An atheist returns to Christ

Jan 27, 2009 | Posted by: SongBookz | Full story: www.onenewsnow.com

If you've ever wondered how people make the journey from Christianity to atheism and back again, Anne Rice offers some insights based on her own experience. She also has some powerful and moving things to say about what it means to be a Christian in her most recent book, Called Out of Darkness: A Spiritual Confession (Knopf, 2008).

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Vedy intedesting!

I always enjoyed reading her novels. Although she didn't pen this article, it's a good read.
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Tom Cruise will never be Lestat

and Anne lost all credibility when she backtracked on that
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see found out she needs her soul,instead of being nothing,but do you need trees to be cut down to tell your life experiances , hehehhahahhehehe,im a atheist towards man, but not god, go figure
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even i heard jesus to say, they know not what they do,and wept, go figure

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The journey from me from being a Christian to an Atheist was not an easy one.

As I was going through, questioning the existence of God there where times of weakness when I started to believe the same as when I was still a Christian, Christian lifestyle was what I was used to and comfortable with so easy in a tough time or just a time when I am asking questions and yes... I did go back to my previous comfort level of when I was a Christian.

It was those moment's of weakness, adding to the point of already searching for my own truth (Rather than others telling me or a book telling me) was when I realised there was nothing there.

Those points of weakness when I looked for God, I found nothing just exactly the same as when I was still a Christian.

I have spoken with many other Atheist, and have spoken with other Christians who tried to get out, but when you have a comfort level and are used to the Christian lifestyle, even when you don't feel a God at the moment of weakness you can fall back to Christianity.

After 2 very tough years was when now my comfort level was being an atheist, I was no longer seeking a God or believing that things where controlled by a supreme being and now, unless a God could ever be proven I could never go back to being a Christian.

I see my friends, my family, those still under Christianity and it makes me sad. But I no longer hide it from them that I no longer believe in any God and they respect me for it as well as I respect their faith.

Changing from being a Christian to being an Atheist has not changed my personality but has definitely made a lot of changes as how I see life. I am happier now as an Atheist knowing that some questions just don't have answers, and I am perfectly fine with that but I would never assume that just because nobody knows the answer it means that some "supreme being" that you can't see, hear or feel, only talked about on a book is the one in control.

Show any real proof (Other than just saying so or quoting from the bible) that God exist and people would follow, but when there is no proof those who have gone through the full change to being an Atheist could never go back.

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Show any real proof (Other than just saying so or quoting from the bible) that God exist and people would follow, but when there is no proof those who have gone through the full change to being an Atheist could never go back.
"For those who believe, no proof is necessary. For those who don't believe, no proof is possible" Stuart Chase
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frankhou77 wrote:
The journey from me from being a Christian to an Atheist was not an easy one.
As I was going through, questioning the existence of God there where times of weakness when I started to believe the same as when I was still a Christian, Christian lifestyle was what I was used to and comfortable with so easy in a tough time or just a time when I am asking questions and yes... I did go back to my previous comfort level of when I was a Christian.
It was those moment's of weakness, adding to the point of already searching for my own truth (Rather than others telling me or a book telling me) was when I realised there was nothing there.
Those points of weakness when I looked for God, I found nothing just exactly the same as when I was still a Christian.
I have spoken with many other Atheist, and have spoken with other Christians who tried to get out, but when you have a comfort level and are used to the Christian lifestyle, even when you don't feel a God at the moment of weakness you can fall back to Christianity.
After 2 very tough years was when now my comfort level was being an atheist, I was no longer seeking a God or believing that things where controlled by a supreme being and now, unless a God could ever be proven I could never go back to being a Christian.
I see my friends, my family, those still under Christianity and it makes me sad. But I no longer hide it from them that I no longer believe in any God and they respect me for it as well as I respect their faith.
Changing from being a Christian to being an Atheist has not changed my personality but has definitely made a lot of changes as how I see life. I am happier now as an Atheist knowing that some questions just don't have answers, and I am perfectly fine with that but I would never assume that just because nobody knows the answer it means that some "supreme being" that you can't see, hear or feel, only talked about on a book is the one in control.
Show any real proof (Other than just saying so or quoting from the bible) that God exist and people would follow, but when there is no proof those who have gone through the full change to being an Atheist could never go back.
Believing is just that..BELIEVING. You are trying to make it sound like a Christian has to shut him or herself in their rooms and not come out till the second coming. He wants FAITH and BELIEF. And yes,, to try to live a life to Him as much as you possibly can.
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there's no such thing as god, you're an attention seeker and deluded.

