Reviews for Religion
Torn chapter 1 . 3/22
REVIEWER'S NOTE: I apologize if I offend you or your loved ones, or your beliefs. This is deeply personal, and I'm just sharing my opinion and experience, not trying to.. taint you or harm your soul. If you are devoutly religious, I advise you not to read.

Only rarely does one find such a relatable story as yours, anonymous author. (I'm going to write this as if you're going to read it in the hope that you will, the same way I prayed when I was young and too devoted to see what I now accept as the truth.)

I'm not exactly an atheist, not yet anyway, I'm just not Christian. I guess you could say I'm searching, which is what inspired my pen name for this review: Torn.

I, like you, was once a devout Christian raised in a 'good' family that dragged me off to church. As life started happening (we moved, my school closed, we moved again) I lost touch with religion. I still believed there was Something out there watching over me, I just stopped saying my prayers before bed and stopped going to church, the temple of lies.

Then, when my family had settled down a little more, we started dressing up on Sunday's again. The first time back, I realized something: not only is the 'holy book' inconsistent, both with itself and with the science I had grown to love, but also behind the smoke, wine, bread and out-of-tune organ, the whole thing seemed rather nebulous. I had a discussion with Mom on the way to lunch that day, during which she said, "God is everywhere so he can watch over everyone," to which I replied, "If he's everywhere, doesn't that mean he's really nowhere at all?"
That day shattered me, or at least the shell I had hidden behind for so long. It exposed my infidel core and set me free in a way no god could ever attempt.

You may have noticed that I don't capitalize the word 'god' or the phrase 'holy book.' Well, Christians, I'm of the sort that needs authorities to prove themselves with more levels Han a shiny badge and a title. Respect, at least for me, isn't given. It has to be earned, and your god or bible or whatever has done nothing for me. Please, I beg you, don't pray for me. I'm not at fault, and I don't hate you, your god or anyone.
The supposedly almighty god betrayed my trust on several occasions.
Once, when I was so sick I could barely stay awake and I prayed for him to heal me. I got worse, much worse, the next day. It was my own immune system and science that saved me, not some deity.
Twice, when my godmother had cancer and a month to live. Again, I prayed for her, prayed that she'd have the strength to keep fighting and beat the odds, or at least pass painlessly. See, I was selfless, so you can't blame greed. Four days later, she was gone, and it was morphine, not a superior power, that gave her an easy end.
Again, when my rat Frodo was sick- badly sick- and I prayed, for the last time since then, that his pain would be lessened. Over the next week, in the middle of January 2015, his condition got a lot worse very quickly, and I could feel the agony he was in. He's no longer with us now, and I hope he's escaped the realm of the god that let him suffer so.
God sacrificed his child for us, right? If we are all his children, are we to be sacrificed as well, one by one? I'm sorry, but I can't see how that god is benevolent in the slightest.

In short, thank you. You have helped me to heal, to find a place, a group, where I belong. For now, that group is the atheists and the searching. The torn. The free.
Do-You-Really-Love-Me chapter 1 . 3/3/2012
This is amazing. I have the same views as yourself. Thank you for this. I never quite knew how to get them out.
Aristaeus chapter 1 . 2/29/2012
Hey, I really enjoyed reading this, and I must say that anyone who read the summary who is a Christian, and expected something else, was probably, most certainly surprised.

I currently attend an Assemblies of God church in my town, and they've put me on a 'Youth Leader' roster recently, though I didn't consent with this, mind you.

But I was never raised as a Christian. I was raised as an Athiest and was told by my parents that my religious choices were strictly mine only, and I was to influence no one in the family if I chose to be anything but Athiest.

So my best friend took me to a Christian Youth Group one night, at the most awkward of times, during sex ed. I kind of worried about going back later, as I found it boring, a bit crude and felt awkward when they expected me to give my life to God that night, and I refused to. I went back later, and they dwelled me in faith and read me stories from the bible, and a lot of it made sense to me, while other chapters didn't seem realistic at all. I find it hard to focus on being a Christian, even though I need to be to fill the role of a 'Youth Leader' and often sway from the religion with curses, sinning and overall lack of prayer.

I loved your opinion of the religion, and I wish I had as much faith as your mother! And I know it's a daily struggle to think, "Which is right? What's more logical? Will I go to heaven or hell? Is this even real?" And I've had it drilled into me by pastors to keep faith, but in today's society, it's so hard to keep faith strong and alive when so many people let us down, despite what the bible says, and promises.

Thank-you for sharing this. It somewhat made me feel as though I'm not alone in my constant spiritual battle between Athiesm and Christianity. (:
Lady Helvetica chapter 1 . 2/28/2012
Sorry my kindle loaded the long comment twice wasnt meant to be spam or shoving it in ur face.

