I enjoyed this recounting of this guy’s path from evangelical Christianity to an atheist perspective. I felt like it mirrored my own journey at times. And I admired how this guy is able to communicate the journey.
I’ve found similar experiences especially when talking to people who are so far invested into belief that taking any other direction would uproot their lives, habits, ideas, etc, so far that it seems to heavy or difficult to walk away from faith.
I was speaking to my therapist yesterday on this topic, and we were discussing how the behaviors of achieving the impossibility of perfection, of overt modesty, of constant admission of sin or thinking that I lived in sin was a destructive way for me to live.
Come to think of it, every time my family prays before a meal, the person praying ends it with “forgive us our sins … in Jesus’ name … amen.” EVERY time.
Forgive us our sins. What sins? Who determined all these so-called sins? That blanket admission that we must have done something wrong, always doing something wrong, always fucking up, always disappointing the creator of the universe, always screwing up, and always apologizing for it, even the things we can’t think of … that shit was destroying me.
Phew. That took a turn.
The guy in the above video has given an excellent version of what it’s like to evolve, become better, become more complete and satisfied with life. I love it. I wish more people could at least consider what he’s saying with some iota of respect.
He admits to being a former southern baptist, which is in the news today for widespread sex abuse claims. That shit is NOT helping their cause to continue trying to convince the world that they have validity.
Here’s a description from the guy in the above video. Enjoy.
I think it’s finally time I tell the full story of how and why I became an atheist. I deconverted from Christian fundamentalism over 3 years ago now, and I’m glad I did. Issues like old earth vs young earth, evolution vs creationism, the Bible vs LGBT rights, got me thinking about the validity of faith, Christian apologetics, and personal religious experiences, and I eventually changed my perspective on all of those things. The strangest part of my story may be that Young Living Essential Oils played a roll in my becoming an atheist. Because I was without them for so long, I recognize the importance of critical thinking skills, healthy skepticism, and scientific literacy. I hope that this video will help those who feel isolated as an atheist or agnostic, or who are still in the atheist closet and are thinking of coming out. Share your story if you can, but always stay safe.
I’m crying laughing. This is a solid lip read.
CAMDEN, Ark. (KARK) – A family-owned Christian grocery store with several locations in Southeast Arkansas is dealing with backlash as customers argue a weekly ad mailer included a controversial political message.
The ad book was sent to four Mac’s Cashsaver stores in Arkansas. According to the store, the mailer typically includes a religious or political message. The current mailer includes a message that references the U.S./Mexico border wall controversy. It reads, ‘Heaven has a wall, a gate and a strict immigration policy. Hell has open borders. Let that sink in.’
Those words aren’t sitting well with some customers.
Wall or a gate or whatever. Keep those illegals out of heaven! Not one dirty human who commits a thought crime gets in! Send those humans, those nasty dirty assholes to the open borderland of HELL.
The bar is set so low. It makes more sense to step over.