I've recently left the Christian religion and now identify as Agnostic. It's still really weird and new to me not to believe in a God since it's how I was raised and such. I want to meet all kinds of new people who understand me on that level smile001.gif I'm bisexual btw!

I like listening to podcast. One of them is the Thinking Atheist. Does anyone have any suggested podcast they listen to?
LadyStardust96 comments:
The Last Podcast on the Left is pretty good. They talk about serial killers, cults, etc. Pretty dark but interesting and the three guys who do it are hilarious!
looking for atheist friends. Recently deconverted.
LadyStardust96 comments:
I'm recently deconverted :) and I'm always down for meeting new people!
The struggle to find a partner...
LadyStardust96 comments:
I guess just trying to get out and do social activities is what I've been trying to do, but I'm too broke. I just usually ask basic questions like what do you do for work, favorite music, etc. I usually wouldn't ask about beliefs and politics until it I know it's going to get serious.
Nothing in particular on my mind, just a bit surprised to find this site but glad to have done so. I'll find it interesting to hear what thoughts other folk might have. My wife is strongly religious and is always telling me that I will face my maker one day. I think to myself, "my maker was my Dad and my Mum, they are dead and are ash in a brick wall". What's to fear..............nothing..........NOTHING!!!!
LadyStardust96 comments:
That would get so annoying. I guess if you truly love the person you learn how to cope with the religious stuff but I don't think I could. Sorry if I sound harsh, I've just known a lot of hypocritical Christians in my life and their judgments get so old now.
LadyStardust96 comments:
My end goal is marriage. I'm not trying to rush into anything but I do hope to meet someone that would want a serious relationship with me. But we will see :)
Incest: Immoral or Moral?
LadyStardust96 comments:
I actually don't see it as a huge deal if cousins or distant cousins decide on having some sort of relationship or even children. The genetics would be way more diverse and you wouldn't be raised in the same household so it's not the same as siblings. Now siblings is immoral for many reasons. Your children would face repercussions of not having enough diversity in their genetics one way or another. If the siblings decided on just a sexual relationship then there is A LOT of emotional problems that could and will occur if it happened and shame since it's a very taboo thing and could ruin your relationship with them as a whole.
LadyStardust96 comments:
I went to a haunted house LOL
How do you counter a person's belief in God when something GOOD happens?
LadyStardust96 comments:
I can see this happening to me in the near future at family events... It's hard with someone you love and care about, in this situation she's purposefully being mean, so I would just reiterate that I wrote it not, God. But I'm also a passive person (sometimes...passive aggressive) so I'd probably go "whatever" and drop it. Usually I'm a lot nicer about stuff and would let it go but something like that would definitely irritate me.
What will be the impact of creating life in a test tube?
LadyStardust96 comments:
I can really only see benefits although I know there are some ethical debates over it.
Any one here a punk rocker? If so what bands do you like?
LadyStardust96 comments:
Idk if I would say punk rocker but I'm kinda scattered along many rock genres. Mostly Classic Rock lately. Bowie is my favorite of all time.
How do we legitimately get religion out of US politics?
LadyStardust96 comments:
It will be a slow process. People believing in religion is finally decreasing significantly. We have made a lot of progress away from religion but we have a long way to go.
For the people who have children, did you raise them not to believe? Are they now atheist? For awhile as I was still trying to make sense of my own questions and beliefs I half heartedly tried to turn them onto the Christian Church. Thankfully it didn't last long and they both are now non believers.
LadyStardust96 comments:
I'm glad I became agnostic before I have children. I'll probably teach them that there are many religions and about them, but let them choose if they want to explore further or not. I'm hoping they don't choose one, but will support them if they do.
LadyStardust96 comments:
I've had a few where it ends right before I die, but I had one extreme vivid dream of me dying, dead, and...as a ghost or "soul" being lifted. The dream before I died was pretty realistic, some guy hated me and my family for some reason and came with friends to kill us. I was outside of my Uncle's house (where I lived at the time) and I saw the men coming towards us and realizing they had guns. I screamed at everyone outside to get inside, that we were being shot at. They got lucky, I didn't. I vividly remember being shot and think it was being "bit" by something (like forest gump) and just falling down. I then felt something, not sure what hoisting me up to the skies. I looked below and saw my body and realized I was dead and my soul or whatever was going somewhere. I started frantically praying (this was also when I was still religious) hoping I was going to Heaven and not Hell. I woke up when someone had responded to me but I don't remember who it was or what it said. That one made it hard for me to sleep for awhile, along with other night terrors I tend to get. I think I experienced a sort of sleep paralysis a week ago, where a dark figure was standing over my bed and I couldn't move at all and was screaming. I haven't had one where I die in awhile thank goodness.
Do you owe anyone in your life an apology?
LadyStardust96 comments:
Not currently. I'm sure I will do something to hurt someone cause I'm human and make mistakes. Something I pride myself in is that I'm pretty good at humbling myself and apologizing when I'm wrong. It's not easy, and it took me awhile to swallow my pride but it feels so much better to do it instead of coming up with excuses.
