Well Hi everyone, I have been reading here for quite a while now. Ive been just a little nervous, for personal reasons, to take the leap into posting and getting involved. But I am going to jump....because it seems like a good group, with not too much nastiness..... and the one guy that I found trying to start shit was promptly banned! Yay!
So I was raised very evangelical, and for 35 years I was the most whole-hearted Jesus lover you could ever meet. I always had a couple questions niggling at the back of my brain, but I tried not to think about those, and just had Faith. Well, eventually, the questions became too pressing, and the conclusions to the discussions of those questions became too easy (Faith). I also got sick of feeling like we had to defend God and his word. I felt like if this was the great Truth, shouldn't it defend itself? Why does God need such inept people coming to his defense? So it all unravelled from there. It was a couple years' process, but here I am, having been a very secure, happy atheist for about 5 years now.....
Which makes it very touchy sometimes to make friends where I live now, which is deep south, Baptist-Church-attending, nobody's been anywhere but this county, Bible Belt.
Ugh. I've managed to meet a couple of the more free spirited people here, but as you may notice in the future, I have a tender place in my heart for Christians, especially genuine, trying-to-do-it-all-right people. Because I know where they're coming from and I am pretty confident that they have been effectively brainwashed, and I know how terrifying and difficult and painful it is to tear one's self away from one's foundation of life.
I love my bees, my chickens, the outdoors and being in nature (trees feed my soul), bugs, dragons (Oh how I wish they were real!) and my family.
Please forgive my posting habits in advance. I read a lot, but don't post a lot. Part of it is a time issue, part of it is that often I don't feel I have much to add to a particular conversation.
Ok, thanks for reading my super long intro. This is the longest post I'll probably ever compose, because how much fun is it to talk about myself? Ha ha