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by , 27th September 2011 at 09:08 AM (332 Views)
1997: I am born to two Christian parents, one Protestant (my mom) and one Catholic (my dad).

1997-2006: I lead a generic Christian life. I generically follow Jesus like it's just an ordinary part of our lives. I'm not baptized against my will when I'm one year old or something, which I later become grateful for. We generically have Christmas every year. Interestingly, I never once explicitely say that I believe in God. I'm somewhat agnostic towards God. I think a good example of just how generic my life as a Christian is in this span of time is when, in 2005 or so, I tell my mom "this may seem stupid, but I think I would be happier if I was religious." I failed to realize that I was religious. That's how generic my Christian upbringing was.

2007: I first seriously question whether I believe in God or not. Unknowingly, I officially become an agnostic Christian.

2009: I become baptized at my own will. Now I'm an agnostic Christian who has been baptized at 12 years old.

2010: I decide once and for all that I do not believe in God. I become a Christian atheist.

2011: I seriously question whether or not I am a Christian for the first time in my life.

September 27, 2011: I officially renounce my Christiandom. I am no longer a Christian. I am not completely non-religious, since I believe in the afterlife, and that people have souls and such. But starting now, I am no longer a member of any organized religion.


This was a tough decision to make. As I decided that I was officially not a Christian, these thoughts entered my head:

What about Christmas? Does that mean no more Christmas?
What will my family think?
How will I tell them?
So, I'm not Christian, I'm not completely non-religious, but what am I? Nothing? Is there no term for it?
What will my friends think?
Dude, you're giving up Christmas!
Just think: Last year's Christmas was the last Christmas you'll ever have!!

Well, today, as I said, I revoked my Christiandom, and I now officially start my life as a non-religious person. No more Christmas (which is a good excuse to not get anyone else anything :P), no more crosses, no more nothing. Just nothing. This isn't that much of a difference from my life as a Christian, really. I never once prayed, we never said grace before dinner, we rarely went to church. We basically just gave each other stuff at Christmas, and that was it.

But no more. No more religion.

I feel a bit relieved, to tell you the truth. I was kicking myself as a Christian, once I actually became self-conscious enough to question my faith. Now I feel like a little weight has been taken off my shoulders. Of course, this also means no more Easter, no more Jesus (not that he wasn't a real person: so were Buddha and Mohammed), no more Bible (I rarely read that thing anyway), no more of that stuff. But I think I'm making the right decision.


In closing, a message to all atheists who want to comment on this blog: If you're just going to rant about how organized religion is the source of all that is wrong with the world, then go away.

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  1. Neltharion S. Deathwing's Avatar
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    You... what have you done!?
  2. Kyumorph's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Neltharion
    You... what have you done!?
    He's being awesome.
    Kudos to you, dude.
  3. Neltharion S. Deathwing's Avatar
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    Whatever floats your boats I guess. .__.
  4. Jack Pschitt's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kyumorph
    He's being awesome.
    Kudos to you, dude.
    *Eagerly awaits Kudos-brand candy bar*

    I love those things. :D
  5. H-con's Avatar
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    Oh organized religion, just wait till I get fired up!

    Not really. A lot of the nicest people I've met have been through the local church. I don't hold a beef with organized religion. While I'm not exactly cheering for religion's place in society today in many places, judging from local conditions, I'd be flat-out lying if I said it caused anything really bad.

    As an atheist, I would personally say you're made a good judgment. That said, I wouldn't really worry about Christmas, if anything. It's not like it's the most Christian thing ever.
    (though I'd say that I think that while there's stupid atheist and stupid theists, the stupid theists are usually the most vocal of the two...)
  6. Ranger Jack Walker's Avatar
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    i can't officially renounce my religion. i was born a hindu and i'll end up dying a hindu since atheism isn't recognized in india. even my own parents think i'm literally mad do their best to 'cure' me. in fact all adults treat me like this but almost every one of my age that i know is an atheist or agnostic.
  7. Lord Clowncrete's Avatar
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    @Ranger Jack Walker

    Heck, you just narrated my story as well.
  8. DCM's Avatar
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    As a Christian, I'd say you can do whatever you want, just don't be a dick.
  9. Phoenixphlare's Avatar
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    Christmas is about presents it's a celebration of capitalism and it stimulates the economy. I'm strong agnostic and I have always celebrated christmas for the presents all my life. I mean what jesusie stuff does anyone do on Christmas now a days (not counting extreme people)?
  10. Jabberwocky's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by DCM
    As a Christian, I'd say you can do whatever you want, just don't be a dick.
    Seconded.

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