I once was an acupuncturist, then I was a homeopath. After I saw my way out of those ways of thinking I also saw my way out of many similar future ones without even know it. It is as if I turned off certain self-deception switches which would never work again.
I use to do some pretty amazing things with acupuncture needles — I need to post more on that. But I doubt I could pull those off any more because I no longer believe.
Us ex-Christian atheist bloggers often have Christians accuse us of rejecting a false Christianity. They claim that their flavor of Christianity is true (or better) than our former sects and that perhaps if we’d had not been exposed to the false teachings of our former Christianity, we may still be Christian. They pity our rejection of Christianity as a whole only because we tasted one or two bad Christianities instead of real Christianity.
Well, they may be right. We may still be Christians only because it would have taken us a little longer to see through their theological knots. But for me, I really think there is no hope now because I have turned of some important switches. To mention a few, I no longer believe the following:
- god(s) can talk or communicate to us
- miracles happen
- gods or spirits intervene in the world
- believing in gods will add any value to my life
- there are privileged scriptures
- there is any added value in using god-jargon
So no matter how tasty they feel their flavor of Christianity would be for me, the broken switches I mentioned above would probably not go back on. And I am pretty sure that no matter what flavor of Christianity they embrace, one or more of these switches are important for lighting up their religious play arena.
I use to do some amazing things with my Christianity but I doubt I could ever pull off those things again since there is so much I couldn’t possibly believe again with any integrity.
Questions to readers: Have you ever had switches like these turn off in your life?