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YeahScience last won the day on September 24 2015

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About YeahScience

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    Atlanta
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    Knitting, reading, vegetarianism, cats, swimming
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    I'm a work from home mom from Atlanta. I've tried living the Christian life, off an on, since 1994. Still mostly "in the closet".

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  • Still have any Gods? If so, who or what?
    Walter White. Just kidding. Atheist.
  1. Thank you Oh, I wanted to post some great news. I worked up the nerve tonight to at least tell my husband. We were at Wal-Mart and I whispered, "um, I have something I need to tell you. I think I'm...uh" and he chuckled and said, "an atheist?" He stuck out his hand, shook mine and said, "welcome to the club". I asked him why he didn't tell me sooner. He said, "I was afraid you'd be upset". Whew! What a relief!
  2. ^This is an excellent, and very comforting, way of looking at it. Thank you for sharing this. I really don't have any obligation to broadcast my beliefs, or lack thereof. And that you to everyone for the warm welcome. It's good to be here!
  3. Hello, everyone! I'm a 34-year-old work from home wife, momma, and pastor's daughter from Atlanta. I first got involved in church at the age of 13. My parents put me in church thinking it would keep me out of trouble. I've had several horrible experiences in Baptist churches. I've wavered back and forth between Christianity and various religions since the age of 20. My most recent religious exploits include a 3-year stay at the local Independent Fundamentalist Baptist church, where I tried to be fully immersed in the culture. I shunned secular music and books. I wore ankle length skirts and dresses only. I read the King James version of the Bible exclusively. This never felt right, but I tried to really play the part. I thought, perhaps, if I really put my all into talking the talk and walking the walk that something would click. All the years I was involved (heavily) in church, I tried reaching deep within myself to feel that sensation Christians so often testified about. The knowledge, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that Jesus died for our sins. It all seemed like I was standing outside of myself looking in. It never felt like it was a part of me. I was going through all of the motions, trying to make it work, but I never had that feeling. I could memorize Bible verses and pray the most beautiful prayers at ladies' meetings, but it all felt very surreal. After we were kicked out of our IFB church, because I posted things on my FB page about helping the homeless (it was said I was, perhaps, a little too liberal to fit in with the congregation), I felt that same familiar feeling I felt when I was 20 and was kicked out of my church for divorcing my abusive husband. It was a grief and betrayal I cannot adequately describe. Family kept telling me I couldn't abandon my faith just because of the bad behavior of a handful of Christians. The problem was it wasn't just a handful of Christians. When I pointed this out I was told, "Christians aren't perfect. Just forgiven." That seemed like a cop-out. I dabbled in Wicca, but it felt hokey. I studied Buddhism, but the concept of denying pleasure didn't resonate with me. When it dawned on me that I'm an atheist I was terrified to admit it to myself. I mean, it was bad enough I wasn't a Christian, but to not believe in any higher power? No one knows. I haven't even told my husband yet, and he isn't a Christian. I can never tell my parents. My dad is a pastor and I still attend his church once a week in a show of family solidarity. Fortunately it's a liberal congregation, so it's not as if I'm having to suffer through hellfire and brimstone sermons, but still. It feels as if a weight has been lifted off of me. I am comfortable with my atheism, but not to the point of being "out". Well, let's face it - for many of us in the Bible Belt, being "out" isn't exactly safe. I don't mind not blasting it for everyone to know, but I'm so grateful for this community where I can actually be myself.
  4. This gem has turned up in my FB feed twice since the beginning of August. I mean, what would life be like if the "War on CHRISTmas" didn't start six months before the holiday? The comments were even better. "You'd better not wish me Happy Holidays! I'll punch your lights out!" and "if Jesus isn't the reason for your season then MOVE out of America!" and "no one cares if they offend Christians anymore. Come quickly, Lord Jesus!"
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