So this thread is just to know your stance on god(s), your religious beliefs and all that jazz.
I don't believe in a god and I don't see how anyone else can but what do you guys think, why do you guys believe in a god or not believe in a god? because I genuinely don't understand how people believe in a god. does it have to do with family and friends, if so have you ever questioned your beliefs? is it something entirely different?
and to those who don't believe in a god, what made you not believe anymore or made you have doubts? Was there something that changed your views all together?
Pretty long background:
For me it was very gradual. So, one of my cats died about 4 years ago and I remember praying and hoping that he wouldn't die, unfortunately he died couple hours later. It was very traumatic for me and I kind of lost a little faith. 2 months later my other cat died I prayed like the other time, but this time I stopped midway I realized it was useless, he did die. from that day I questioned my religion and the idea of a higher power. I didn't tell my parents and I kept to myself. My brother at the time was an atheist and so he would always question god, he had a big impact on my stance on religion, but I didn't become an atheist right away. it took me around two years to finally label myself as an atheist. My Mom was not happy, she is catholic and that was something she didn't like. over time she understood and doesn't argue with me on the topic anymore. oddly she has steered herself away from the catholic church and now condemns the catholic church of abuses that they have taken over the years. she is considering turning protestant, but said that if her mom (my grandma) ever found out that she was just thinking that way, she would disown her! (good thing we live pretty far from her) My dad doesn't like religion, doesn't mean he doesn't believe in a god but he doesn't believe in a personal god, he is more like a deist. Which I always though he was since he never talked about god or religion and the only time he talked about it was in a negative way. Anyways the only people who know that I am an atheist are my parents and my siblings and some friends. I am Mexican, and considering that 99% are catholic. I don't think it would be wise to tell them, probably make them have a heart attack if I do.
*note: I didn't make this thread to insult those who believe in a higher power, just my curiosity on those who do and don't and why