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So my mom and I told my 11 year old sister that I was an atheist. My sister didn't understand why I didn't believe in a god so I told her why. She did ask questions that I couldn't answer but I wasn't mad. I was more surprised about my mom support me even though she is Christian. Never thought I have a supportive family.πŸ˜„

SendouQ 4 Aug 15

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There are a ton a questions that I don’t have answers for. That’s why I’m an atheist. It sounds like you have a pretty good family.

Thanks. I have to thank my brother for everything. My mom didn't want to except me but my brother said "does it matter? He still your son and he need you more than ever." He in the army and he take no BS.

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Sometimes, people will surprise you. πŸ™‚
Real love and real support can't be confined by religion or belief. Good peeps is good peeps. <3

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Be sure to support your family, as they have supported you.

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Most mothers love their children unconditionally. Our children sometimes do not understand that when we are critical of them, it is never that we don’t accept them, rather we are trying to protect them...usually from themselves. Your mother obviously realizes you have come to your conclusion legitimately. Good on her, especially for encouraging you to explain it to your young sister.

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Cherish that mother and let her know how you feel. It will make her happy.

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I'm glad to hear your family is supportive of you!

What questions did your little sister have that you could not answer? Maybe you can get your answers here?

Why god don't help out people in Africa? I didn't want to tell her because even though we ask the same question when I was her age, she and I had different view at that age.

@SendouQ I think if she is asking that question, there is hope for her.

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That is a very positive event!

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Glad to hear of a successful family moment story on here πŸ™‚ Good on ya.

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I'm happy for you!

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You're very lucky !

Thanks

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Great πŸ‘mom

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That's great to hear - you're lucky indeed to have a mom who cares for and loves you more than god.

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I am so happy for you. My family and most of my friends don't know that I am. Have a great day

Same to you

I don't see why it would matter to anybody. That's why I think the word atheist should be normalised. That way, hopefully one day, saying you're an atheist will be as mundane as 'i had a chicken sandwich for lunch today'.

@godlessinal I think the word "atheist cannot be normalized; there's too much cultural baggage attached to it. I am advocating for the term "nonbeliever" because I 1think is clear and doesn't (yet, anyway) have automatic negative connotations for listeners.

@citronella You never know. Think about the 50's and early 60's, if you said you were an atheist, you were literally ostracized, even in place like California and New York. And now, it's no problem in those places. I hear it more and more even in Georgia and Alabama than I thought I would. I think one day America will like England. In England they think you're weird if you speak out too much as a Christian. I'd rather take it the teeth now for being an atheist, so the future may be better for all atheists everywhere. So I say it load and proud, I'M AN ATHEIST, AN ATHEIST. And I encourage everyone that wants to to say it with me.

@godlessinal I AM AN ATHEIST!!!

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Don't feel bad that you were asked questions you could not answer. Remember that it is only the Christians who have all the answers. Once you know their answers you can create a trainwreck out of what they believe.

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Your mom sound pretty awesome. From talking to others it doesn’t seem like most families are accepting.

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most of the time Christens say they will pray for you or you have to believe or similar things. Be glad you have one who thinks for herself might just she is so she does not have to argue with others.

Thanks.

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Lucky you!

Thanks

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Glad it was a positive experience

Yeah but I have a crazy story about my aunt on my dad side

@SendouQ Make a post about it hahaha. I have a crazy, religious aunt on my dad's side who commented on one of my Facebook posts if my parents knew I had liberal friends. I replied it doesn't matter if they knew, and these friends were more family to me than her who I hadn't seen in a few years.

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Good for you. If told my family that I'm an Atheist, it wouldn't go well. They would hit the roof if told them I'm bi sexual as well.

I think the atheist part would be the worst part of it forthem

@benhmiller you might be right. My mom implied I would go hell if I became an Catholic. I grew up Baptist. I shortly after that I thought I would be better off atheist. I know I'm a happier person now.

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I can't do anything but wounded what the questions were that you could not answer were. That is a great example your mom has set so many others could use her wisdom.

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I don't tell many people. Shockingly, someone I went to high school with, raised Episcopalian and now Catholic, thinks I won't go to "Hell" for being a non-believer. Is this just his own belief? If not, what is the Catholic Church teaching these days?!?

Didn't the Pope say not too long ago that atheists can go to heaven too?

@adaptable1958 Hence my using quotation marks. He may be a good sport on that, but generally, he's not by all appearances.

@greyeyed123 Looks like you're correct. 2013. [catholic.org]

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Your mother is a wise woman.

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Be happy about that.

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My mother and both brothers are religious. Myself, my dad and my sister are eitger atheist or agnostic. She's always supported everyone. Whenever the subject of me and my sister being full blown atheists comes up she simply says "They're both much more intelligent than I am and much more knowledgeable. They see the world through those traits."

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That is a very smart mother you have.

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