while in a scary time with our son in the hospital, my mom asked me if "I prayed for him" I hesitated and said: "no, I did not believe in prayer, that it was science that would help my son". I then wrote a long letter to my immediate family informing them of my lack of belief and why. It has went smooth thus far and I feel so good to be open with my thoughts. I even changed my facebook from church of the fonz to athiest:)

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Comment by Steven Morrow on October 28, 2011 at 9:05pm
If I were in your position, I would spend these few years in your parents care studying and developing your mind for the right timing. If there is concer about your father freaking out and doing something stupid, I would not come out until you are out of their authority. Just a suggestion.
Comment by Joshua M Falgout on October 27, 2011 at 6:49pm
im still struggling with me an atheist and im only 13. my biggest worry is that my dad will always be dissapointed in me. its either that or he`ll kick me out
Comment by lady beekeeper~SC on October 26, 2011 at 8:44am

I also struggled coming out to family and friends. I was raised Catholic and it must of took me a good 10 years to deal with the worry of saying out loud that I didn't believe in God. You know I was kind of worried I might get struck with lighting or something if I voiced my inner feelings. I started with my husband who though I was crazy and from there I told the rest of my family. Now I don't run around and shout it from the roof tops but I will tell people if I feel the need. My life is so much easier now and I feel like for the first time in a long time I know just who I am. Although I'm finding that other like minded people sometimes feel as if they are far more intelligent than  most people. I find that hard to understand sometimes. As I'm no great brain but I can understand that to believe in fiction and let that belief run my life is foolish.

Well that's my 2 cents worth. lol..

Comment by Steven Morrow on October 22, 2011 at 1:32am
I think most of my christian friends on facebook are not brave enough to confront me about change in religion status, but I haven't posted anything controversial. Yet .
Comment by annet on October 22, 2011 at 12:56am
A letter is very diplomatic. Did you get a bunch of people praying for you on fb? That's what I dread.
Comment by Steven Morrow on October 21, 2011 at 4:40pm

teagraves, I had no idea when I would come out either, it kind of just happened. I have been struggling with the idea of coming out or not for 2 years. I invested alot in christianity, I will be paying the student loans back for a degree in the bible for some time. I just got tired of letting christian people throw their religion around assuming everyone  was on the same page, and I could not take it anymore! Pround Athiest. Good luck to you!

 

Comment by Teagraves on October 21, 2011 at 2:52pm
It's great that it's going smoothly for you! I'm not sure yet when I will "come out" to my family, since it doesn't seem to be very significant at this time. Good luck!

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