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When/how did doubt about God's existence occur?

For former believers, what started the train of doubt that led you to be atheist or agnostic? Was it a moment or a build up of events?

VampFatale 4 Apr 16

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At twelve I decided to read the bible. Even at that age I could not believe the written word, that turned me into a none believer pretty quick.

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Forever. The question you need to ask yourself is not " if there is or is not a God" but "what are the possibilities?" Remember your earliest memories, before you were taught the concept of god. There are infinite possibilities, up to a child's imagination. A masculine, creator, judgemental god is simply one possibility from an infinite number.

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When he told me sex before marriage was a no no !

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The emergence of personal computers, modems, and the proliferation of the Internet opened up a whole new world to me. I purchased my first PC in 1987 and immediately used it as a tool in my honest quest for the truth. Not only did I broaden my knowledge in science, specifically biology, cosmology and physics, I began to frequent Fidonet and Internet newsgroups where there was always a lively and educational debate ongoing between theists and atheists.

A curious kibitzer at first and an active participant later, I was absolutely flabbergasted at ignorant, weak and downright intellectually dishonest arguments that were promoted by the theists. At this time, I still believed in the existence of God, but with each subsequent day my long-standing and firmly entrenched beliefs were melting like a late spring snow in the brilliant sunshine. I cannot pinpoint an exact time when the realization hit me, but for the first time I seriously considered the possibility that all of my religious beliefs were a huge lie, a sham, a worldwide hoax of enormous proportions. “How could so many people be so very wrong?” I constantly thought to myself.

The evidence against, or more correctly, the lack of evidence to support belief in supernatural beings, continued to mount in favor of atheism. How could God be real, any more than a concept, when the message was so riddled with errancy and the messengers so feeble and weak? Shouldn’t an omniscient and omnipotent God stand up to the harshest scrutiny? I did not understand.

From my essay [patheos.com]

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At a very young age I would question everything ever told to me by my religious teachers. Most where volunteers or lower church officials just teaching 1st graders when I'd ask them to explain to me how god can know when I'll die and give me free will. Oh and if foriegn non believing children all go to hell. As you can imagine I got different answers everytime. I guess I've always doubted but didn't leave until I was 18 because I didn't want to be punished by my parents.

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Though raised Catholic, I don't ever remember believing it. I initially refused to be confirmed. My dad told me he didn't really care, except that I wouldn't be able to have a church wedding. He bribed my by offering his signet ring if I chose a name that would give me the same initials. I went for it. It wasn't until I was in my forties that I learned all three of my sisters were also life-long atheists. Why didn't we ever talk about it?

Its funny,religion and politics have a huge effect on all peoples lives but we are told never to talk about them,because we might upset people.Avoidance of these topics is what cause the problems we live with.

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Was raised going to church every Sunday, saying grace before meals, etc. Not sure I ever really believed, but spent a lot of my youth hiding my doubts (and feeling guilty) because I was expected to believe, in order to be a "good" person. Studied in India for a year after high school, and observed mostly hinduism, but other faiths there also. Found these other faiths unbelievable, then realized that christian beliefs were just as strange. I wonder how many people claim to believe in god(s), simply because it's expected by family or community.

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Well I am not really sure which is funny as both my kids went to catholic school and I volunteered there a lot.

I told my kids to keep a open mind , after they saw a lot of back stabbing and stuff at school by parents and some teachers . I had told my kids that it matters more how you treat people and how you carry yourself when you think nobody is looking. At the bottom of the elementary school and church parking lot is a valid sign that says no right turns.
I bet you can guess how many folks turned right even the priest.

Then I used to get mad and ask if the hundreds of little babies who will die tonight did that god decided to kill them or the ones he choose to starve to death.

Well now I am dying from stage 4 pancreatic cancer but currently in remission for he past 15 months after a bit more then a year of high dose Chemo.

So when they I get my check every 4 months good news or bad I thank the doctors and nurses and others at the hospital that helped me not so fairy tale man in the sky

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I remember reading the bible, especially the parts people "used" to justify things like heaven, hell, etc. After reading it in depth and studying it in depth with different mythologies and historical sources, then I found the same people creating these claims did not even read very much into the bible, not to mention the actual concepts being used in it. Clearly something was wrong. People either were not literate enough to read, or they believed something blindly. The more and more I read, the more obvious it became how ridiculous these beliefs really are. The idea of GOd in itself is not at all the issue, but the idea that a preacher has a special power over God to tell you what to do in your life and can command eternity, is where it hit me something is not kosher here. That sort of desire to rule the world seems to be from comic books but some people do succeed in getting followers using these tricks. Either way, I have become more understanding that most people simply don't think much and beliefs cannot be taken so offensively. Clearly if God is real, then he would not need preachers to represent him anymore than I need Congress to represent wall street.

