A Similar (Touching) Story on an Atheist Minister leading the faithful:
“Reading the Bible is what led me not to believe in God,” he said.
I came across this article awhile back. It’s an old one, but one worth repeating. It really does highlight the struggles of those who are truly engulfed in religion and the struggles and pains of deconverting. And coming to the painstakingly conclusion that God does not exist; especially when your income is dependent upon it.
I can completely relate to what Jack states when he says, “The more I read the bible the more questions I have.”
Because coming to the realization that God does not exist is very scary thought initially; and instead of finding answers in the bible, all it does is provoke more questions. It is a very scary moment for the believer to come to the rationality that we are alone in this world and that there is no heavenly ‘god’ watching over us, protecting us, guarding us or guiding us. Even the notion of questioning and doubting ones faith takes an emotional toll. As Adam says in the article, ” I asked God to take my life before I lost my faith.” As this was also a prayer of mine at one point in my deconversion.
- Conversion, Pastors to Atheist (Skepticmoney.com)
- From Minister to Atheist: A Story of Losing Faith (NPR.org)
- My Faith: Returning to church, despite my doubts (Bittersweetend.wordpress.com)
- Losing Our Religion Pt. 2 (Iamchrisbritton.wordpress.com)
- My Faith: The Danger of asking God ‘Why Me’? (Religions.blogs.cnn.com)
- My One Year Journey (Bittersweetend.wordpress.com)