Converts, Tue, Jan 29 2013 #(1318)

Jan 29, 2013

I can remember the first moment when I started questioning religion. It was 10th grade, and we were learning about the patterns of culture. The definition of the “Religious Pattern” was “A way that a culture explains the unexplainable”. And to me, something suddenly clicked in my head and it all started making sense. As a True Believer, you’re taught that your religion is correct and everyone else’s is wrong. But when I started imagining that such huge religions as Christianity, Judaism, and Islam could be made up, I realized that if any of them could be made up, it was more than likely that all of them were. Through the years I tried to tell my parents, and it turns out that every time I told them, they either didn’t believe me, or figured it was a “phase” I was going through. The most recent time I told them (I graduated college a year ago), we got into a very big fight about religion, and how I was throwing away my heritage, and how it would destroy my family. I haven’t brought it up again since then, and I think my parents might have gone back to deluding themselves that this was just “another phase”. I had been putting off reading The God Delusion since I first heard about it, mostly because I knew that I’d agree with what I read, and I didn’t want to cause any further family rifts. But finally I picked it up and read it, and the only thing that surprised me in there was that the focus on the book was to convince closeted atheists that it was safe to embrace their knowledge. I immediately called up an ex-girlfriend and very close friend of mine, and told her about everything. We had broken up back in the day solely because she needed someone who was on the same religious level as her, and I wasn’t that person. If I’m being honest, that’s the second reason I was convinced there was no such thing as god. No god would ever want to separate two people who were perfect for each other, and so it was clear that there was no Divine Hand guiding our paths. Thank you for helping me reaffirm my trust in my own logical mind, and for convincing me that it’s nothing to be ashamed of. It’s not something that ruins my heritage. Rather, it’s a step forward for evolution, and I’m excited to be a part of this Godless Revolution.
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