Converts, Tue, Jan 29 2013 #(1614)

Jan 29, 2013

Dear Richard,

I just wanted to say thanks for helping me feel that I am not alone. I read your book The God Delusion. It was one of the books that helped me realize that there is no God. There was a nagging doubt about religion in general since I was young (I went to Catholic school for 12 years). I never seemed to understand what everybody got out of going to mass. I just always was made to feel guilty and not good enough (Lord, I am not worthy…).

I am finally coming to terms with what it means to live without a God. I was brainwashed into believing that there is an afterlife. Maybe I would have made different choices along the way, had I not believed in God (not criminal choices). We’re told suffering is good. Good for what?!!?!? Now, I just have to get past the fact that once I’m dead, that’s it! There is no Heaven to look forward to. But now I appreciate life so much more. I no longer feel guilty about not going to church, praying, or believing in God. It’s like a big weight has been lifted from my shoulders. Because, there is only one life, I made some much needed changes in my life. Thanks, I will always be grateful!

S
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