I've decided to give you all something to chew on here. Why would anyone choose to be an Atheist? Well, why would anyone choose to be a Catholic, a Baptist, a Hindu?...and the list goes on. In my case it took some time but Christianity had a lot to do with my deciding upon Atheism. Not so much Christianity in itself but the rampant hypocrisy exhibited by so many that refer to themselves as "good Christians". First impressions are lasting and if you want to instill wariness in me introduce yourself as a "good Christian". If that's the case why do you have to tell me? Shouldn't actions speak louder than words? Are you informing me because you truly are or is it because you're convincing yourself? Why are so called "good Christians" so arrogant that they believe their way is the only way? This is what prompted me to eventually post NO SOLICITING signs in my yard and on my door. Rampant Baptists in my neck of the woods and I finally had enough. Still, I've had them come knocking. The last were subjected to a litany of profanity I'm still proud of. Hey, they were too stupid to leave when asked. After all, I don't come knocking on your door to espouse my beliefs so what makes you think I want you knocking on mine? I was not raised in a particularly religious household. The Lutheran church was as close as we came. I was raised to believe in God and do right by others. I still strive to do right by others. My wife was raised Lutheran. We had a small wedding in a Lutheran church. My best man was (and remains) Catholic. I had two ushers, one Catholic and one Baptist. All friends since childhood. So why would I eventually decide upon Atheism? Is the Bible a good book chocked full of great wisdom? Absolutely. Was Jesus a great man? No doubt in my mind. First big problem for me is the Virgin Mary. Sorry; conception does not work that way. Doesn't now and didn't then. Mary got pregnant the usual way. Was it rape? A one nighter? A relative? We'll never know. Sorry again folks, but I don't believe it was caused by any deity. It was caused by a man. This point of view in itself might qualify me as an Atheist I suppose and in the eyes of so many self righteous a sinner. But who are they to say and why should I really care? Jesus. Yes Jesus. Indeed a great figure in history. Christianity is based on his teachings from what I've heard. Religion spoiled it along with the many interpretations which led to said religions. Religions evolved into power and money. If I were to decide to attend a church it would more likely be a ramshackle building than some grand cathedral. Worshiping a God on a shoe string budget seems more genuine to me. "Christians" have soured me on religion. In large part, I'm sure, because I live in a predominately "Christian" environment. What I have witnessed "good Christians" say and do over the years has frankly disgusted me. Saying one believes in God and He'll forgive me is a crock and an excuse to act without a moral compass of any kind. To many, I feel, God is someone to thank when things are going good and someone to blame when they aren't. Too many "good Christians" are anything but. They don't follow the teachings of Jesus. They pay it lip service. I'd rather not include myself in that group. There are so many deities one can follow but to good old Christians they're all wrong. Really? What was the harm in the beliefs of Native Americans when white Christians arrived? It worked well for them for quite some time I believe and still does for many. Good for them I say. A resounding "bully" actually. But alas Christians felt the need to force feed their beliefs upon these people. Truth is white Christians have been quite the rotten lot throughout history and particularly nasty here in the good old U.S. Live and let live has never been an option If you worship what you identify as God and it works for you. Good. If you worship a tree and it works for you. Good. If you worship the rear passenger tire on your car and it works for you. Good. As long as it causes no harm to others I say good. Unfortunately this rarely is the case. Live and let live.