When atheists gather, we discuss what it going on in our respective lives like all people. When new people show up because they found us on meetup.com, they are often share their journey in religion.
A writer in the magazine, Humanist, reviewed her journey. It was so similar to what we hear from new comers I will paraphrase it here.
“One day when I was reading the Bible I realized I simply didn’t believe it anymore. Suddenly my whole world was off balance. God was no longer the great and powerful Wizard of Oz; he was a man behind the curtain of collective imagination. I honestly didn’t think this would happen to me. It was stranger because I thought I was the only nonbeliever in the world.
“Even more disconcerting to me was reading on line a definition of atheism. It was roughly, ‘Not being convinced of the validity of a deity or deities based on lack of evidence.’
“This broad definition was unsettling to me. It was unsettling because I did not want to be called an ‘atheist’ but the definition included me. In fact, it zeroed in on me.
“From what I had always heard, atheists hated God and hated people who believed in God. That would include my family. My only problem with God was he existed only in the mind. I was alarmed to learn that made me an atheist.
“Since then, I’ve come to accept that I’m an atheist. I simply don’t believe.”