Love ya, LH
Lady Helvetica 2 lazy 2 log in chapter 1 . 2/28/2012
Eve was made from Adam's side, not bottom or top, to symbolize equality. They also had more than one child ony two had a story that was worth mentioning.

The boat was giant and God blessed the animals for Noah.

Giliath was not a ligit giant just a REALLY BIG bloke.

I have read a passage in the Job chapter of the Bible that said something along the lines of that there were big lizards, spears bounced off their scales and smoke came form their nostrils as they left a wake behind them as they swam. SPEARS. humans. there were dinosaurs with humans. also new research shows that maybe all dinos were vegetarians.

As for Satan, the Bibically correct Christian feels pity for him, not hate. As God does. And may I point to an Albus Dumbledore qoute as we are both Potterheads?

"Do not pity the dead, Harry. Pity the living, and, above all, those who live without love." Ecellent example of God's teachings.

Satan is without love. Therefore, we are to pity Satan.

and God doesnt tell, he shows. He may not answer in the way you expect.

Logic has nothing to do with miracles, hence the name miracle. Anything happens with God. GOD CAN DO ANYTHING HE IS NOT A HUMAN LIKE YOU OR I. THATS THE POINT HES A (THE) GOD.

I hope all of these do not come off as excuses for they are reasons and whether you choose to recognize that or not is your choice.

I will pray for you, sister. i think ur a girl...

I cry when I hear of athiests because I think of all the joy I get from my relationship with God and I have a wonderful Heaven to look forward to at the end of all things.

Also, we dont do things out of fear. We were taught to "Love thy neighbor as thy brother." I have so much empathy for others, I sometimes cry myself to sleep out of pity. Saddness for others makes me feel dead inside.

I have an athiest friend and when I see him, I feel not anger but crippling saddness. How I would love to spend an eternity in Heaven with him :'( Alas, this may not come to be.

I pray for you my friend. I respect your decision but I hope that you come to fully enjoy the love of God as I have someday.

God turned me around after a failed suicide attempt. I love Him with all my heart.
Lady Helvetica 2 lazy 2 log in chapter 1 . 2/28/2012
Eve was made from Adam's side, not bottom or top, to symbolize equality. They also had more than one child ony two had a story that was worth mentioning.

The boat was giant and God blessed the animals for Noah.

Giliath was not a ligit giant just a REALLY BIG bloke.

I have read a passage in the Job chapter of the Bible that said something along the lines of that there were big lizards, spears bounced off their scales and smoke came form their nostrils as they left a wake behind them as they swam. SPEARS. humans. there were dinosaurs with humans. also new research shows that maybe all dinos were vegetarians.

As for Satan, the Bibically correct Christian feels pity for him, not hate. As God does. And may I point to an Albus Dumbledore qoute as we are both Potterheads?

"Do not pity the dead, Harry. Pity the living, and, above all, those who live without love." Ecellent example of God's teachings.

Satan is without love. Therefore, we are to pity Satan.

and God doesnt tell, he shows. He may not answer in the way you expect.

Logic has nothing to do with miracles, hence the name miracle. Anything happens with God. GOD CAN DO ANYTHING HE IS NOT A HUMAN LIKE YOU OR I. THATS THE POINT HES A (THE) GOD.

I hope all of these do not come off as excuses for they are reasons and whether you choose to recognize that or not is your choice.

I will pray for you, sister. i think ur a girl...

I cry when I hear of athiests because I think of all the joy I get from my relationship with God and I have a wonderful Heaven to look forward to at the end of all things.

Also, we dont do things out of fear. We were taught to "Love thy neighbor as thy brother." I have so much empathy for others, I sometimes cry myself to sleep out of pity. Saddness for others makes me feel dead inside.

I have an athiest friend and when I see him, I feel not anger but crippling saddness. How I would love to spend an eternity in Heaven with him :'( Alas, this may not come to be.

I pray for you my friend. I respect your decision but I hope that you come to fully enjoy the love of God as I have someday.

God turned me around after a failed suicide attempt. I love Him with all my heart.
steph135 chapter 1 . 2/27/2012
hey, it never says in the bible to hate satan, it dosent even say God hates satan. he just dosent like what satan trys to do, which is driving people away from God. also it never says in the bible that adam and eve ONLY had 2 kids, they just have a story about only two of their kids. theres so much more, but i dont have enogh room to explain it all, but one more thing. if God didnt make us how do you think we got here? i mean even darwin ( guy who made up evolution) said that it was, like a one in a trillion chance that people turned out the way we are. i mean, like everything about peoples functions and the human mind is so complex, how can it all be a accident? btw im 13 years old and im not trying to preach at ya, just stating the facts