Genetic History
LadyStardust96 comments:
I've done it and it helped me finally get resolution to my dad's family history. He was in my life until he died and was married to my mom and everything, he just didn't talk about his family much. I'm 53% Scandanavien, 16% Irish, 16% Iberian Pen. (not sure if Spanish or Portuguese), 5% British, 5% Russian, 4% Southern European (Greek/Italian), and <1% Middle Eastern. I've managed to track my family's history on his side to about 1500s I think (might be 1600s). It's given me some closure to stuff. I've never heard of haplogroups that's interesting.
Can Love save us, or is it just a New Age pipe dream?
LadyStardust96 comments:
I like to believe that once more love is in the world a lot more good will be done
How to deal with religious family and friends?
LadyStardust96 comments:
So far I just don't talk about it. I just started telling certain cousins who I know that are atheist that I am as well now for comfort. I'm not sure how to handle it once everyone knows I'm agnostic, just say "feel free to disagree" I guess.
Flat Earth hypothesis
LadyStardust96 comments:
A lot of flat earthers say that the earth is flat because we only exist in a dome God created and that it's atheist scientists and the government (and I guess Satan) pretending and faking all the space travel that's happened and such. Really such a stretch to believe though, I got into a good debate about it and once I started using science I got attacked so bad for it but it was quite humorous.
LadyStardust96 comments:
I'd only go to church if someone I love asked me nicely to go for some reason. I'm assuming my friend will want me to go to their Christmas Eve mass and I will probably go, just because the church is beautiful and I love meeting new people even though they don't believe what I do.
Has anyone else helped a person leave religion or god belief?
LadyStardust96 comments:
I have a friend that we just reconnected after losing touch. When we were hanging out at 16, she was Catholic and I was Christian. Then we lost touch for idk 2 or 3 years. We started hanging out again during when I was finally realizing I wasn't religious anymore. I would talk to her about my doubts and she would agree and say she wasn't so sure herself but still said she was Catholic. Not that I was shoving anything down her throat and she wasn't to me, we were just open and close and for me learning about agnosticism and atheism made me feel alone since I couldn't openly talk about it with my family. I finally opened up about it with her again and told her I never would've thought at 16 that I wouldn't believe anymore at 21. She said she was still questioning and we would have nice discussions about it. A week or two ago she finally said she was agnostic too. I think it's a blessing that when we started being friends again we both were going through the same thing and were able to talk to each other about it since we both come from crazy religious families. And it helped each other and I think me coming out first helped her come out later. Other than that I've never really discussed religion to others. I would really like to get my sister to not believe anymore since to be quite honest, she doesn't even practice the religion anyways and her boyfriend is atheist too. She's just not ready for the conversation but I want to be like how my friend and I were and just be open and listen to her concerns and give advice and such. That's how I'll be if others want to openly talk about it too. I don't want to force anyone out though, or come off condescending either. Just, be ready when they are. Although, sometimes it's hard not to get defensive when people attack you for not believing. Even though I haven't told my mom I'm not religious, she pretty much has come to the conclusion and her and my sister jumped down my throat when my mom said she was donating a huge amount of money to a church when she dies and not leaving much for my sister and I. I wasn't debating that my sister and I should get the money that wasn't my issue, it was that I would rather her give it to a good charity that will actually make a difference instead of a church. And oh boy, I didn't hear the end of that anytime soon. Got told I was terrible by both of them so I realized that I won't be able to talk about it anytime soon.
What makes you feel nostalgic?
LadyStardust96 comments:
Music from when I was child that my dad would play me, listening to the music while driving during fall when the trees are beautiful colors. It reminds me of a simpler time as a kid and only really knowing love in my life. We would also drive to Florida several times a year when I was younger, so sometimes if I'm awake in the early hours and a breeze is going I can look out the window and remember when we would be in the car almost there and smelling the beach. Filled with excitement!
How many atheist/agnostics used to be strictly religious?
LadyStardust96 comments:
I wouldn't say strictly, but I used to be pretty religious. Grew up in a southern baptist church, was baptized, then moved up north and all of my friends were atheists. They helped open my eyes to things other than religion. A lot of things went into me not believing anymore (though it took I want to guess 6 or 7 years to finally come to terms with it) but I think the main thing was that realizing if God gives us paths to follow and such, that means he purposefully makes us hurt to "learn lessons" or whatever and to grow. That also includes creating cancer, allowing rape, etc. If I was a God, I wouldn't want my creations to suffer at all, and if he is all powerful, why would he (I know the answer I just don't like it lol)?
LadyStardust96 comments:
I heard Bernie is running again as an independent and he definitely has another vote from me. I wish Hillary would just stop running, I don't hate her or anything, but she's SUPER unpopular and I wish we had like, a fresh new candidate.
Conventions for Atheists and Agnostics
LadyStardust96 comments:
I wish they had more events like this in Washington :/ although we're a pretty liberal state so maybe I'm not looking hard enough haha
What would you LEAST be able to forgive in your spouse/partner?
LadyStardust96 comments:
Abusive behavior of any kind. I've been through enough trauma in my life I don't want to go through it ever again. Infidelity is another one, there would be ways to earn my trust back but I doubt I could forget about it.
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