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Did the Bible make you an Atheist?

The more I studied the Bible, the more I thought it was bunk. I was astounded by the number of contradictions. Anyone else?

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Partially. It was super hypocritical and I kept poking holes in it all growinf up at church. I have a gay brother and I think thats what fully sent me over the edge. I couldn’t believe that god who apparently “created us” and knew our entire lives and choices ahead of time would then condemn his children to hell WHEN HE MADE US THAT WAY AND KNEW WE WOULD BE A CERTAIN WAY. I also hated how people often picked which oarts of the bible to listen to and ignored others. Condemn gay people but eat lobster and pork just fine and get divorced with no consequences.


My mother died suddenly I tried to find comfort in faith, I read the bible. Got to the end and thought wow, that is a lot of hooey. So i read other doctrines and sacred writings of other religions, came out the other side a solid atheist. I had always only really half believed and assumed that if I ever took the time to read the bible I'd truly believe, and wow did that go the other way.


The Bible made me realize that my religion was cruel. Religion class in college and science awareness was what made me an atheist. I realized all religions are BS.

Mariv357 Level 5 Oct 10, 2018

No. It was ugly people citing the Bible.

Byrdsfan Level 8 Oct 9, 2018

Reading the Bible was the beginning of my path to atheism. It wasn't the direct cause of my atheism, but it was the reason I was no longer a Christian. Reason took over from there.


Not really. It was mostly the hypocrisy of the congregation. When I was around 14 I realized my own hypocrisy. I didnt actually believe the bullshit. So I stopped going.

Della Level 6 Oct 9, 2018

nope. first of all, most people here mean the christian bible when they say bible, and i was never a christian, but as a secular jew, bible-reading just wasn't on my agenda. some deliberate thinking and consideration brought me to the realization that there were no gods.


genessa Level 8 Oct 9, 2018

Yes--once you start reading it, it just makes no sense & God turns out to be a huge jerk.

Carin Level 8 Oct 24, 2018

Absolutely. Spent 6 years reading everything I can,pro an con. I like Grimm better

Gojira Level 1 Oct 15, 2018

Yes, and no.

It planted a seed of doubt. However, the harshness of reality fertilized it, and time (and I suppose, self-reflection) sprouted it.

Mb_Man Level 6 Oct 10, 2018

Lack of belief in a god or gods made me an atheist, the BS in the bible was one of the things that helped get me there.

icolan Level 7 Oct 9, 2018

Yes absolutely !!


It didn't hurt, that's for sure!

KKGator Level 9 Oct 9, 2018

That's what I was going to comment.


I've always been an atheist.
The Bible convinced me that Christianity isn't a reason to change that.


Same here. The more I studied the Bible the more convinced I became that it was myth rather than reality. I find it full of false prophecies, contradictions, and just plain silliness.


Considering everyone is born an atheist, I would say the bible and other religious texts helped bring me back to that innate wisdom by means of their obviously fictional nature.

ejbman Level 7 Oct 9, 2018

No. The Bible is a story and is in and of itself unbelievable. What changed me is the fervent believers, their blatant ignorance and their inability to comprehend life without a deity.


Most of the bible stories I remember are silly or evil. If you hear your god telling you to murder your child, then maybe you need to seek professional help, not a weapon.

jerry99 Level 8 Oct 9, 2018

No, but the racism supported by bible verses sure did. I grew up in Mississippi.


No Catholicism did


The Bible convinced me that God doesn't exist. The OT prophecied 1 coming of their Messiah. The NT switched it to 2 comings. Jesus even tried to fulfill the OT prophecies of 1 coming but couldn't. He blamed his failure on the Jews' disbelief in him. After realizing Jesus couldn't be the Messiah, I tried to prove my findings wrong by studying and outlining the Bible, cover to cover. During this time I came across many things that caused me to be an atheist.


The 'Great Book of the Goat-herders Guide to the Galaxy' a.k.a the bible, went a little way to reinforcing my Atheism as did my studying Theology and Comparative modern Religions, BUT, I was an Atheist well before I came to know what an Atheist was.
I questioned everything that they triedt o teach me in Sunday School and School Scripture Classes, go expelled for doing so therefore that was the commencement of my journey into reality and Atheism.

Triphid Level 8 Oct 17, 2018

Well for me it was my awareness and exposure on science from my teenage years.


I had an interesting experience as a child. My parents weren’t particularly religious but they did go through the motions and forced me go catechism every Saturday morning. It was the very last place I wanted be and I thought that these people were nuts. What really nailed it at a very early age was that our next door neighbor was a Southern Baptist Minister. He really was a sweet man. I went church with his children and his family sometimes and the two churches were completely different. I thought right away, how can they both be right? I never believed but in my late teens I read the Old Testament cover cover just make sure I hadn’t missed anything and nope, these people were nuts!! I was lucky I escaped! ?

Lyndie Level 4 Oct 13, 2018

Seminary, studying religious history and thinking about shit made me agnostic. The Bible definitely played an essential role, I might not have made the leap away from faith without that idiocy.

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