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Mar 28 2007

Atheist Experience #490: Atheist parenting

Russell tackles some of the common questions that come up with regard to atheist parents.

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    D.A.N.

    I think the best part of this blog is the sound quality.

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    Anonymous

    The sound is pretty bad…

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    Patrick

    About 3 years ago I dropped into a black hole – four months of absolute terror. I wanted to end my life, but somehow [Holy Spirit], I reached out to a friend who took me to hospital. I had three visits [hospital] in four months – I actually thought I was in hell. I imagine I was going through some sort of metamorphosis [mental, physical & spiritual]. I had been seeing a therapist [1994] on a regular basis, up until this point in time. I actually thought I would be locked away – but the hospital staff was very supportive [I had no control over my process]. I was released from hospital 16th September 1994, but my fear, pain & shame had only subsided a little. I remember this particular morning waking up [home] & my process would start up again [fear, pain, & shame]. No one could help me, not even my therapist [I was terrified]. I asked Jesus Christ to have mercy on me & forgive me my sins. Slowly, all my fear has dissipated & I believe Jesus delivered me from my “psychological prison.” I am a practicing Catholic & the Holy Spirit is my friend & strength; every day since then has been a joy & blessing. I deserve to go to hell for the life I have led, but Jesus through His sacrifice on the cross, delivered me from my inequities. John 3: 8, John 15: 26, are verses I can relate to, organically. He’s a real person who is with me all the time. I have so much joy & peace in my life, today, after a childhood spent in orphanages [England & Australia]. Fear, pain, & shame, are no longer my constant companions. I just wanted to share my experience with you [Luke 8: 16 – 17].Peace Be With YouPatrick

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    Martin

    Fear, pain and shame are not our constant companions either. It is not surprising to hear from people who were hooked by religion when they were in an emotionally vulnerable, weak and unhappy state. That’s what religion does.

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    D.A.N.

    Way to go Patrick!!Another fantastic testimony of God existing and proof he is here for us. There are literally millions of stories like Patrick’s and even mine. You can act like an ostrich all you like but you will have to account for your actions to the authority of the entire universe. You are held accountable to your actions whether you have a Mom or Dad or any friends or not. There is the Father in heaven that you are waging a war against. You see Martin the reason you haven’t found God is for the same reason a thief can’t find a policeman. The Bible says seek and you shall find, knock and the door will open for you. God bless you Patrick and keep in the word daily because it is like your loved one writing you love letters and you didn’t bother to read any of them. God wrote us 66 love letters called the Holy Bible and he wants us to read it. Thanks for sharing and I pray we all can be as strong as you are today. I am grateful to God that he chose you Patrick to be written in the book of life. We should pray for our lost friends here at this blog. For Him,Dan

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    Martin

    Dan, you poor little man. Don’t you know that personal anecdotes aren’t proof of anything?Using Dan non-thinking way of thinking, we should all consider these as “proof” that Zarathustra lives and is here for us.The dysfunction of the religious mind is a pitiful thing, isn’t it, folks.

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    Fiery

    Dear Patrick-Liar liar pants on fire. I just came over from another blog http://friendlyatheist.com/2007/03/28/a-blog-about-secular-parenting/ where this exact post “black hole for 3 years blah blah blah” was posted by a moron named Michael. Did you guys get some sort of fundy newsletter with a copy-paste feature for the nearest atheist blog. Grow up. Not one atheist on the planet gives a shit about your conversion fantasy.

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