Hi - I just wanted to introduce myself as a new member. I am a 32 y/o male and a lucky husband (10 yrs.) and proud father of an 11 mo. old daughter. I was raised in a fundy household with fundy parents who loved to speak in tongues, pray for healing, and dance for joy to the lord! They were also children's pastors who traveled, saving little guilty souls! (They were actually pretty good at it). Praying for healing is something they did a lot...a whole lot, because I have a genetic lung disease called cystic fibrosis. I have spent years of my life in the hospital (I also had cancer when I was a kid) going in for weeks at a time multiple times a year. Too bad the prayers and all the faith never worked. When I was younger I was mad at God, but as I got older I realized there is no god...no god who hates me and is punishing me, no god who will send me to hell for whatever I did to deserve such pain, no god who sends demons to torture me with sickness (this is the foolishness I was taught as a child!). I am MUCH happier now. I never thought I would live so long and have a family, and I enjoy the time I have with them more than anything! My wife's family are also super christian. Even though my life has lost a lot of her faith, she is kinda a diest now and still likes to think that there is a happy afterlife somehow. I can hardly blame her..it is hard to think about losing your spouse and never seeing her again. Religion has not been a huge issue with us, but now that we have a daughter I know it will caome up more - esp. with her super Jesusy grandparents! I am glad to find a group where I can get some advice and friendship over the years!

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Welcome Chris! Wow, you went through a lot and I bet this is just the tip of the iceburg. I felt as your wife does for a long time. Giving up the comfort of an afterlife was the hardest part of admitting that I don't believe there is are god(s). Perhaps she will join us too eventually.

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Welcome! I hope you enjoy the group, and I hope that we can learn from each other. I can understand your wife's need to believe in an afterlife just for the sake of comport, but I hope that she will come around eventually. Like Dawn said, jump right in. Feel free to post in any of the discussions going on, or start your own. That's what the group is for.

Once again, we are glad to have you.


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I'm new to this group as well. What a story. I grew up in a home similar to that minus the illness. My Mom loves the phrase God is testing your faith. Children don't need to be tested they're pure, innocent, and completely honest. I will reccomend putting your foot down with the grandparents now while your little one is very young. Honestly, I told my Mom how things were going to be while I was still pregnant. You know she's welcome to visit, but she isn't welcome to preach to me or my kiddos.

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