You're right, yet many are hard to be led away from the bible even if they read it throughout dozens of times. I was raised to believe the bible is true. Even though I encountered some nonsenses while reading, I didn't consider them errors but I considered them mysteries beyond my depth. So I totally understand how come believers can stay peaceful in some nonsenses, and I have a lot respects to the true believers, who try hard to follow somewhat harsh disciplines, who walk the walk of god's words.
Tough most of my family members are believers I can't even try to expose my honest idea about the bible. It's gonna seriously hurt them, and as far as I'm concerned, I was happier when I was with god than now where there is no place to rely on completely, no willing to forgive, no reason to love whomever I don't want to..too many to write down here. For that reason I remain silent.
Jina, how many ex-believers hide the truth from friends and family I wonder? I suspect that it happens many times. The social aspect of religious adherence is more important to people than is acknowledged but being part of a group for many promotes a feeling of well-being. This has a tendency to be more relevant to their lives than any rational truth could ever be.
Your circumstances mean that it would be dangerous to your state of mind to reveal your lack of faith and I can empathise with that.
Sandie, am I right in assuming you mean the Abrahamic God worshipped by Christian, Muslim and Jew? There have been so many gods sincerely believed in throughout the history of Homo sapiens which are now discarded and discounted. Christianity is split into many differing denominations each arguing that there interpretation of scripture is the only true word of God.
Deism is the natural alternative for those who reject dogma, revelation and miracle: God is inferred by what its adherents believe to be reason and the observing of the natural world rather than an appeal to the supernatural.
Jina, perhaps a Deist perspective is what you mean by holding on to a belief in a God? If so and if this comforts and sustains you now that you have rejected the bible fine, many atheists start their journey with a similar belief.
Tom, Since English is not my language, I might misunderstand things you intended.
As for your asking, I didn't know Deism before, but now I grab a little bit thanks to you, and I am willing to research more of it. Because it's concept gives me hope that I might not be a failing believer, but I might be one of those creatures eager to seek truth, I thought I hung at the end of the rope, but I see, to which another rope was linked. Deism accepts existence of god who doesn't involve in human's life, yeah, he doesn't give any miracles, supernatural things to humans, not to mention that he never involved in writing any bibles. But still I infer his existence in nature like a deist. He was always there as he ever was. That's all I wanted to know, and it means a lot to me giving me comfort.
Andra, my parents were what I refer to as nominal Christians my atheism grew partly out of the recognition of hypocrisy in most of the lives around me as so many professed to be the followers of Christ but whose actions belied their faith. Reading the bible convinced me that no gods exist only credulity and self-deception on the part of believers. How did you come to atheism?
Having been brought up in the Christian church, confirmed in the Church of Ireland, tought at a Quaker school and having joined the Plymouth Bretheren as a teenager, I am delighted to say that I have seen the light and become an Atheist. Science and Humanism have shaped my adult life....thank God!
Dont come on here offten but was looking at what members where saying
i dont take the bible as all true
But we now have ships that can survive more than 40days and night on water or under we have woman having spurm injections they dont have to have sex to get pregnent pple have there hearts started when they stop breathing god is timeless this could be things that happend then and pple would not understand sciense terms so got condenced down
no one can prove god does not exsite or does exsite
That is why it is called faith xxx ecuse any spelling mistakes
I believe religion is a choice, you either believe it or not. When I was in Thailand many moons ago I got to learn about Buddhism. It was very interesting and made a lot of sense. It's based on loving, kindness and compassion. Which is needed in the world to keep it going. There are many branches on the Buddhism tree as there are many types of Buddhism. But the over all teaching is that Buddhism is a way of life. That's what I like about it!