Religion doesn't need to "seize control", you are taught from before you can hardly walk that you are a "sinner" who must bow down before your master if you hope to be "saved" in the "afterlife". If they waited until after a person has reach an age of reasoning ability, their numbers would quickly dwindle.<quoted text>
... seized at control, both within and outside of institutions of organized religion...
Since: May 08
#21 Dec 1, 2012
Since: May 09
#22 Dec 1, 2012
I was adopted into a Pentecostal family, where indoctrination began as soon as a child could begin to understand English. For me it was reading the bible, which began as punishment for asking questions. What I found there-in did not coalesce with the teachings that I had endured.
My interest was peaked. I believed completely in the Christain god Jehovah, but began to disbelieve the bible itself. It took some time for me to discover that the bible god had but the single source from whence he sprang. No not the buybull, it was the Abrahamic religions which gave birth to that particular construct of a god. It was from older religions that they found the stuff to mold into Jehovah.
Certain bible passages, as surely as if they had been emblazoned across the sky, told me that the god was nothing more than man's tool. Imagine a loving god who would force a parent to eat his/her own child. My disbelief began with Ezekiel 26:29
#23 Dec 4, 2012
Since: Dec 11
Perth, Western Australia
#24 Dec 4, 2012
I was christened as an Anglican (protestant)and my path to atheism was actually quite unintentionally set in motion at the age of 14 by my grandmother when my interest in history lead her to tell me "Read the Bible it's the most accurate historical document there is."
While reading I started to notice contradictions, historical inaccuracies and impossibilities as well as acceptance of acts and behaviours most people in modern society find abhorrent.
This led me to question the infallibility, morality and even the existence of the bible god.
I then decided to look into other religions as well as previous belief systems now dismissed as myths. This all eventually lead to me being for lack of a better term a "fully fledged" atheist by the age of 16.
I guess I have to thank my grandmother not only did she set me free of faith she allowed me to develop a healthy scepticism that I may never have developed otherwise.
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