My path to atheism started when I was 7-8 years old. When I was about 13, I was an atheist, but called myself an agnostic. I realized I was an atheist when I read a remark in some magazine. In Sunday school, I objected to the story of Abraham being asked to sacrifice Isaac & later objected to the story of Job. My father & I had a strong bond of love & respect. It seemed incredible to me that any god would ask for such a sacrrifice & that any father would consider obeying. This resulted in the teacher trying to convince me that Jehovah had his reasons & also noted that it was a test of faith rather than an intention to accept the sacrifice. My view was that a loving father would consider such a request to be evil & not would consider the requestor worthy of respect, admiration, obediance. The end of the discussion came when the teacher said I was too young to understand god's mysterious ways. Later, the story of Job seemed to indicate that Jehovah was unfair. It seemed terrible to me that he caused Job to suffer loss of wealth, loss of health, loss of family, & caused him to endure scorn from his peers. Again, the discussion ended with my being told I was too young to understand. My mind continued to dwell on those two Biblical stories, causing me to be skeptical about various other Biblical stories & resulting in my no longer accepting theistic notions. Are there atheists here who remember how they developed their POV? Are there theists here who have thought about the above two Biblical stories? BTW: One story which seemed plausible to me was David & Goliath. Teenagers tend to be reckless & not likely to worry about consequences of their actions.