I’m 15 and I have been an atheist for 1 year now. I haven’t told my parents (southern baptists) because I’m afraid they will react negatively, but i can’t take the stress of living a lie anymore. I’m going to write a letter coming out with my atheism and want some advice on what to write.
I don’t know what to tell you. If you think the stress of living a lie is difficult, you might have to consider what it will be like living with parents whose single-minded goal in life is to convince you that the only redemption for your soul is to return to the fold. They will be very—make that extremely—unlikely to sit back and say, “Fine, we’ll love and support you no matter what you decide,” because they will believe that your very soul is in danger of eternal damnation in hell fire. They won’t be able to sleep at night for worry about this until they convince you to change your mind. I really think this is cruel torture to put kids through, especially for people who claim to be the epitome of love and kindness, but what can I say?
Fundamentalist Christianity is seen by our society as being virtuous and acceptable, immune to criticism. Kids are expected to suck it up despite knowing in the depths of their beings that no such God could exist. The decades of torment I endured till I finally dared break free…at least you have only three more years till you turn eighteen and have a legal right to make your own decisions. At eighteen you can get a job and an apartment and live as you see fit, so long as you don’t break the law or hurt anyone.