It's me again, the new guy. Well, here it is: I was raised a Christian. Throughout high school, when things didn't go right, I used to pray to my deity for things to get better, but often they never did. I am now in college, and after taking some classes and improving my reasoning/rational thinking, a scary thought popped up in my head: what if my god really did not exist? I never saw him, heard him, talked to him, felt him, etc. Basically, I had no proof what so ever that he existed, so how was I so sure? Suddenly I was filled with terror, the thought that I may not get an eternal afterlife and would instead be dead for ever. I quickly talked to my religious leaders to gain faith again, and for a few months I was okey. But then again skepticism popped up in my head. This time I was not as scared because I had gotten used to the idea already of eternal death. I converted to agnostcism. Soon afterwords I just accepted the non-existance of deities and saw religion as just being wishful thinking and a feel-good fairly tale, so I become an atheist.
After studying some philosophy, I realized that if deities did exist, we really could not prove or disprove it since the very definition of a deity is a powerful entity that lies beyond the reach of the scientific method. So, I decided that everything in the world is a religion and I just needed to choose one that works for me. So I adopted the religion of science because it was the only religion that helped me: science made my medicines, made my car work, made my computer work, made my apartment no fall over, etc. But, christianity proved to do nothing for me. Well, I would like to post one of my favorite articles which explains in much more intellectual terms than I, why I choose science over Christianity:
The following is from http://www.thebirdman.org/
The Falsity of Religion: Twelve Indisputable Arguments
By John "Birdman" Bryant
Religion today hangs on the horns of a dilemma: On the one hand, it is false in the scientific sense, as we shall demonstrate below; but on the other hand, because religion in one form or another has been around as long as recorded history -- and in fact has played a central role in man's social and personal life -- it is almost certain that religion is useful in the sense that it has helped men to survive. The real dilemma of religion, however, is that it must be believed in order to be useful, yet this is impossible when people know that it is false.
The obvious solution to this dilemma -- if indeed there is a solution -- is to discover what is useful about religion, and to try to make use of this knowledge. This I have attempted to do in my book The Most Powerful Idea Ever Discovered. But we will be stymied in our attempt to accomplish this task -- or at least to bring it to fruition in the sense of teaching others -- if we do not first and finally sweep away the foolishness of religious belief by making a plain and clear statement as to religion's literal falsity. Accordingly, we cite below what we view as twelve compelling reasons why a rational person must regard religion as false.
The complete article is at http://www.thebirdman.org/Index/Reli...g-Atheist.html