I am 15 years old, like many children I was brought up to believe in a religion. My parents were bought up as Catholics so I was bought up as a Catholic, but from early on I saw holes in the religion, was not Hinduism as true for a Hindu and Catholicism was true for me? What made my religion right? There had to be a universal truth for everyone.
At age 12 I talked to my dad about my quires and to my surprise he told me he didn't believe in a god. He had bought me up as a Catholic but he himself didn't believe it, this puzzled me a bit. We talked a lot about philosophy and science over the next few years and he told me about the book 'The God Delusion' and i read it. It was a major turning point in my life to read it and to get confirmation that I didn't have to believe and that the world was so much more beautiful without a god totally changed my thinking of the world and life.
I now consider myself an atheist and appreciate rational thinking instead of far fetched dogma.