Becoming an Athiest, gently.

10 05 2015

I have been pretty rough on the religious, and many other atheists have too.

And that’s a problem, because not everyone is completely sold on religion, they might say they’re
a Christian, but they’re questioning it alone, and need a soft landing.

Who do they ask for help?

A priest will point to a religious text, an Atheist will point to facts…
and neither is helpful.

For instance, depressed people are routinely told to “just get over it” that it’s
“all just in your mind” and from a technical point, that’s true, but when you do
suffer from depression, well it’s just not that simple.

When a Christian (or those of another faith) has been told by people they love and admire that something is true, right from the time they could walk, and they have lives based around their religion, friends, social engagements and then, suddenly, all that is gone… well it must be like stepping out of a window, into nothing.

People should not be expected to leap off a building and hit the pavement, then pick themselves up and start again, there should be a way to help ease the transition, their landing should be as comfortable as we can make it for them.

I have not been a christian myself, not really, although Mum (who had her doubts now and then) was.
But even for me, untying all the strings has been difficult. for someone who is a regular church goer, it would be monstrously difficult.

Now and then I have felt like I’ve treated people too harshly, and I realise that isn’t helping, it’s much the same as whipping an animal to perform tricks, when they’ll often do the very same thing because they love you, if you let them.

In today’s world, religion is looking less appealing for many reasons, and people are going to need help, let’s give it to them, and let’s do it kindly.

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