I am not an angry person. I am not wild and never have been. Was a 'good' teenager. I don't drink or even smoke. I wear my seatbelt and I am kind to strangers. My family and I have a really nice life. We are well off financially and have a nice home and healthy kids. I have a doting husband who has a 'give it away' policy, which means he will never sell anything he wants to get rid of. He's given away cars, computers, tvs, etc. My children are smart, loving and pratical. If you met us, you'd think we were a good family. You'd think we were truly 'blessed'. YOu might even think we were Christians because I write novels where the main character is a angel, and we have angel figurines in the front yard. We all have our own Bibles. My youngest son (age
is fascinated with all religions and will talk your ear off about them. My grandma is 96, healthy and still lives alone. My best friend is a god-fearing Christian.
Now, would you believe my family and I are atheists and have been all of our lives?
We are "atheists" ( we usually don't use that word because a lot of christians seem to think it means someone who is angry at god and/or evil or uses it as an excuse to life a bad lifestyle) Really, we are just logical thinkers. We don't see the characters in the bible as any different than the characters in mythology, or Christianity as anything more than a rip-off of pagan and ancient Egyptian stories. Still, we are amused by the stories as we are any other fascinating fictional stories. The more you learn about other religions, history and science, the more you see the little man behind the curtain, so to speak. This isn't saying we don't wonder about the paranormal or things like alternate realities and forth dimensions, etc. There are many strange things in the Universe, and we've had unusual things happen to us we can't explain (but no satanic posessions, sorry). But the idea of a creator of the universe insisting we worship him or suffer for all eternity is just beyond silly to us. Biblegod and most 'gods' have way too many (human) male-ego traits. Pretty easy to see biblegod was dreamed up by a bunch of men seeking control.
The fact that things like 'thou shall not rape' or 'thou shall not beat your wife' or 'thou shall not molest children' are not in the commandments is pretty interesting if you ask me. It is interesting because Christains swear we would be an immoral society without the Bible's morals. We as a society deemed rape, abuse and molestation 'wrong'. We know they are wrong because most humans have empathy. We wouldn't want those things to happen to us, so we feel bad for someone else if it has happened to them. Empathy is something that develops in us if we are raised by loving parents. It's that simple. I was raised by a loving family who also never used religion or god as the 'reason' I should be a good person.
Anyway that's just a little of my 0.2 cents.