if I was catholic and made my confirmation, is it ok to just become an atheist?
Having spent some time in Afghanistan, let me share a part of me with you... I met a card carrying Taliban(I mean he showed me the card). You see, back the The Taliban ruled, you were required to actually carry a ID card stating who you were affilated with. He was about 20 when I met him. I think he said he was 15 when he joined. They came to his home and said to his family, ok who want to be Taliban? His father said no, so they shot him and said anyone else? He joined on the spot. After a year in training, he became the guy in the truck, would pull up and recruit. First he just drove, then he got to loot the dead bodies, then rape the women and children, finally execute the nay sayers. The Taliban are devout Muslims, but because of how they perverted Islam many Afghans no longer attend Mosque.
Here in America, we are no longer committed to anything, but are tossed back and forth by our emotions to whatever may tickle our ear. Whatever feels good. Whats worse, we don't even stay true to ourselves. I have three simple rules in life. 1. Honor God (could be hard for you). 2. Honor Parents (have you even talked with them?) . You have heard some good advice and then there's the other. You can sort it out. Have you sat down with your parents and said, "hey, I'm confussed, can you help me here?" 3. When it gets hard, refer back to #1.
That card carrying Taliban converted to Christ, which is a death sentence in Afghanistan. He said Christ was the only person to him that could forgive him of his sins. We change religions like underwear in America. In Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, you change religions, it will cost you your life! TOO bad we do not understand the eternal ramifacations of our flippant words.
THE PROCESS OF DISCIPLESHIP CAN CHANGE THE WAY YOU, HELPING YOU START PAYING ATTENTION TO THE IMPORTANT THINGS IN LIFE-LIKE THE MOST IMPORTANT PEOPLE IN THE WORLD, FOR EXAMPLE- THE ONES GOD HAS PLACED RIGHT IN YOUR LIVING ROOM.
(14)For this reason I bow my knees before the Father (15) from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named. (16) I pray that He may grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strenghened with power through His Spirit in the inner man, (17) and that the Messiah may dwell in your heartsthrough faith. I pray that you, being rooted and firmily established in love, (18) may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the length and witdh, height and depth of God's love,
(19) and to know the Messiah's love that surpasses knowledge, so you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
(20) Now to Him who is able to do above and beyond all that we ask or think- according to the power that works in you-(21) to Himbe glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
Absolutely OK. The catholic church doesn't own you, nor does any other (nor does it own anyone else). Since (as you now believe, and I agree) there is (almost certainly) no god, the confirmation ceremony doesn't mean anything. It was a sign of what you might have believed then, but that's all. (With their threat of Hell, they remind me of the Taliban!)
If you find being an atheist too much of a leap to make at once, why not hedge your bets and be agnostic for a while, and see how it goes? That is, say "I don't know if there's a god or not." It's quite all right not to know. Trouble is of course, many people will see that as an opportunity and a duty to try and convince you that there is - in fact I see it's started already. You'll find a lot of interesting discussion about this kind of thing at RichardDawkins dot net.
You have the right to do with yourself whatever you feel like, however I would question the intent behind your confirmation if it was recent. I would also tell you that in the eyes of the Catholic Church you would still be Catholic. Also it must be noted that completely denying the existence of any God-like being (atheism) is different then knowing that there's something out there but not knowing what it might be (agnosticism) . If you want to search- search.
I would ask you, though, if atheism is where you are going: why do you think there is no God?
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I wait for the LORD, my soul waits , and in his word I hope.
Why am I discouraged? Why so sad? I will put my hope in God!
God, I thank you that the fire of your Spirit brings new life to my body and soul. I will place my life in oyur hands and my hope in your faithfulness and love. Amen.
You are a free man. Part of freedom is the ability to change your mind. There may be a way to formally renounce your confirmation. Perhaps you could contact the church you were confirmed in?
Years ago I remember someone selling certificates to renounce your baptism. They were on parchment and suitable for framing. Wish I got one when I had the chance since I haven't seen them anywhere since. Since so many of my coworkers put religious stuff on their walls it would help balance things out.
God and religion are not the same thing. There is many ways to study and understand the nature of self, God and the universe, as there are many ways to hinder it.
There is no reason to punish yourself or feel guilty about leaving behind a religion or a belief that no longer serves you in this journey. Quite the oppposite.
There is some useful information on renouncing your church at
www dot secularism dot org dot uk slash debaptism dot html
You're lucky you were baptised catholic! You can just sign a form and send it back to the church and be struck off. If you were baptised Anglican (Episcopalian) there's nothing you can do!
***In Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, you change religions, it will cost you your life! TOO bad we do not understand the eternal ramifacations of our flippant words.***
It was the same way in America once, what's your point?
You won't be catholic anymore. In a way you will because, you were confirmed.but if you decide to become atheist you cant call yourself catholic anymore.Because you can't really be both.
If you want to become an atheist then why did u make your confirmation? You should only make you comfirmation if you are a true catholic and believe in God.
If you have accepted Christ as your savior and now want to disbelieve, it is too late! You are already saved, you cannot be unsaved!
Everyone is free to make their own choices in life, good or bad - that's one I wouldn't make but certainly your choice.
Plenty of people in your position call themselves "lapsed catholics" but I prefer "recovering catholic".
Just for DISCUSSION... what are your reasons for wanting to become atheist?
If you want to. I'm an athiest too, and I like it.
If you have a valid reason.