Life After God

Discussion in 'Religion' started by StrangerInAStrangeLand, May 23, 2017.

  1. StrangerInAStrangeLand SubQuantum Mechanic Valued Senior Member

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    What happens when you spend six months or a year or five years wondering about the existence of God and concluding that there is, at best, no compelling reason to believe? In particular, what happens when you experience this loss of faith after having been born into and continually immersed in religious life? In the midst of exploring arguments for and against the existence of God I very early on began asking a question which, in my case, is far more important:What do I do now?

    To listen to some atheists, you would think that the consequences of not believing in God are on the level of starting a new job or moving to a new house. Disruptive, sure, but not too difficult. Some feel that Christians have been pretending this whole time anyway so the admission of unbelief should come as a huge relief. And for many, it does. I certainly experienced a sense of relief at no longer needing to hold together incompatible ideas that I felt mustfit together somehow. But for most there is also a deep sense of loss and lostness. Sincerely held religious beliefs are not a surface level trait that can be discarded without affecting one’s entire psyche and worldview. These beliefs are an integral part of the scaffolding of the believer’s life. In my case, my faith informed my social ethics (“forgive your enemies,” “do not lie, cheat, and steal”), my communal obligations (“you belong to one another”), my politics (we are citizens of God’s kingdom), my vision for the future (the promise of a new earth), and so much more. Removing religion and faith from my life was more like a surgical process than a snake shedding its skin. The roots run through everything including family, friends, community and neighborhood.

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    Throw away your crutches and learn to walk again.
     
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  5. Michael 345 Next for NT Anzac Day 2018 Valued Senior Member

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    Take all the best from your beliefs

    Lead a good life

    If you're up to it start your own Religion where you are the CEO and get to make the rules

    Even if you remain the only follower you should find it more liberating

    Caution

    Overdosing on Religion results in The god complex

    If this happens you must discarded any remaining Religion

    and prey you return to a sane human being

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  7. StrangerInAStrangeLand SubQuantum Mechanic Valued Senior Member

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    As I presently recall, the bad part of it for me was realizing my parents, family & friends lied to me so much & realizing that so many people are so deluded.

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  8. Seattle Valued Senior Member

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    I can see how that would be the worst part of it. I grew up in a religious environment/community but it wasn't really pushed on me too hard. I had to go to church until a certain age but it wasn't an evangelical environment.

    It never took on me (I was never a believer) and I quit going to church as soon as I was allowed to. I don't understand how everyone else (family) can believe that stuff but they do.

    So, I get what you are saying but your family probably didn't "lie" to you. I assume they believe in it all.

    Just be glad that you figured all this out and now it's in the past. I don't think we need to replace religious with something else. Religion can make you "needy" for want of a better word so my advice would be to just get over it.

    Some people get divorced and then have to get married to someone else almost immediately because they don't like to be alone. It's much healthier to learn to be happy when you are alone and then if you meet someone else great. Otherwise it's just two needy people.

    It can be the same way with getting out of religion. Good luck.
     
  9. DaveC426913 Valued Senior Member

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    I'd be surprised if anyone stopped believing in God without having first and simultaneously thought of what life means without it. Isn't that sort of the premise to stopping believing? Realizing that the world actually does tick along fine without it? i.e. doesn't that sort of precede the disbelief? Otherwise, what triggered the disbelief in the first place

    For me, the first thoughts were along the lines of 'I'm not sure God is involved in my day-to-day. I seem to manage to tell right from wrong without being watched. Surely that's what is means to be a grown up.' It was only after I concluded that life could go on without God that I realized I didn't believe in it.
     
  10. Seattle Valued Senior Member

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    I was always amazed that anyone would believe this stuff. I grew up in a religious family in a small town in the South (US). It was just the culture. It's true I wasn't around evangelicals. Most of the churches around me were moderate to mild (nominally I was a Methodist).

    I'm sure it's different when the religious talk is non-stop and when it is forced on you but everyone around me was nice, everyone went to church. I had to go to until a certain age along with Sunday School.

    I just never believed it, no one my age talked about religion and when I was old enough to have to not have to continue going to church I just stopped.

    I assumed that many others did believe and that many others didn't believe.
     
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