They’re worried about my soul…

Apparently I embarrassed my dad on Facebook a few days ago because I stated publicly that I’m a “non-believer.” This led to a belligerent phone call during which I asked him to stop embarrassing me. But he said he was embarrassed of me, and told me I shouldn’t say I’m a non-believer on Facebook. He didn’t say, “where all my friends can see it,” but I know he was thinking that.

He told me he worries for my soul. I know he’s not proud of me and it really hurts. I don’t understand why he isn’t proud of me, though. I work hard, got my degree, and I’m raising two sweet, polite, and kind little girls. I have a great marriage and a happy life. What’s not to be proud of? I don’t believe in his imaginary dude in the sky…that’s all.

To that, I say, “so, what!?” If there is a god (and that’s a big if for me), I don’t believe it’s the god of the Bible. I believe the god will be proud of my life and my actions. I believe this god will not demand to be worshipped, condemn gay people, oppress women, and favor war. If there is a god, he probably won’t care whether or not people believe in him because he’s given us no evidence he exists!


5 Thoughts on “They’re worried about my soul…

  1. I feel ya…it’s certainly nice to know I am not alone in experiencing family strife due to my atheism. Although I have not come out to everyone on Facebook yet…did you make an event of it or just nonchalantly start talking about your unbelief one day?

  2. Hi Vanessa! I didn’t really make a big deal of it. I just started liking the atheist pages wanted to like and commenting on various things with my non-religious slant. Eventually people took notice and I got several private and public messages.

  3. Mark Dohle on February 28, 2014 at 8:18 am said:

    I am a Christian, so please don’t let us turn you into a village atheist…..we do become what we fight against. I think it is great that you speak your mind, good luck on your journey…..I liked the post about how your child said you were beautiful….you do have a great child.

  4. Supercharged95 on May 19, 2014 at 2:42 pm said:

    He is not upset because you don’t believe in God as he claims. Consider how he’d react to you becoming Islamic or any faith he disagree’s with? He is pissed because he took your decision as a judgement upon his ability to raise a so called good Christian. He is only worried about how he looks to other Christians not about your soul. You have the absolute right to raise your kids as you see fit “under the laws of this nation”. 1st amendment doesn’t cover only Christians.

  5. Alexis Holliday on April 13, 2015 at 2:28 pm said:

    I have just recently started reading your blog, and it is a huge relief knowing I am not the only one experiencing this. Keep writing! And know that you are making a difference, even if it’s only one life:)

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