I was raised in a good albeit sometimes dysfunctional Christian home. I went to a Christian high school. I went to a Christian college. I even taught at several Christian schools. So why am I now an atheist?
It’s not just one thing. It’s a thousand. Well, ten for now.
1. Hell. What a disgusting use of punishment for those who chose not to believe in something that has been made very hard to believe.
2. Science. It doesn’t have to be something that Christians are fearful of, but they are. They are afraid to accept that some things that seem miraculous have an actual factual reason behind them.
3. The judgment. The fact that God could send bears to kill children for behaving like children seems another example of a terrible use of punishment. Plus, let’s go find our enemy and defeat them. Then we can go to their homes and kill their wives and their babies. That’s perfect judgment. We wouldn’t want them to grow up hating us for killing their fathers would we? That would be terrible! Let’s save them the trouble and just kill those precious babies. Ahh justice.
4. Why is one religion wrong, where yours must be the right one? There are people all over the world that believe devoutly that they are following their God and are doing right through following him. Don’t tell me that Mother Teresa is in Hell because she was Catholic instead of _______. Sickening. If we truly had one creator who has spoken to prophets, it would be done consistently, not contradictory as thousands of different religions have proven.
5. There are thousands of gods recorded in history. Some of the stories are even similar. An atheist is not one that refuses to read the one true religious doctrine; he is one who has probably read too many.
6. Babies are born without religion. Which religion you follow probably depends on where and when you were born and raised.
7. It is better to find your own answers and make an educated decision for what you believe, than to intentionally remain uneducated and make a decision based on fear.
8. Humans are supposedly given free will and then punished when they use it. It’s not free if you get punished for choosing the “wrong” option.
9. Belief is a choice. I have finally made the choice to stop believing. I will never be able to describe the incredible weight that was lifted when I made this decision.
10. This is my biggest reason: How can a God who made us, created us in his own image, knew who we were before we were even born – how can he then allow such hurt and sorrow to befall us? How can he watch as children are slaughtered? “God has a plan.” If I hear that one more time… Why does his plan which is so omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent only benefit some? This makes no sense whatsoever. When I became a mother, everything else fell away. My new purpose in life is to take care of my son and to protect him from harm as much as possible. How could a God who can fix every hurt, fix every disease, sit back and watch and say, “Yes, that little girl being beheaded will serve the greater good.”??? “Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then He is not omnipotent. Is He able, but not willing? Then He is malevolent. Is He both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil? Is He neither able nor willing? Then why call Him God?” – Epicurus
This is my list. I may add or take away as time goes by, but this is how I feel at present.
I do apologize for offending with this list. I know that all Christians do not fit into the box that I have put them in. I wish things were more simple, and my belief wouldn’t hurt yours and vice versa. Maybe one day that will be the case.
Even though this sounds terribly negative – and it is, I still love my family and friends who are Christians. I love you all very much.