Just out of curiosity...

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Thread Topic: Just out of curiosity...

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    rascal1178 Experienced
    How many atheists on here used to be theists and how many theists on here used to be atheists?
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    Hikaru Katsu Advanced
    I have always been a kitten.
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    Moyashi Senior
    Diruism is a better path for me. :I
    Believing in actual people is better than someone I've never once seen.
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    rascal1178 Experienced
    That's a good point, but Christianity believes in Jesus, who was God as a human.

    Just stating a fact, not meant for arguments.
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    Hikaru Katsu Advanced
    Are you challengin kittehz?
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    Moyashi Senior
    The man in my picture is my God.
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    rascal1178 Experienced
    No one is challenging the almighty kitten.
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    rascal1178 Experienced
    That seems interesting.

    To be honest, I've always that Diruism is interesting. Just the ideas behind it intrigue me.
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    barberbob2 Advanced
    I have only ever heard of a few atheists ever converting to theism. And usually they weren't very sure of themselves in the first place.

    On the other hand, I have personally converted several Christians to atheism on this site, and am an ex-theist myself.
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    Reanna15146 Novice
    used to be an athiest
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    rascal1178 Experienced
    I can understand barberbob's reasons for converting to atheism, as his knowledge of science is apparent, but Reanna, what made you decide to become a theist, if you don't mind my asking? Even then, I am curious as to exactly what scientific facts brought you into atheism, barberbob (sorry, I don't know your real name).

    I'm not trying to be rude, I'm just curious and have recently been trying to broaden my horizons of knowledge on this matter, not just with my own religions, but others as well.
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    barberbob2 Advanced
    I was raised Christian. I lived with my grandparents and my grand mother was very heavily Catholic. She had me go to a private Christian school all my young life. I attended mass every Wednesday and did my bible study without question.
    And yet because of the school I was attending, I was ostracized because I wasn't baptized. People would look at me funny or teachers would hesitate responding when they found out. I thought I had done something wrong. As a 10 year old kid I was determined to learn as much as I could.

    I read the bible, I looked up information, and I tried to learn. And then I hit the quagmire of theism. I asked questions. I was immediately told that God worked in mysterious ways and that we can't ever know his plans. That didn't work for me. I didn't agree with that. I was determined to understand it.

    My research eventually led me to reading about other religions. I had exhausted Christianity and still found no definite answers to anything. I researched Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, Satanist, Wiccan, and Nordic beliefs and I realized a horrible truth. All of the major beliefs; Jewish, Muslim, Christian; Are all almost exactly alike. Buddhism is more of a lifestyle choice and the Nords are barbaric. Sadly enough, the nicest and most pleasant groups I found were the Wiccans and Satanists. The two groups who I grew up believing were child sacrificing devil worshipers. I never knew them, because I believed what the church had taught me.

    This, as well as countless other small "white lies", made me begin to wonder what else the church had lied to me about. So I started to do actual research. Not from the bible or from religious sources. All I wanted to know is the answers to the holes in religion. I started looking into the science of it.

    I looked up the scientific history of the creation of the world. I found where they had presented proof that it was billions of years old. That was more than "God" could say. I was just supposed to take "God's" word. Yet another lie.

    I looked up the big bang and other theories and saw the actual science and physical provable evidence for what they were saying on everything I could find.

    I researched the actual history of Christianity. I was appalled at how a group that claims to be loving and understanding could have such a history of death and hate.

    I started looking into current events that had anything to do with religion and was horrified to see the exact same attitude making up so much of Christianity today. I became ashamed of myself. I felt sick at my stomach for wanting to be like them. For wanting to be the best Christian I could be. I felt physically ill for wanting to associate myself with that.

    At 11 years old I became an atheist. Not out of rebellion. Not to make a statement. Not to be different. I became an atheist because religion was dead to me. And there was no turning back.
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    madid Experienced
    I used to be Christian
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    rascal1178 Experienced
    @barberbob I have nothing to say except, "Woah. That was deep."
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    tongue Advanced
    I think what happened was that God stopped making sense to me at some point. I was 12 or 13. That was a pretty crazy period. We had people dying in Iraq, there was a terrible tsunami in Asia, there was Hurricane Katrina. I think once I started opening my eyes and seeing how much s--- happens in the world, I realized that God was just a fairytale I was told to shield me from the harsh reality of life. That didn't really work, because my personal reality was that I was thrown into special ed, barred from everyone else, and threated like I was less than human. So God not only wasn't working for soldiers in Iraq or the people killed in Katrina and the tsunami, but he had forgotten me too. God should feel the need to react if you ask me, especially if he has the ability to. So therefore I am an atheist.

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