Hi everybody,My name's Ben, I'm 24 years old and I've lived in Kansas City all my life. I won't go into the details of my story because I'm sure it's similar to thousands of others to be found on…Continue
"Think of living to be 100 years old. Now think of that lifespan as a grain of sand. Now think about how many grains of sand there are on all the beaches on the planet, and consider that that quantity of time still doesn't even register in…"
It looks like you're getting lots of rational arguments against hell. That's nice, but if you're like me, that's not what you need so much. You already know there is no hell. The indoctrination runs deep and insidiously…"
"What booklover said. Keep taking small steps, eventually you'll get somewhere. I would encourage you to do something to get out of your head, like taking a short walk (if weather allows) or I've found that yoga/relaxation practice helps me…"
"Planting the fear of Hell in a child who will endure the pains of childhood on their way to adulthood should be considered abusive and controlling..
"end Human bankruptcy"an idea whose time has come
I have been there experienced this and…"
"Benjamin, keep looking for a good therapist. There is also nothing wrong with anti-depressants. Talk to your doctor. They work for a lot of people, whatever their reason for being depressed is. A good doctor will keep trying…"
"I appreciate all the support, guys.I'm in a really desperate place right now. I think I'm just massively depressed. I've been trying to find a therapist who is specifically not religious but it's been harder than I thought.I…"
"Even as a young minister to be, hell was the one thing in the Buybull that made the least sense to me. I know it scares the crap out of people for a longtime, but it never seemed real to me.
GOD: I see you made it.
ME: Yes, I had to. Hell…"
"Hi Ben-As someone who grew up with fire and brimstone, I can definitely relate to what you're going through. I've been an atheist for 15+ years and I STILL have moments when I feel myself getting sucked in old thought patterns. So believe…"
"Hi Ben! I'm glad you've found AN. It is a very supportive place to be. Stay on here and make friends, and discuss whatever you need to! People here will help!
As for "hell", I was never raised with religion, so…"
"Hi Ben, and kudos for not letting this scare you back into submission!
Obsessive dark thoughts are merely a symptom of the depression. I get them too (having suffered depression on/off throughout my life) though not nearly as bad anymore. If…"
Welcome to Atheist Nexus in this internet world of rationality and peace, of common sense and freethinking wisdom. Yes, I can sympathise which you in your childhood. You eventually won through by sound reasoning. Most religious…"
Former Christian (non-denominational Protestant, whatever that really means). Slowly lost my faith over a period of several years beginning with the suspicions I had toward what was being taught at my doctrine-heavy Christian high school.
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Welcome to Atheist Nexus in this internet world of rationality and peace, of common sense and freethinking wisdom. Yes, I can sympathise which you in your childhood. You eventually won through by sound reasoning. Most religious are hopeless at reasoning. "If you could reason with all believers, there would be no believers!"
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