Atheist, what does it mean? It means that I am Skeptical at best on the existance of a supernatural being. I am not rejecting god, you can not reject someone you do not believe exists. I don't care if you think i'm going to hell, I am acting on my own logical conclusions from years of listening to stories that were never proven. That does not require anyone's approval but myself. I am tired of people acting like i've rejected them based on my assumptions and my belief of what is real.
This is not meant to be a flaming on christians. No. Just an explanation on what an Atheist is. We as humans will always choose to believe what we feel is honest. I do not generally attack people based on their religions, do not do so to me. When i say I am athiest, it's not an attack on you or your beliefs, it's just a conclusion i came to through investigations of my own.
I have no issue with taking the bible as a guide for life, but don't preach at me. I've made my decision, and I'm not changing for anonymous web-goers. At 16 I learned that i could and would choose for myself what I believed in, and was severely repremanded for it. My mother took a belt to me, five days later i was in a group home and stayed there for five years. It's taken a long time to rebuild a relation with my grandmother (she is everything to me, a solid place to stand in a sea of hatred) she was originally very upset, but came to understand my thoughts through a four day long conversation with why i chose what I did.
And for any other Atheists out there, do not let others determine what you believe in. You are not alone, and You are not few in number.