Originally Posted by Xujhan
I just feel like shouting out to all the atheists/agnostics/deists posting in this thread. I had no idea just how many we had on TeenHelp. You guys GMH.
I was thinking the same thing while reading through this thread
I don't feel like such an outcast anymore for having the thoughts I do. I live in a very
catholic area, and I just wish I could meet some people in real life like you guys!
I feel there are two reasons religion (mainly the christian religion) was created.
1. To give people a purpose. No one really knows how and why life was put on earth. People think god gives them a
reason for being and a reason for having to die. It gives their life meaning. Instead of just living and dying and
thinking you have little to no impact on anything in your fraction of existence on this planet. It makes death not
so scary, thinking if you are a good person you get to go to heaven and spend eternity with Elvis and Grandma.
2. It was created to control people. It forced people into following the governments laws and ways of thinking
whats morally and ethically acceptable. If they didn't, then they were going to hell. If they didn't go to church
on sunday, and sit and be preached to about what the government says is right and wrong (oh, exuse me... I mean the bible), they were getting thrown in jail.
This may sound strange, but another thing that helped me to become a definite non-believer was biology class. Yes,
science has played a huge role. Something about the complexity of humans and animals and plants, and how every cell
has to be working in perfect harmony for everything in the body to function correctly. Science amazes me. I can't
exactly explain why but it makes it hard for me to believe how the bible says life was put on this planet.
I could go on and on reiterating points that have already been made, but I can honestly say I completely agree with whats already been said by the athiest/agnostics that have already posted. Its nice to have thoughts that you feel no one else has, and then to come on here and see how many people have thought the exact same things...
I cant just have faith.
God has not touched
my life in any way. I understand how he can give some hope to go on, but everything I've been through I've done on my own.