Confessions of a former Theist

Many former theists have an interesting story to tell. Welcome to a collection of those stories. May we learn and grow from each one of them. Feel free to anonymously share your own story below!

As a Christian, our main assignment was to witness and "lead people to the Lord". I almost never did this, or even thought about doing it, because I hated the thought of being that person who no one ever wants to be in a conversation with. So there was lots of guilt about my laziness sending people to Hell. Happy to be free from that.

-S
  Florida,
United States

One of the ways religion scarred me was how it taught me to betray myself. I couldn't trust myself for anything. It had to be God's will. I'd pray and face one disappointment after another. Thinking something was wrong with me. So abusive. I went through serious self-esteem issues partly because of it. It was only after I left that I began to learn to trust myself.

-Claire
  Abuja Federal Capital Territor,
Nigeria

No more than 10 yrs old. Priest at school for first confession. Couldn't think of a sin I did. (Pretty good kid) After a while, the priest (impatiently) said "Well here's your prayer and forgiveness for whatever you did." Even at my tender age I was pissed cos he was assuming I did some crap and just wanted to get rid of me for the next kid. First step towards atheism.

-Donald
  Quebec,
Canada

I have to confess staying in a terrible marriage because I thought that it was worth it and that I might even be rewarded in the next life for being a shining example of a Christian husband and father. No matter how bad or dysfunctional it got, God would one day say, "Well done good & faithful servant." (Matthew 25:23)

-Yannick
  British Columbia,
Canada

When I was a believer, I would forego pain medication at times. My warped thought process was: If Paul & the Apostles didn't have ibuprofen, aspirin, etc., do I really need such "creature comforts?" Also, should I be so quick as to alleviate my suffering when my Lord didn't? Perhaps some suffering is indeed good and will bring me closer to him.

-Randy
  New York,
United States

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