My religious upbringing and a timeline
I was born an atheist, at 5 I was sure God existed because I was told by the person I trusted the most that God existed. As I learned about the bible and started to understand the world I became a little more agnostic on the idea and was an agnostic catholic at 8. At 13 my mother decided the Catholic Church wasn’t exciting enough and we joined a born again Christian Church, I was 13. I said the special password prayer you need to say to let Jesus know you want in to heaven. Literally, this was the argument and justification, say this prayer and you won’t burn in hell, you’ll go to heaven. What 13 year old that still trusts his mother wouldn’t do that? I did it… I was an agnostic Born-again Christian. I talked to Jesus at night before bed, and I tried to get my father on the proper path as well. I was tortured over the thought of him going to hell.
As I learned about science I leaned towards being an agnostic deist. This process lasted several years and I happily with any type of theistic belief. I was living with a non-practicing Jewish father who I thought of as very “Jewish” and now know him as someone who believes in Spinoza’s God or Einstein’s deistic leanings. When I was about 20 I looked up atheism for the first time on the internet, I found Jake who helped me think myself out of my deism. I was able to call myself an agnostic atheist less than a week later. For the first time I was able to call myself an atheist without thinking I was evil because of the word that my mother brainwashed me about, that was 14 years ago. It was at that point I decided to spend my life correcting the wrongs of religion.
Mom, if you’re reading this… keep in mind, your completely ridiculous religion helped cause our family breakup. Religion kills families. My efforts come in large part because of how religion was forced on me as a child, but also because of all the other people who have told me about their upbringings, some of whom can use the word “Cult” to describe how they were brought up. I was about 14 when you started praying for me to want you in my life, it’s been 20 years, where is that getting you?
My thoughts,WOW!!!!If I was to word my thoughts to you and your clan from the ABC debate with Kirk Cameron till now,I’d have to say you are a complete and total IDIOT!!!May my God forgive me!!ROLLING YOUR EYES AND SHAKING YOUR HEAD!!!I didn’t see the Christians doing that!!!That’s all you all do is WHINE!!!WAH!!!!Do you see Christians do that,I don’t!!Ya’ll got the 10 commandments out of the courtroom and stopped prayer in school and you don’t see the obvious of what that has done to America.Our forefathers built this nation as a nation under God and you and your brethren are doing all you can do to wipe it out,but it never will happen!!Allot of the reason this country is in moral decay is due to the fact we have turned our backs away from God,but no you don’t see it that way!!It’s the Christians fault!!!So intelligent,but such an IDIOT!!Throughout recorded history Atheists have killed more innocent people than what God has done to unjust and while I watched that debate years ago,you said something about atheist around the world!!You need to get some facts straight about that and not some second hand poll that you and your comrades made up!!I try to maintain my composure and do the Christian thing,but in a world full of idiot’s and haters it’s sometimes hard to do.IT’S EASY TO BLAME THE OTHER PERSON AND I SEE YOU HAVE DONE THAT ALLOT ALL YOUR LIFE FROM JUST THE FEW HOURS I READ ABOUT YOU!!!MAYBE JUST MAYBE IT WASN’T YOUR MAMA’S FAULT FOR BREAKING THE FAMILY UP,MAYBE IT WAS BRIAN’S FAULT!!That just made you look more like a whine bag!!!!WAH!!!WAH!!!