The stupid shit that it claims.
As a child I was raised in the JW cult and they just love all of the gory bits of Revelations. I would have to sit through hours of talk about the global slaughter to come when Jebus and his host of angels would slaughter the unrighteous (non JW's - what a surprise) to the point where the bodies would be piled high around the surviving JW's and the blood would reach up over our ankles. A my mother wondered why I had nightmares, possibly from the mental child abuse of having to listen to that sick shit every week and then fight my way to and from school through every schoolyard bully looking for a JW to pick on.
Religion is some very, sick shit.
I was teaching a year 6 class when one rapture was announced on the news, we discussed it and on the day as people arrived we all joked about how we were not good enough to be raptured. One student was not there at roll call. Rounds of laughter about how god was going to regret that (she was a lovely kid but could talk the hind leg off a donkey) then she turned up late. For the rest of the year the students all joked about how she was returned by god. She claims she slept in.
Religion meant little to me until I was in my 30s and started attending a nondenominational church. I became unhappy with changes in the church, wrote a letter to the elders/church board, and that precipitated me leaving the church but not Christianity. I checked out a few other churches and found that the same issues that had bothered me at the church (i.e. the role of women) existed in them, too. I always had a passion for myth and I began to read about religion and myth and that lead to seeking out pagans (whom I did not know existed, but a friend of mine was a closet pagan). It was easy to leave Christianity, but I was very close to many in the church--but I won't go into that.
I dropped Xtianity because my research showed me that all religions are based on the same myths. Reading non-Christian works on the history of Xtianity also did their work. I always had a hard time reconciling the hypocrisies in the Bible and thus, stopped trying to reconcile them.
I was a practicing pagan for about a decade and now, I am a pagan atheist. I do not believe in deities, but paganism still appeals to me for several reasons.
Reading the whole bible made me stop being a christian.
I tried to read it in my teens... could never get very far. A year ago this friend who would love to date me tried to tell me I needed to read the Bible for my depression and anxiety....I said why and no thanks I am currently reading Game of Thrones and I'm enjoying it more.
@Mizbecca Did you also watch it? I did not read the book but watched the entire series. I’m curious if the book was better?
@Shaggy2018 the books and usual are way better and have some similarities but a lot of differences. The last book is a horrible cliffhanger... like I am worried that the author will die before finishing the story.
Xtians still tell me to "read the Bible." I tell them that reading it is a big reason why I left Xtianity.
Shortly after I was confirmed as Anglican, around age 11 or 12 there was a phrase the congregation was obliged to repeat during a service one Sunday . Went something like.. “I am not worthy to pick up the crumbs from under the lord’s table.” I immediately took offence and thought, “why not? What did I do that was so heinous?”
I couldn’t think of a reasonable answer and from that moment on I felt the whole thing was bullshit.
Once I started to really think about it it all just seemed soooo...stupid.
I had not really thought about it until the last few years. A close friend of mine is very much a democrat, Atheist, and loves his weed so much he left Texas and moved to Denver. He started explaining to me how illogical it all is and the light which was all ready on but dim in my head started shining really bright.
I was never in it, being raised in a mainly secular home.
@Buck Yes in some ways I was, I was certainly never brain washed in early life, but of course an attempt was made when I reached school. Most schools in the UK being religious schools, especially, way back then. But that of course generated a reaction. Especially when I realized that the schools system actually possed a threat to a lot of the things, like science, geniune history, and especially the love of nature, which I had come by then to value.
I left Christianity when I realised that I had been told nothing but lies by self-seeking ignorant assholes.
I feel for your young daughter and I hope she recovers. I had her experience when I was nine years old.
I always thought it was bullshit. I finally read the Bible front to back and that just reinforced my non belief.
I studied it. Once I learned about it’s history, politics and opportunistic mythology, leaving was easy. Low-hanging fruit. I didn’t go straight to atheism, however, but explored a much more intellectually rigorous and abstract theistic tradition, which made me work harder to poke holes in. But I found those holes, and poked them.
Rapture anxiety. Oh, yes. That "great joy at his appearing" built on very little scripture at all. The belief that the world gets so wicked that god will have to remove believers from it and this could happen at any time (but nobody knows just when) so you have to be sharp and stay "prayed up." I love it. The book of Revelation talks of this and that book was declared to be a part of our modern day biblical canon some 300 years after the time of Jesus. I guess this means Jesus knew nothing of Revelation at all. Those that control us know all about it. There are so many different religious writings and all of them did not make it into the one big book. They are contradictory. Those within the big bible book and those that are not.
It was bible study that brought me to a conclusion that most of this is ridiculous nonsense. Recently in posts online a believer told me that "when I die I will know the truth of heaven and hell." I asked her to explain exactly which heaven or hell I was going to go to. Christian, Muslim, or some other lesser known doctrinal place. She was Christian and you cannot prove the bible with the bible. Religion is a farce!
I remember having vivid dreams as a child. Everything was chaos, earthquakes and fire! Angels hovered in the skies above. There was a large billboard rising up out of the mountains. It was filled with the names of those who were saved. Frantically I searched and searched for my name, but couldn't find it!
I would wake from this dream terrified !!!
I was a Mormon, freshly baptized even, when I took a college class (Ethics) for fun. The teacher, Mr. Scott, hosted a student activist meeting at his house and introduced me to Age Of Reason.
When I closed that book I became a Deist. When I told a friend about it he showed me a cute book called Tao Of Pooh and I loved it but didn't become a Taoist then. Just aware of it. First I evolved into an Atheist and I tend to share my thoughts with folks. That lasted for 20 years but 18 months ago a friend pointedly asked me why I kept going on about religion being the problem and it had an impact. I couldn't have said why, then, but it made me question the value of believing in nothing. That tears down a belief while offering nothing in return so only leaves folks empty. I saw that intuitively at that point. I then looked around and saw Tao quietly waiting in my closet. Since I recently vacated that closet I hadn't noticed but there it was and I embraced it. I began meditating more than usual and the dominoes began falling faster after detaching. That is where I am now and it's having physical effects on behavior I consider ingrained in me. Something I was powerless to prevent happening (bipolar shit) has not happened in the last month. It's had provocation but the frustration didn't get acted out. I do not remember a time when that didn't erupt out of me like a slipping fault. I must say that I like this calmness. Jesus didn't provide it but I'm no longer antagonistic toward him, either. He was god as we are all God and said as much. He's not to blame for what men have done with him.
In response to the meme, unfortunately, it's not limited to religious folks. For example, environmental activists scare children with a similar effect by saying that our planet is being destroyed and we are all going to die soon. That is the kind of line one ex Extinction Rebellion member used to say repeatedly to his daughter. When she started having nightmares and dreading the thought that she has only several years to live, the father left the group, realising how he's almost destroyed his daughter. Children are our future. Why do anything to destroy their minds instead of protecting them?
People that feel they have the right to say that to children should have the shit kicked out of them.
That idiot missionary whose body was dragged out to the beach when he visited a primitive island a few years got what he deserved.
The entire Rapture/Tribulation mythology is fairly recent. Sometime in he late 1800's.
Right, I never bought it either.....