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When did you know you didn't believe?

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I've been skeptical since around the 5th grade. (1995) In kids church, the message was speaking in tongues. I am a very musical person ... and able to mimic things by ear.

I raised my hand and said, " you mean speaking like this (mimic speaking in tongues from what I hear from teenagers and adults)

The kids pastor stopped me, clapped his hands once, then snapped his fingers at me and said...
"See hears the thing... You can't do that, unless you are filled with the holy spirit."

Which struck me as odd, due to, I was just saying what everyone else was saying, but when I said it, it was discredited.

Last year, Feb 2018, is when I official labeled myself an Atheist.

WeaZ Level 7 Mar 14, 2019

As I've said before I'm not sure I was ever a 'believer'. Church was just something my mom made us do. As an abusive, emotional manipulator, once she found a place she could excel I didn't stand a chance. I'm good a faking when it's in my best interest.

PhoebeCat Level 7 Mar 11, 2019

When I was a poor, and hungry adolescent.

davknight Level 7 Mar 11, 2019

Around age 9, I had started to question the logic of the teachings of our pastor. I Was just about 8 when my mother died. I had repeatedly asked why "god" allowed that to happen. The answers just didn't add up. That is when my "faith" was shaken. As I grew up, it became quite apparent that there is no "god", and that religion is simply an archaic form societal control. All of the major religions were just a method for people to live within a societal structure without having to come up with their own sense of morality, ethics, and sense of right and wrong. My "conversion" (not even sure if I ever believed, to be honest) culminated with my high school yearbook quote: "Control is an illusion bent on the destruction of society. The random variables to life's problems means the outcome is not what is expected". What that means is you can't control what happens, and the more you try the more likely you'll fail.

Rignor Level 7 Mar 11, 2019

I can't recall ever actually believing and my parents sent me to catholic school first through sixth grade. Went to church, did the alter boy gig but just did those because it was the thing to do at the time. Can't recall ever praying to or thinking about god.

Mark013 Level 7 Mar 11, 2019

Listening to the insane conversation of classmates at our long elementary school lunch table. Sounding proud of their brand of introduced insanity, they went down the row describing ‘their religion.’ I actually felt weird not having one, for a short time smile001.gif

Varn Level 8 Mar 11, 2019

I would say around the year 2000. I felt so confused with the christian religion. I started reading about the American Forefathers an the Age of Enlightenment. This country was not founded on the Christian religion. I started reading about Deism and became very interested. I read Thomas Paine's 'Age of Reason' and that sealed the deal for me when it came to my unbelief in any religion.

balou Level 8 Mar 11, 2019
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