When did you know you were an unbeliever?
In Sunday school as a young kid. I remember thinking that the stories being told were like fairy tales and accepted them as that. Then I realized that these people teaching these stories, and everyone around me, took the fairy tales to be factual. I could not understand how they couldn't see that they weren't real.
I don't think I ever really considered myself as a believer. My parents took me to Sunday School when I was pretty young. Then to church proper some. By the time I was about 10 they said "we're not going every Sunday any more; let us know if you want to go and we'll take you". I never went again. It just never seemed "real" to me.
I never had a lightbulb moment where I knew I didn't believe. I wasn't raised religious, I thought I believed in god because I knew I was supposed to, even though it didn't make sense to me. I was lucky to meet a man who was an agnostic, he was the one who made me realize I didn't HAVE to believe.
I didn't really realize atheism was an option before that. So I started thinking about it, the more I thought, the more I questioned.
I am now, and have been for about 13 years, absolutely atheist. I will never believe in a god, and even if somehow, some way it turned out there was a god, I would never worship him.
Also, that agnostic man is now my ex husband but still my best friend, and we are together but separately raising two amazing children who have the option of free-thinking and deciding for themselves who and what they believe.
I was at a week long stay away bible camp when I was 8. I had questions for the counselors that went unanswered and the doubt set in. I drifted further away from the church and finally left becoming agnostic when I was 13. I became atheist in my early 20’s.