Why not go and do some real positive change in the world instead of claiming that your imaginary friend is real and that atheists need it.
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frankhou77 wrote:
The journey from me from being a Christian to an Atheist was not an easy one.
As I was going through, questioning the existence of God there where times of weakness when I started to believe the same as when I was still a Christian, Christian lifestyle was what I was used to and comfortable with so easy in a tough time or just a time when I am asking questions and yes... I did go back to my previous comfort level of when I was a Christian.
It was those moment's of weakness, adding to the point of already searching for my own truth (Rather than others telling me or a book telling me) was when I realised there was nothing there.
Those points of weakness when I looked for God, I found nothing just exactly the same as when I was still a Christian.
I have spoken with many other Atheist, and have spoken with other Christians who tried to get out, but when you have a comfort level and are used to the Christian lifestyle, even when you don't feel a God at the moment of weakness you can fall back to Christianity.
After 2 very tough years was when now my comfort level was being an atheist, I was no longer seeking a God or believing that things where controlled by a supreme being and now, unless a God could ever be proven I could never go back to being a Christian.
I see my friends, my family, those still under Christianity and it makes me sad. But I no longer hide it from them that I no longer believe in any God and they respect me for it as well as I respect their faith.
Changing from being a Christian to being an Atheist has not changed my personality but has definitely made a lot of changes as how I see life. I am happier now as an Atheist knowing that some questions just don't have answers, and I am perfectly fine with that but I would never assume that just because nobody knows the answer it means that some "supreme being" that you can't see, hear or feel, only talked about on a book is the one in control.
Show any real proof (Other than just saying so or quoting from the bible) that God exist and people would follow, but when there is no proof those who have gone through the full change to being an Atheist could never go back.
Jesus is Lord

" I am perfectly fine with that but I would never assume that just because nobody knows the answer it means that some "supreme being" that you can't see, hear or feel, only talked about on a book is the one in control"

And it doen't mean that, just because you can't see Him, touch Him, or hear Him, He doesn't exist.

Even as a Christian, I know that there are, and will be, unanswered questions, but that's ok. He gives me what I NEED to know, when I need to know it. Other than that, why worry? It's no different than you thinking you had to know all the answers while you were a Christian, but now you don't.

There will be unanswered questions, whether you believe or not, so why not at least be able to trust in One higher than yourself in the meantime? Is it easier for you not to believe that you have to answer for your sins / actions?

blessings to you
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Exactly, there is a god for all you atheists out there. You can't see him, touch him or witness any of his miracles. But if you imagine really, really hard, like how your mother used to read stories to you in bed, he becomes real.

Atheists have no imagination. That's why they're always so grumpy.(that and the fact that my husband and I picket their group meeting every week!)
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flowery wrote:
Exactly, there is a god for all you atheists out there. You can't see him, touch him or witness any of his miracles. But if you imagine really, really hard, like how your mother used to read stories to you in bed, he becomes real.
Atheists have no imagination. That's why they're always so grumpy.(that and the fact that my husband and I picket their group meeting every week!)
nice way to be tolerant. another reason why xtians are not so xtian in their behavior. you'd rather picket and caste aspersions on others than engage in human discourse...be loving instead of weilding a stick at people you dont want to know about.

