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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.

Stressmonster Level 3 Oct 10, 2018
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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.

CommonHuman Level 5 Oct 10, 2018
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No. It was ugly people citing the Bible.

Byrdsfan Level 7 Oct 9, 2018
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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.

EarthKate Level 5 Oct 9, 2018
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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 5 Oct 9, 2018
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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.

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genessa Level 7 Oct 9, 2018
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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.

educatedredneck Level 7 Oct 12, 2018
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Church and the bible were negative experiences for me. My college studies in Philosophy and Philosophy of Religion really opened a door and I tiptoed through, at first, to many discoveries.

jimdaughters Level 3 Oct 11, 2018
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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 5 Oct 10, 2018
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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
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Ditto!

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Not the bible, no, but all of the books I read on ancient Greek and Roman mythology, and the Norse gods I learned about as a child - that pretty much forced me look at the "creation" of gods and goddesses answer the questions we now has science answer! If something was unexplained, it was a god or goddess responsible. Hmmm... If humans do not know the answers a phenomenon, then they create a deity be "responsible"... Now we have scientific explanations, and there is no need for the ancient made-up answers. Easy peasy. I was an atheist from early childhood! (I was an early and voracious reader).

Rustee Level 4 Oct 10, 2018
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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
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Yes absolutely !!

Wildgreens Level 7 Oct 9, 2018
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It didn't hurt, that's for sure!

KKGator Level 9 Oct 9, 2018
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That's what I was going to comment.

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

hrichardson8 Level 5 Oct 9, 2018
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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.

BestWithoutGods Level 5 Oct 9, 2018
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My common sense and deductive reasoning did.

Irish-welder Level 6 Oct 9, 2018
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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
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No, the bible didn't make me an atheist. It the lack of sciencetific proof of creation, having religion cramed down my throat, and having a family member imply I would go to hell if I changed sects.

freedom41 Level 7 Oct 9, 2018
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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.

Kimberclimbs Level 5 Oct 9, 2018
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No, reading the bible made me become a pagan for 23 years. Then I became an agnostic for a few years. Then I became an Atheist.

xenoview Level 4 Oct 9, 2018
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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 5 Oct 9, 2018
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The lies how religious people treated others and each other, the world full of crime hate and con artists using religion to steal from the poor. Giving the false hope. Then someone gave me a bible and cemented my atheism even deeper in my mind. I compiled a list of over 50 terrible and misleading passages.

benhmiller Level 6 Oct 9, 2018
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No, but the racism supported by bible verses sure did. I grew up in Mississippi.

DoctoralZombie Level 6 Oct 9, 2018
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Yup. One of the quickest routes to being an atheist is actually reading the Bible.

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