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Non-religious people: What convinced you to stop believing in God?

Discussion in 'Non-Theistic/Non-Religious Beliefs DIR' started by JeremK, Aug 31, 2015.

  1. ENTP Logician

    ENTP Logician Advocate for Reason

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    Correction: Any religion with supernatural claims.
     
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  2. The_Evelyonian

    The_Evelyonian Old-School Member

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    I was raised generic Christian and after spending nearly a decade and half plagued by doubts I decided to set my parents and pastor's recommended answer of "just have faith" aside and take a serious look at why I believed what I believed. It wasn't a short process and there was never really an "Aha!" moment, but (to shorten down to the cliff notes version) after looking at the arguments both for and against the existence of God, I couldn't find any compelling reason to keep believing.
     
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  3. Hubert Farnsworth

    Hubert Farnsworth Well-Known Member

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    Well, I am agnostic, simply because I decided to stop pretending to be convinced of the existence of something whose existence I cannot actually verify. I suppose I have technically been agnostic my whole life but never admitted it to myself until relatively recently.
     
  4. Naganami

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    The truth is within yourself and your DNA. Delve (mediate) within yourself to find the Truth. Only your personal Truth counts, not anyone else's. In truth you are God and the Universe. But you will not understand this unless you delve within yourself. Meditation is the key to spiritual knowledge, spiritual power, immortality, ect.
     
  5. 9-10ths_Penguin

    9-10ths_Penguin 1/10 Subway Stalinist
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    How?

    Let's assume for argument's sake that meditation leads to you feeling convinced of God (it never did for me, but regardless); why should we consider this feeling to be an accurate reflection of reality?
     
  6. Sha'irullah

    Sha'irullah رسول الآلهة

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    Islam. That is literally it.
     
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  7. Araceli Cianna

    Araceli Cianna Active Member

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    I started studying religious history, first biblical history, then religious history in general, and realised it was all mythology and none of it was real at all.
     
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  8. ChristineM

    ChristineM "Be strong" I whispered to my coffee.
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    What initially turned me away from religion is religious people. I'm dyslexic and as a child was effectively written off as stupid by the Christians of the church i attended. I eventually got so sick of the abuse metered out and left the church as a disappointed believer. Age 14 my dyslexia was diagnosed, prismatic glasses prescribed and a new world of words and education exploded in my hungry mind. My faith went the way of the dodo at uni, first year elective i chose history, the professor was hot on the middle east. That's when i begun to realise I'd been lied to and much of the Bible was in fact, babble, mythology, a series of stories based on older religions which in turn derived from power hungry control freaks.

    As confirmation i have been hurt (physically and emotionally) 3 additional times in my life, each time those causing the hurt were christian. So i researched why Christianity produces so many inhuman human beings, it turns out that when read as a book rather than selectively the bible itself is the sauce. Genocide, child murder, theft, slavery, rape, subjugation, intimidation, mysogeny are all taught as good religious virtues in the good god book.
     
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  9. CogentPhilosopher

    CogentPhilosopher Philosophy Student

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    I was raised by a Baptist mother. Around when I was 14 about to be 15, I was appalled by many of the strange rules and claims that it made. I knew that it contradicted science and honestly felt that it contradicted basic morality.

    My first assement was that there was something I was missing. So I started reading more of the Bible and when that just made the contradiction worse I started to see what other people thought of the Bible online. And me in my childish naivety figured that I could not have been fooled about the stuff in the Bible happening and that if anyone could fool me that it would be So whn I was around 15 I followed Luciferianism for a few months, keeping it to myself and a few friends. After that I spent some time there, I began to realize that modt people really only believed in the Bible becuase of how they where raised and figured it out that I was doing the same thing.

    Around this time an art teacher that was into energy working, a kind of "magical" practice, said that I drained energy from around me and that I was an energy vampire. So I looked it up and found that it was pretty cool to me and a lot of the traits attributed to than where attributable to me so I believed it and was really into it.

    So I went looking through the interwebs looking for a religion that would be a good expression of me. This was becuase I was still even more young than I am now, being around 15 or 16 at the time, and I felt a need for a sense of expression and identity. And during that stage of my life I found Wicca. A peaceful, ethical, and magical religion that embraced symmetry, karma, reincarnation, and lots of things I liked. So I was Wiccan all of the way through the rest of High School and I was open and productive about it, I even got a pentacle and wore it in school. Though I kept this from my mom. She did find out by accident one day and she was deeply disappointed though she was less so after over time I showed her that it was not satanic but nature venerating. And I was Wiccan in the beginnings of college but then I started to have my crisis of faith.

    Due to my childish nature at the time and due to the way I was sometimes treated for being Wiccan, not to mention having a little bit of an echo chamber with my two Wiccan friends at the time, I had found my self not just disliking Christianity but disliking many Christians before I got to know them which was very wrong. Do due to that I would often look at Christian debunk videos on the YouTube, many of them where done by atheists.

    These atheists started pointing out things like logical fallacies and using philosophical arguments which made me curious, so I started looking them up and slowly began to realize that my beliefs where based on what I wanted to be true rather than what was true. So for my first semester in college I was what could be described as bouncing between a Wiccan and an atheist who did Wiccan holidays and still believed in some of the magic stuff. Also even though I had learned that it was a four way chart of gnostic, agnostic, theist, and atheist. I still often told people I was just agnostic due to having a sense of shame in being an atheist due to my upbringing.

    I still believes in magic, I spelled it "magick" back then, becuase I thought that it was causing real effects and that these other atheists had just not tried it. And I started looking at other idealogies and such and began to practice Chaos Magick for a while. Due to some Chaotes arguments I kind of wavered between pantheism and atheism for a while. But soon I began to realize that all of the "magic" I did could easily be explained through natural explanations and that since it did not reliably work it was more likely to be caused by natural things. Around this time I began to suspect the energy vampire thing as well for similar reasons.

    Eventually after learning about the core of logical processes and the value of skepticism in my second semester of college. I finally cast of the shackles I had placed in my mind and have been striving to thing about the world in a logical manner ever since. I became very interested in philosophy and I now plan to transfer to a university after I complete my basics and major in it. I currently have completed Intro to Philosophy, Ethics, World Religions, and Humanities.

    I currently consider myself a freethinker, skeptic, humanist, transhumanist, and a agnostic atheist.
     
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  10. 2xtreem4u

    2xtreem4u New Member

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    I haven't started believing in a god :)
     
  11. Ayjaydee

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    Same thing that made me quit Santa, Easter bunny. And tooth fairy, it just quit making sense
     
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  12. ChristineM

    ChristineM "Be strong" I whispered to my coffee.
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    Welcome to RF.
     
  13. Ayjaydee

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    Cheers
     
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