This is a very personal thread, and I'm just giving you my point of view. I'm not here to offend anyone who holds a belief in God, I'm just here to provide to you the reasons why I don't need God in my life, and why I don't even care if he exists. It may sound negative, to be an Atheist. It sounds almost like you've lost all hope in the world. The reason to live is something I had to find on my own after losing my faith 8 years ago. When I had God in my life everything revolved around pleasing God. So I had to keep tabs on what was right by him and what was not. Some aspects of me I knew were not ok with him, like my love for music, I listened to everything, even metal, and some music out there, like Marilyn Manson was a bit extreme at times, and sometimes it mocked religion and God, and it made me feel bad to listen to it knowing I would be pissing God off, but I really enjoyed the music. The point is, when I had faith I was with a lot of stress, trying to be someone I wasn't, and I asked God to forgive me every day, because I thought I wasn't worthy of him because everything I did was a sin. It's not after I lost my faith that I began to feel comfortable with having thoughts, even if it was to criticize the faith, God, the church, the bible, it didn't make me uncomfortable anymore because I didn't believe, but after a few years, this evolved. I no longer care if there's a god or not, honestly, if there is and he's exactly like the bible describes him to be (doubtful) I would probably end up going to hell to burn for all eternity. That said I just don't see myself kissing God's ass to be right by him. If God knows how I am, who I am, why would he expect me to be any different? Why would he want me to lie to him? If I said to God "I love you, I worship you" these would be lies, because I don't love him and don't worship him one bit, I am quite upset with how things are in the world, and I know that it's human effort alone that has made things better, and at times religion has made things more difficult along the way. I'm just saying, living under a lie, that I have to be ok with everything God asks of me in the bible, to live a life that is according to him good and give up on everything that I like in order to please him is no life at all. I agree if you leave things that harm you and harm others around you, but what harm does it give me to listen to a favorite song or have a friend who believes in another god or no gods at all? I am free to think and act according to my own sense of morality and don't have to answer to him anymore. I'm not here to promote my way of thinking but, I see a lot of topics about God here and I wanted to express what I thought. I think the Bible is a great literature of the past to contemplate on old cultures and customs, but other than that it's an outdated book on morality, outdated on science, inaccurate on history and quite horrid. I am glad I don't follow this religion any more, or any other as a matter of fact. I don't hurt others, I don't hurt myself, and by my own will I go through life, I have the love and support of friends, family. Life is not perfect, but that's ok. I am happy, and whatever you believe in, I hope it makes you happy too.