I read it a couple of months ago and it helped me walk away from my “instilled belief system”. I have always wondered (silently) about the stories of the bible, the rules and such, but kept on believing, but not practicing. According to my religion, I would have been thrown out of my congregation for divorcing my physically abusive husband. They take that “till death do you part” shit pretty serious - so was he in trying to kill me. I was just resigned to the fact that I was going to burn in hell. I am a sinner after all, and some of those sins could not be forgiven. At least that is what I was told. Sooooo, if I am to burn in hell, then I shall earn it and enjoy the rest of my days.
Since then I have matured a little (I hope) and have started to question EVERYTHING. I have been pouring over the works of Mr. Harris, Mr. Dawkins, and Mr. Hitchens so far, and have finally come to the conclusion that there is no god. Their words have forced me to think - something I have been avoiding (mostly in regards to religion anyway - lol) since my childhood.
I must say that walking away from god has not been easy for me. It was like a double edged sword. A comfort at times, but for the most part, a gloomy little threat-promise of my afterlife. It was pounded into my brain from the beginning of my memories till a few months ago. I don’t dare share this with my mother, as she was born and raised catholic - went to an all girl catholic school, and has yet, in her 80 years, had a piece of bubble gum because the nuns told her it made the virgin mary cry - she couldn’t handle the guilt. It would destroy her if she knew that I stopped believing. I have discussed this with my dad, and was surprised at his thoughts on the whole subject. He teased me about it stating that he thought he had raised an intelligent child, but that I seemed to be taking after my mother. He was pleased that I finally arrived to a new dawn, a new day, and that I best appreciate every single one, as there is nothing more when it’s gone. He also agreed that I shouldn’t break my mother’s heart by sharing this with her. Let her live her final days in her total delusion - it will be a lot quieter that way LMAO!
I have been reading subjects and posts here for a little while, and I must say that I am intimidated by the education of most of the folks here, and surely I will come off as the true redneck, hillbilly woman I am. Then again, I have noticed that the really looooooooooooooooong posts by some of the folks, the extensive arguments they get into, the 25 cent words they use (some I have to look up - hey - don’t judge)still adds up to an idiot with great typing skills. I reckon I will find my spot in here somewhere.
Sorry it took well over 40 years for me to wise up. I am slow, but sure.
Jeez - went on about everything but the book! It was one of 4 books that changed my life…..forever, and for the better.