"BJ, Mark, here. I,d enjoy hearing your story. It is very important to tell that story and hear yourself rehearse and reinforce YOUR reasons for the MASSIVE choise you, ve made which has implications for most every area of your (and your families)…"
"I have to second the reading of books as a way of coping. Here's a list of books I read that I really liked:
Ehrman - Misquoting Jesus, Jesus Interrupted, God's Problem, Lost Christianities
Elaine Pagels - Beyond Belief, Adam Eve…"
I hope you all, we all can have a great time with our families, traditional and otherwise. I can't say what it all means, what it should mean, but I know I love my family. Weather we are still "under cover" or "In…"
Can you tell me more about your "darkest hours"? I'm pretty sure I won't go crazy, but it helps me greatly to hear of the struggles of those who have gone before!
I will try to watch the vids you suggested and…"
"Mark in some of my darkest hours these two videos have brought me a lot of comfort and reassurance, I keep them bookmarked to return to again and again when I find myself lonely or angry and in need of calm. I hope they'll be of some benefit to…"
"I have no idea what you are going through, since I have never been in the grips of religion of any sort (regardless of being surrounded by it in my formative years), but I wonder if a harmless transitional phase would help. Perhaps try reading…"
As with the other 2 gentlemen who have responded to my post, I am SO Thankful to be the beneficiary of your trials and experience! I feel a bit embarrassed being such a "whiner" after only a year! I do not think, however, I have the…"
"I have begun to realize that I must become acclimated to the sensations that self-direction brings."
This is F'ing brilliant! This directly speaks to what I have been experiencing and guessing at! When I'm certain I…"
Thanks for your encouragement! I really appreciate your perspective and struggle and indeed wish we could meet up face to face as that is a very important part of being human. I have yet to find the time and courage to go to a meeting of…"
"Really, it sounds to me like you are well on your way. I don't think you are going to have too many problems. My main worry is losing my old friends. I haven't lost any yet, but then I only of the closet door slightly…"
"I have tossed around such thoughts without much support for 27 years and until recently had few resources to rely upon. Suddenly, there is a multitude of resources that have become available on the Internet, but they still feel rather impersonal.
"The only people I've "come out" to is my immediate family. However, when asked directly OR indirectly (So, how's your walk with the Lord, Brother?), I am honest and forthright. I hope, in the New Year, to start telling my friends…"
"Gosh Mark, I feel your pain. I was about 32 when I quit believing and went through some withdrawals at the time. I'm 66 now and still haven't come out to my family. My father was a preacher. Maybe when Mom moves on…"
Good Sunday Morning, Life is busy and I'm not very good at this "facebook" culture thing, however, I am in need of some guidance and you all seem most eager to engage. Thank you for the warm reception Atheist Nexus has extended to me. I suspect I have never felt this alone in my life, and it is scaring the hell out of me. I've not yet devoted enough time to pursue any group involvement, until today. Still a bit skittish, I guess.Though I am certain /confident about my decision to abandon "The…See More
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