Okay, so I got drunk last night, made an ass out of myself kinda on these forums, but I can't stop posting here. You're addictive. Please don't think I'm unaware of my own transgressions! Yeah, I know this subject is redundant, but I've not been around to participate in it's discussion. Ya think we could indulge in it one more time? This is about the most exciting topic I could ever think of to debate, and would like to be able to talk about it open-mindedly. I do, however, recognize and respect those that are tired of discussing it further and only hope that they don't feel that I'd expect them to re-state the same things they have before on my behalf. This is the way I feel, and I have to admit, I sound pretty damn arrogant, but hear me out if you have the patience. I absolutely, 100% do not believe in a god. It's a subject I was completely obsessed with for about three years, and by far the most thought about subject I've ever uh..thought about. It was definitely not something I rushed to judgement on. I think I started to actually 'hate' the belief in god about five years ago when my closest cousin agnozied for 8 months before he finally died of complications from a simple hernia that he wouldn't see the doctor for. The "Church of the Firstborn" doesn't believe in doctors, they believe in faith. There's about 3,000 members all total anywhere and I don't know if you can somehow equate this with any decent religion, but they actually believe that only THEIR god is the true god and out of all the people on this planet, only they will be passing through the pearly gates. 3,000 people! Brandon told me that god was testing his faith. The church elders came nightly to pray for him and he slowly but surely wasted away with the mantra "if I went to a doctor now, the rest of my life was a lie." I firmly believe that his parents killed him! He had no choice, the guy was attending church in training pants! And what kind of god would you worship that would let you suffer for 8 months so you could prove your faith to him? But overall, I have a VERY big problem with orgainzed religion (Christianity, catholocismn, etc) in that I think it's a death-sentence for our species. God is bad for our planet! With him around, Mormons will keep breeding like Rabbits, the Pope will continue to denounce abortion while frowning on birth control, and millions of us will continue to believe that all life on this planet was put here for mankind's disposal. I think Religion itself is like a disease. Christianity in particular. It spread out of Rome or wherever and it's missionaries were brutal and unstoppable in their quest to spread it's terrifying message to all corners of the globe. "Hey fellas, ya heard of a guy named Jesus Christ? Well we've come to spread his word and build some churches. Yeah. So anyways, he says that his God is the only one true god! What, you don't believe it? Well check this out, if for some chance you're mistaken, in the afterlife your crops won't be as fertile as others! HAH, no just kidding! You'll just spend eternity writhing in agony as you burrrn! Yep, you'll spend every waking moment wishing you were dead for forever and ever." That's called putting the fear of God into someone, and missionaries were bullies in building the church. Oh sure, ya'all could sacrifice a virgin once a year to make sure the volcano god didn't spit up all over your village, but what's the motivation to sacrifice for your god if there is no immediate threat to your survival? I believe that Christianity was the result of religion evolving right along with our species. But mostly what I don't like about believing in a god is that it keeps people seperate, it provides an 'us' and a 'them', and beliefs, by nature, tend to almost always obstruct a person from properly assimilating any type of outside information that might prove contradictory to that belief. It's like a trap to keep minds small. Plus, it's always given us reason to kill eachother. Another poster states that it's hard to live a Christian lifestyle because of the pull of society's self indulgence surrounding them, but I argue that it's much more difficult to be an atheist. How easy is it to lead a life where you have no direction and no purpose? I'd MUCH rather believe in a god then not, and realizing my own Atheism was not only uncomfortable, but just about devastating to my peace of mind.