Originally posted by divegeester
Addiction: It is said that once you are addicted to alcohol or nicotine you are always addicted - even if you actually stop drinking or smoking. It cannot be possible to attribute the same principle to theism, because if you take the position that there is no God, then there is actually nothing to be "addicted" to, is there. So therefore, why would a t ...[text shortened]... o adamantly to their belief and why can't they so easily change their own mind on the matter?
Well, strange as it seems, my daughter and her husband, both Bahai, he is from India, she is from Denver, they both teach at university in Natal Brazil now, but they saw in the religion they thought more pure than other Judea-Christian-Islam based religions (Bahai is an offshoot of Islam). They thought they were in such a pure religion but then started to notice there were no women in the upper ranks, just like all the other major religions. That started them on a journey that led to them both 'converting' to atheism.
So I know it can happen, right in my own family it did.
I myself had a Lutheran upbringing, Lutheran school from K to 8, but my grandmother was a strident Pentacostal. She told me when I was 8 yo, if I did not get baptized in the PENTACOSTAL way (whole body dunking) instead of that pathetic Catholic/Lutheran dribbling of a few drops of water, you call that BAPTISM?
You will go to hell if you don't get a Pentacostal baptism. So I did, like the good little kid I was. Then started thinking, this is nuts, the whole stupid thing is nuts, Christianity is a scam.
I am eternally grateful for my grandmother pointing out how I would go to hell if I only relied on the Lutheran method of baptism.
After that I came to the conclusion the entire world of religion was nuts, nobody on earth knew anything more than anyone else about the god business, so I rejected all of it. If some god comes down and strikes me down for daring to totally disbelieve ALL of them, so be it.