After you stopped believing in God how did your life improve?
There is a humbleness that came with the realization. Both in terms of accepting who I was, and accepting what death was. In a free society, people tell you to be yourself, and there is definitely a stress that exists for closeted atheists (or closeted anyone). So, when I had to admit what I was, not just to the people around me, but to myself, it was like lifting a weight off my shoulders. There are still times where I feel the need to defend my viewpoints, but at least now I can do it knowing that it is who I am.
And, in regards to death, I felt it has helped me accept it better. It's easy to fear death, as it marks the end of this life you've lived. But the concept of eternity was arguably more frightening to me. I mean, the thought of existing, in any form, forever, is hard for us to imagine. So adding judgmental demons and angels to that eternity just made it that much more stressful.
Thinking of death like the time before we were born (of which we have no knowledge) has helped me understand it. When I do die, I won't have the capacity to be sad about it, or the capacity to even be aware of it. Billions of years can pass by and I won't be any worse off. That obliteration of existence might seem sad to a human mind, but it's really the only merciful way to go.
by M. T. Dremer 2 years ago
Atheists, can you remember the moment you stopped believing in god?Obviously theism and atheism aren't switches that can be easily turned on or off. These kind of decisions are made after a lifetime of knowledge and experiences. But, as an atheist, can you remember the moment where it all added up?...
by secularist10 5 years ago
Let the madness begin.
by stanwshura 4 years ago
What if God does not exist?What if there is no God. What if he was the invention of humanity trying to control humanity. What if God is to people what Santa Claus is to kids - somebody not to piss off because you just wanna get your loot (or place in "Heaven") in the end.
by blueorpurple 6 years ago
Do you believe in God?
by The Minstrel 6 years ago
Ultimately, Christianity is a personal thing before a personal God, not the church. Could it just be that human beings are screwed up and like any other organization on the face of this earth, the church has its fair share of screw balls? To not believe because of a few pharisees is foolish. If we...
by Peter Freeman 8 years ago
I keep hearing and reading this phrase and I must confess it doesn't make sense to me. I know what "Believe" means and I know what "in" means. It's when the two words are put together I don't understand.Phrases like "Do you believe in God?" or; "I believe in...
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