One of the things that bother me most about religious beliefs, especially Christianity is that it seems to me that it is like a form of slavery. It is to put it plainly a form of oppression. Even the terminology of Christendom confirms this. In some instances god is considered a father figure and his followers are all his little children, but in others he is considered the Lord and master and his followers are referred to as his servants.
I personally have a huge problem with authority figures and to this day I have stated that if I was in a communistic country I am pretty sure I would be dead right now for insurrection. I don't like the whole master slave relationship. I find it belittling when someone refers to themselves as the servants of the Lord. What is the purpose of worshiping god? You go through so much just so that you can have eternal life after this one is over? You literally waste and deprive yourself of some of the joys of this life in hopes of obtaining a better life in the great beyond?
There is nothing noble about belittling yourself throughout your entire life to please a non existent being. I am one of the few atheists who dares to state definitively that there is no god or gods. My research has led me to prove to my own satisfaction that theism is false and that gods are not real. I try to live my life to the fullest every day, and do my best to help out those in need. I teach my children values that are pertinent towards living a full and productive life.
One of the things I discovered after becoming an atheist was that I felt as if I was literally set free, born again, and released from oppression. I felt that by shedding my garments of superstition I was able to see life in a whole new light. I was now able to explore and enjoy many things that at one time were prohibited because of my religious beliefs. Some call these things sin but I call them living, sin is not even a real word or viable concept for me anymore. If anything it is a sin to repress your natural instincts and desires, and deprive yourself of enjoying everything that this life has to offer in the here and now.
I was no longer concerned about the afterlife, hell, judgment day etc. I now could redirect my life to those things that were fun and productive, I could enjoy any vice I desired without worrying about god approving or disapproving of my actions. I did not need the criticism or the consent of the church to do anything anymore. To be an atheist is to truly free your mind to think, analyze, and to grow in knowledge.
On a side note I almost forgot to tell you my followers and those that enjoy this blog that just yesterday I have started a new blog on hubpages.com where I get into details about my journey from die hard theism to atheism. Here is the link http://hubpages.com/hub/God-is-a-myth