The day I come out to my parents will be one of the most important days in my life. I don’t mean coming out as regards to sexual orientation. I mean coming out to them as an atheist. I think my mom has instinctively known about it but secretly doesn’t want to believe it til I tell her. It will be a big blow to them, what with their son confessing his lack of theistic belief or asserting absence of a supernatural being in charge.
Atheism is an antithesis for theism. Theism which is belief in a god or gods is opposite to atheism which is absence of belief in a god or gods. The “a” in a-theism is basically a translation to no-theism. So long as you have a god who you believe in, you are a theist. But if you don’t acknowledge or believe in the existence e of a god you are an atheist. If you grow up with no theist belief you become an atheist.
Most atheists have become atheists after opening their eyes to the effects of childhood indoctrination done by religion. I like to call these the enlightened atheists. I’m one of them. Instead of settling in my childhood religion when I came of age, I made decisions that turned me into an atheist. I refused to accept to continue with my religion when I realised I didn’t agree with it. I was slowly turning into a hypocrite. I was going to church just because other were. I was praying to a nonexistent entity instead of doing something better with my time. I refused to be sold the fantasy that is religion by my relatives, friends, colleagues, etc. Quoting this statement from the Declaration of Independence to describe what it felt like abandoning my religion:
Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more predisposed to suffer while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms they are accustomed.
If these words are not inspirational or motivating to do tje impossible, At one point, I was more predisposed to suffer in my religion than to go against the beliefs which my society is so accustomed. And whenever I have read this excerpt, I have always gained the courage to abolish the forms that I deemed insufficient to satisfy my intellectual side.