Line in Sand Pt. 2 “The Conversation”

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This week I decided after almost 3 years of the deconversion process that it was time to tell my father I was no longer a christian, no longer a believer in a god.  This was a conversation that I dreaded having but it had to be done.  I genuinely regretted having to do this because I was raised always going to church and it’s just who we were always.  It was part of my identity, our family were fundamentalist christian to the core, deep in the heart of East Texas.  This is the worldview lens that you see everything through in your life.  My father raised me in this environment because he believed it to be the truth and the way and his motives were genuine.  He did this because that was how he was raised to believe and he passed it on and expected and hoped I would do the same.

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Proof of Santa?

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Is there more proof of the existence of Santa Claus than there is of Jesus? Just a question and  this time of year, when I am out and about, I see a lot of representations of Santa in stores than I do of Jesus. In fact, that’s mostly all I see. Strange isn’t it that a day, originally meant to celebrate the birth of the messiah, is strangely deficient of any depictions of him anywhere.

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Stop Telling Me What You Think I Believe

 

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It never seems to end that whenever I think I’ve convinced someone that atheists aren’t evil, tools of Satan, I find out that there was actually no one listening at all. I don;t approach others, they always seem to come out of the woodwork at times and places I mostly find inconvenient, but if I think someone is really interested I will actually take the time to explain, in the simplest terms, what atheism is all about.

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A line in the sand…..

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Many people come to moments in their life when they are faced with a choice that can have life altering consequences.  Whether it is a decision to move away and leave friends and family behind for a job opportunity or to decide to have a surgery that could correct a dangerous health condition or cost your life if it doesn’t work out.  It seems when you are faced with these types of decisions the road ahead can appear the most unstable or treacherous while remaining in your current state can provide some type of brief but temporal relief or security.   The temptation to stay put or not at for the temporal security is very strong.

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