Converts, Thu, Jun 27 2013 #(2061)

Jun 27, 2013

Dear Dr Dawkins
I just want to say a huge thank you! For many years I was a Christian, attending pentacostal / baptist churches. I struggled for years with the basics of religion, praying was impossible because I just simply did not believe there was a God to pray to. I was told that everybody had doubts and at some point it would come to me, so I kept going in the hope that it would all become clear.

I attended healing sessions and watched bemused as seemingly sane and rational people ran out of the congregation like contestants on the price is right, only to fall down when they reached the front. When Canon J.John came to our church as a guest speaker one of his sons claimed he had cured a woman. She had been in a car crash and as she lay covered in bandages in her hospital bed he had touched her arm and she was cured. The whole church erupted with hallelujahs and I sat silently thinking of the paramedics and hospital staff who actually probably had saved this woman life, long before he got there, assuming she even existed. Our pastor claimed he had cured a woman of depression by pouncing on her and wrestling her to the ground after claiming ‘the poor woman has a demon!’. As someone who suffers from depression, I was horrified. Not only by the lack of understanding of what really is a quite a common illness but by the thought that if he found out I was receiving treatment I also might be subjected to one of his wwf smackdown style assaults.

When the youth pastor preached about children he claimed that religion should be taught from an early age because it would lead them to growing into good Christian adults with morals. This left me confused because as well meaning as his intentions were; I could see this was blatant indoctrination

The final straw for me came after a sermon by Trevor. I have no idea what position Trevor had in the church, apart from playing the guitar badly and wearing a big hat. His sermon was all about The God Delusion and how Richard Dawkins is an idiot. Obviously he wouldn’t be quoting from it because he hadn’t read it, he just knew it was bad, whereas the bible is good. Book bad, bible good, see? An inspiring sermon! I was interested in what had got Trevor so fired up so I went out and purchased the God delusion the next day and suddenly the clarity I always wanted about my religion was in front of me, I finally faced up to the fact I knew all along. It was bullshit. I just wanted to say thank you, (not for making me an atheist because I’ve always been one, I just didn’t know it), but for confirming my beliefs and inspiring me to speak out about them. I am truly grateful!
Tracy Blick

8 comments on “Converts, Thu, Jun 27 2013 #(2061)

  • I feel sorry for Tracy Blick for two reasons:
    1. She has never met Jesus as her Savior nor God as her heavenly Father, so no wonder she was a stranger among believers.
    2. It seems to me she was attending a church where people were looking for extraordinary happenings and not for the Word and Spirit of God.

    I wish she had met some sincere and genuine Christians…

    I had been an bigot atheist for the first 19 years of my life. I considered (well, not in front of them, but in my mind) all the Christians to be stupid or foolish. Then when I was at university, I saw the movie called “Jesus” shown by people from Campus Crusade for Christ. The character of Jesus gripped my heart and after a short time of seeking God with open heart and mind He changed my life forever overnight. It happened just after my first prayer to God to forgive my sins and to change my life according to His will and plan and I have never been the same ever since.

    I thank God I did not end up in a church like the one mentioned above by Tracy Blick – with “smackdown style assaults” and other extreme things – and I feel sorry for everyone who had been attending such churches and think they know everything about Christianity.

    Real Christianity is not meetings and extreme activities. It is based on relationship with God as Jesus has prayed “Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.” (John 17,3)

    Laszlo Adamik

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  • I had been an bigot atheist

    You could have been any type of atheist you wanted to be but you chose to be a bigoted one?

    It happened just after my first prayer to God to forgive my sins

    Ah!….. Sorry for choosing to be a bigot athiest? (- not needed)

    If I had gone through a realisation in such a way, I would have concentrated on the bigot part and not felt another type of guilt trying to blame my ‘sins’ on the atheist part and then deferring them to a god.

    Sorry but it seems you came to a point where you did not want to think it through and threw in the towel.

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  • Hi Laszlo

    If you find you’re a better person by adhering to your new-found faith, I wish you well.

    But if you find you desire to seek out and convert others to your beliefs, I wish you reconsider, reflect on the sin of Pride, perhaps you’re becoming arrogant, thinking you have the answer and others don’t.

    Others can think what they like, but it’s how your faith influences your actions in the world that matters. I do know good people who happen to be Christian, I don’t think these two things are related in any particular way. None of the good ones have had the bad manners or presumption to try to convert me from my poorly concealed heathen outlook.

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  • She has never met Jesus as her Savior nor God as her heavenly Father, so no wonder she was a stranger among believers.

    Laszlo @1
    Ahhh, and I suppose you have!

    You could try and convince us if you have some concrete evidence of this? Have you?

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