Converts, Wed, Jan 30 2013 #(1272)

Jan 30, 2013

Dear Richard

I'm not sure this of of any interest to you, but I thought I would share the moment I became an atheist. Unlike many this happened in a singular event, when I was actually hoping for some comfort from a god, my particular christian god.

I have had a fascinating 42 years of life, and would say I have experienced more than others. I have seen the human race at its best and worst, having served as a soldier in Bosnia. The army as you are aware encourage religious beliefs in order to 'fill in the gaps' when courage or hope deserts us. But that is not when my tragic 'event' happened.

In 2003 my much loved mother died. It was by far the most horrific moment I shall ever have thought could happen. It left me devastated far more than I could have imagined, and still haunts me to this day. About two weeks after I had a dream, it was in the very early hours of the morning, and very dark. I dreamt that my mothers death was a mistake, a bad dream. I was so completely excited that it woke me from my dream, I sprang out of bed (literally) and turned on the light, reaching for my clothes. I was going straight over to my mums house to tell her how much I loved her. Before I had even put my leg in my trousers I realised the futility of my actions, and the horror of what was a dream turned into a nightmare. At that moment I knew there was no god. If there was he is an evil being with no time for compassion or thought for us.

Thank you for enlightening the world, lets hope we can see the back of religion soon.

Kind regards
Jon
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