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