Thanks RRS, I'm back.
I came across it the other day, and realized how glad I am that I lost my faith. This is a thank you to the RRS, and a re-introduction of myself.
Thank you Rational Response Squad.
In High School I was a conflicted, stressed, and confused person. Christianity was the center of my life, and I blindly followed it believing I would find answers, peace, and understanding. I had no academic plans in my Junior year of High School, I wanted to become a priest. My entire wardrobe was christian t-shirts and religious necklaces.
Losing my faith wasn't simple, and there are many factors that caused it to happen. The most important factor was this website. I joined as a zealous Christian with my own crazy ideals and explanations for things. I wanted to win converts.
On this forum my ridiculous ideas were contradicted in a clean and easy to understand manner. Those ideas stuck with me as I matured, spent more time reading the bible, and talking on this forum. It was hard to admit to myself, but I began to have my doubts. It was an emotional and dramatic time, but eventually I admitted to myself that I didn't believe in God anymore. I told my family and friends, and I became alienated for it. I made friends from RRS and spent a lot of time talking on Skype to them, as well as posting on the forums. I was quickly accepted as an Atheist, which I quickly learned isn't some elitist clique, Atheists are simply not theist.
It was more emotional then I feel comfortable admitting, but why not. Thank you for listening to me from childish relationship issues, to what I wanted to do with my life. I was an empty character after losing my faith. I didn't have goals, or an idea where I was going with my life. I learned so much about myself through conversations that had nothing to do with God, and no religious influence.
I didn't contribute to the website before, I only benefited. This is my way of saying thanks, and introducing my new self. I think I'll stick around for awhile.
I am a Junior in College studying Software Engineering. I am thrilled by programming, and I can't wait to have my upcoming interviews for internships. I am a happy, confident, and calm person, who has been openly atheist for a few years. For once I feel my head is on straight.
Thanks again RRS, without you I might be a priest who just now began to doubt.