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It was a build up of different things. There's a lot of parts in the bible that were hard for me take. I realized that I was rationalizing a lot of it. So I lost my faith in stages. First I rationalized that people had just screwed up the message. Then I rationalized that the new testament was God clarifying things that people screwed up. But there are some things in the new testament that are as bad as the old testament. So then I quit going to church and just had my own ideas about who and what god was. I realized there was no basis for these ideas so I became agnostic. Finally a co-worker took me that I was an atheist that just couldn't admit it to myself. She was right.

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Reading the bible 🙂

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I kind of disbelieved so young I don't remember. It was when I read negative writings that I began to take disbelief seriously. The Methodists used "Jesus Christ is King" for a theme for a conference and I realized I didn't believe Christ as devine. I thought the church should change to make Jesus a less definitive diety. Then it occured to me, "don't change the church, change you". Coming to the realization that there is no god took a lot longer. I struggled with thoughts that there had to be something after death. Finally I realized there doesn't have anything after life except decay and without body there is no brain function. Perhaps that is discourageing, but so be it. Taday I think of death as taking a wonderful nap. The concept of eternal life looses its glamor when you think the first 50,000 years might be ok, but than it might get boring. I don't think I've given you much comfort, but sincerely hope you find it in your spiritual travels.

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I am a 4th generation atheist. My great grandfather was a member of an Ethical Society in the 1800s. Being brought up atheist I found religion peculiar and wondered why the need to invent a god to rule over mankind. I read the Bible (or book of books) and thought there were many fascinating historical stories, but that was all they were. No proof of god resides in that book.

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I had my doubts as a child, and when I found that the word "bible" simply meant "a book of books," that really got me thinking. I became an agnostic at a very young age, and years of reading (including the enire Bible), and thinking, and looking at religion and philosophy and psychology left me with no choice, as it only reenforced what I felt when I was young. That's why the powers that be, whether religious OR political, HATE education and critical thinking!

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Over a period of time. Documentaries like hell house, Jesus camp, religiolous always helped paved the way to doubting god. I was brought up in a conservative Christian family.

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Question been asked many times with many answers available. We like to tell our story.

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Age 6 when I began to suspect Santa was not real and that magic didn't exist either therefore because religion required the belief it magic I became highly suspicious.

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Prior to my 1st communion..

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The moment I read Nietzsche

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I was about 8 years old. One night I was sitting in my bed pondering life and existence, you know those things 8 year olds do. I started to think about the lack of any provable intervention that happens here and then I asked God to give some kind of sign... None showed up. I continued being Christian until I was about 15 and going through what one could lightly call a "rough patch" having similar thoughts as I did that night though I had more access to various life experience. I always think back to that night when I when this question gets brought up though.

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I am seeing a lot of reasons for concluding that religion is wrong but not a whole lot about the possibility f a creator. Religion really should not be the sole reason we conclude there is no creator only that religion is not designed by one.

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I do not conclude there is no God(s) just that religion is not truth. In my opinion there could be a creator from another galaxy that abandoned us. WIth all we know about altering DNA we could easily create another species in petri dishes and send them to Mars. We would then be their creators (Gods) but that sure does not mean we care about them or have any control over how they function. My doubts are in the image of God we have been handed not in the possibility of a creator with the technology to make humans as we are. The problem is that too many people think "intelligent" design means wisdom and concern but Hitler was intelligent and I could seriously see him creating another species to try and control,

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When I listened to DearGod by the band XTC in the 80’s. Never got it out of my mind until I finally gave up the illusion of god and just started being myself in the late 90’s. Took a while but I feel like I am living as my true self now, flaws and all.

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For me I was never really a huge believer, when I was little I thought every one was a catholic and that church was just something we did. I didn’t really think about my first few years on this planet. Whenever I kneeled in the pews and we had to pray I always felt silly: I wasn’t one of those kids who had imaginary friends either.

It wasn’t until I went to go live with my aunt who were some denomination of Protestant that I started seeing the whole religion thing as something odd. I had to go to chapel on Wednesdays and whenever I would ask questions about why they were doing and saying somewhat different things from the Catholics, they basically just said that they were right and the Catholics were wrong.

This was the point when I started to think well how do I tell who is right? Then the snowball started rolling and bam before you knew it, I was an edgy teen atheist: listening to black metal and everything.

I held a lot of hatred toward the religious for a long time, but now in my 20s I’ve let that go and now I can have conservations about religion without things getting heated ( or at least without me being the aggressive party)

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When I was a child, my Grandparents dragged my to church every Sunday. Catholic. I sat and listened, did the Sunday school thing. It never made sense to me. I was punished by giant penguins more than once for not being able to understand how Santa Clause, (whom I had never seen in my house) wasn't real, but God (whom I never saw anywhere) was. I never believed and I stopped going to church when I was around 6-7

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