way to go.
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flowery wrote:
Exactly, there is a god for all you atheists out there. You can't see him, touch him or witness any of his miracles. But if you imagine really, really hard, like how your mother used to read stories to you in bed, he becomes real.
Atheists have no imagination. That's why they're always so grumpy.(that and the fact that my husband and I picket their group meeting every week!)
And I'll put my imagination up against yours anytime...and know I'll win.
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"For those who believe, no proof is necessary. For those who don't believe, no proof is possible" Stuart Chase
nice saying but wrong. there is proof, but its never been presented. its not so hard.

if someone could simply prove anything supernatural, anything - and not just unanswered, or anecdotal, I could then consider agnosticism...
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nice way to be tolerant. another reason why xtians are not so xtian in their behavior. you'd rather picket and caste aspersions on others than engage in human discourse...be loving instead of weilding a stick at people you dont want to know about.
way to go.
Picketing, shouting at gays, shouting "fool" at atheists, this is all christian behavour. I don;t know why you are calling it unchristian? I am engaging in human discourse, this is hy I am here. I am loving, I love everyone.

I love you through my violence and coersion.
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Even as a Christian, I know that there are, and will be, unanswered questions, but that's ok. He gives me what I NEED to know, when I need to know it. Other than that, why worry?

It's no different than you thinking you had to know all the answers while you were a Christian, but now you don't.

There will be unanswered questions, whether you believe or not, so why not at least be able to trust in One higher than yourself in the meantime?

Is it easier for you not to believe that you have to answer for your sins / actions?
blessings to you
exactly, why worry? Why worry over the nonexistance of something. much simpler not to worry about something not there.

and dont try to fool me/us that you dont worry about this entity watching over you, maybe poking at you with a stick and wondering why.

as a former believer it was the silly notion that all answers were available from this entity, and worse from that silly book that called it all into question and led me away.

I dont trust in things that dont exist. Why trust in something that isnt involved in anything to begin with...that has no power to deliver change either positive or negative in any form. anything I want (spiritually) or need I already have. its all about how I tap into them...or not.

No, its not about not answering for my sins, because there are no such things as sins. there is nothing I do, or that anyone does that offends any supernatural beings.(because there are none)
the only offenses I may commit are directly towards other humans or my Self. period.

The notion that some superbeing is offended by our puny actions, is the height of egotism. its what gets us in trouble. thinking some superbeing exists and sustains itself on our good behaviors and prayers is absolutely absurd, and self-centered.

human ego in need of a supreme daddy to make love us. please love me daddy, please see how good I am!? save me daddy...! hogwash! all of it.
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And I'll put my imagination up against yours anytime...and know I'll win.
Precisely, you think imagination is a competition. We (christians) won that competition centuries ago.

Our imagination was so powerful, it still exists today.

What do you have to say about that, my competitive little atheist?

You're still in court trying to convince people god doesnt exist. Why don't you do some good in the world instead?
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nice saying but wrong. there is proof, but its never been presented. its not so hard.
if someone could simply prove anything supernatural, anything - and not just unanswered, or anecdotal, I could then consider agnosticism...
lol Why is it wrong? Because YOU say so? Like it says,, you don't believe so ANYTHING brought up as proof you would scoff at. It's just the way it is,,and anything you say would NEVER make me NOT believe.
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Picketing, shouting at gays, shouting "fool" at atheists, this is all christian behavour. I don;t know why you are calling it unchristian? I am engaging in human discourse, this is hy I am here. I am loving, I love everyone.
I love you through my violence and coersion.
Sounds to me like you are a little sarcastic smart ass.
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flowery wrote:
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Picketing, shouting at gays, shouting "fool" at atheists, this is all christian behavour. I don;t know why you are calling it unchristian? I am engaging in human discourse, this is hy I am here. I am loving, I love everyone.
I love you through my violence and coersion.
so suicide bombing is okay with you?

you love only the voices in your head.
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lol Why is it wrong? Because YOU say so? Like it says,, you don't believe so ANYTHING brought up as proof you would scoff at. It's just the way it is,,and anything you say would NEVER make me NOT believe.
once again comprehension escapes you.

you have your proof, correct? many believers have their own forms of proof, yes? and they dont match yours, right?

I have mine. its just not yours. its thats simple.

get a clue. think with a few more cells...

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