry about your grandson. *Hugs*
Thank you for your condolences on the death of my grandson.
I know so many people who say they are leaning to being atheist, but afraid of not believing.
I am so sorry about your grandson. :(
Carol, I, too, send you my deepest condolences.
I think you are asking for our stories...for me, it happened about ten years ago.My family didn't go to church until I was about twelve, and then it was in response to my parents' divorce. We attended a Catholic church and became fully Catholic during my teens. I was the only one that it "stuck" with. Into my twenties I was still practicing and believing. It really meant something to me. Oddly, I was the saddest during those times.
Anyway. I always had many questions that I would ask at all times. Catholics are known for their guilt; lucky for me they missed my real indoctrinating years. So I never experienced the guilt that many of my friends did about things. Some, but just the normal amount.
I had many doubts during my twenties, early thirties. Always reading, talking, studying.
Finally, one night I was reading the Bible, laying next to my husband. I had just asked him, just before he fell asleep, "Why do they call other people's 'cult' while calling our own 'religion'"? He said he had no idea...and fell asleep.I went on to read. Suddenly, out of the blue, I realized, because it isn't true and they are all cults.LOLI realized, just as suddenly, why it wasn't enough that I had rejected "religion". I really hadn't believed in a loooong time!The guilt that I would occasionally felt with my questioning kept me from moving forward very quickly..but then it was gone!
AH. What a wonderful relief. I honestly felt the weight of the world go off of my shoulders that night and I haven't felt it since. It's great!
That's my story,Peace,Karen
I am so sad for your loss of your Dad.
Thank you also for your condolences.
I was hoping people would share their stories!