Born Again to Atheist: A Humanist's Path
January 19, 2011





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John123 : June 27, 2012 09:17 am
I am sorrowful about the Vietnam War and I am deeply moved by the inequality between the few haves and the many in poverty.
Samantha : July 02, 2011 02:38 pm
Ivy, please read what Margaret Murphy said below you.
Alex : June 13, 2011 06:10 pm
Regret dwells within every last thought I have for the day. I regret the things said in anger, I regret the moments I should have done something different, should have been stronger but wasn't. I pray that regret motivates me to be a better man. I regret that it hasn't motivated me to be more. I always think of St. Francis of Assisi and his meeting a leper. Finally searching within your heart and allowing God to shine through. I am looking for my leper. I tried to donate my time to a homeless shelter, but they have a background check, and I won't pass it (I told them, they said that I wouldn't, so its not just me saying that.) I pray this man is able to realize that he has nothing to regret in being gay. There is no shame in that. The shame is those who point to the Bible and misinterpret passages so they can feel morally superior. So my regret is that I can't do anything right now to help this man. I don't have enough knowledge to combat the bigotry he and the Muslim woman suffered through. My motivation is to keep learning, keep striving to gain more knowledge so when asked to step up I can.
Ivy : June 13, 2011 12:40 pm
I'm sorry but I have to say this, instead of putting "yourself back in the closet", you've put "God in the closet" which is absolutely wrong. I believe homosexuality is a temptation by the evil spirit, it directs you to confusion and destruction of your soul. You said so yourself, it's stated on the Bible, this way of life is wrong. Everything written on the Bible is about God's concern, love and care towards us/you. God is teaching us the true way of life. Go back to Him and give your service to Him, by doing what you're doing now - it's just servicing yourself.
Josie : June 09, 2011 04:23 pm
Regret always moves me in a positive direction, because it makes me want to do good things in the future. It makes me want to take full advantage of my life and opportunities. But I feel like guilt, something that is closely related to regret but at the same time very different, keeps me stuck in the past. My mind only thinks about a single mistake. Also the feeling of guilt isn't attached to any feeling of wanting to act or change. Instead I can feel stuck.
Margaret murphy : February 10, 2011 09:15 pm
Faith is I believe an individual thing.I am not a doctrine sort of person,but zI have a personal believe in an uncaused cause-some call this being God.I have never taken sides. My beliefs are my on and yours are yours. I don't argue or compare. Each person needs to find beliefs that suit them. What I believe to be most important is how I lead my life.
Kevin : February 01, 2011 02:15 pm
I have to wonder if these positive bridges of faith particularly between theists and non theists will result in more people deciding to go to one side, for example of theists see the positives of humanisms and more people will then decide to abandon their faith in God and become humanists, I'd like to hear what everyone else thinks.
John Powers : January 23, 2011 12:34 am
Some of my biggest regrets involve trying to be helpful to others beyond my capacity to be helpful. Ah, one example is sponsoring two Vietnamese refugees when I was still in college. I wasn't established enough to be of help, so they really had to get on their feet by themselves. More recently I look at some of my relationships with Africans I know and wonder what I'm doing. Regret motivated me in these cases. I am sorrowful about the Vietnam War and I am deeply moved by the inequality between the few haves and the many in poverty. My intentions have been good, but intentions are usually not enough. Still I believe the risk of reaching out to connect with others is good. The risks are humbling. A person has to be open to being moved and that means being willing to own our own steps and even missteps.
Margaret murphy : January 19, 2011 08:02 pm
I am 70 . It is only now, as I reach the end of my life I regret mistakes I have made in my spiritual life. I am a theist and I believe will always be. I believe that what others call god is really the force of love and creativity in the world. What I regret is not being more open both to conservative and atheistic ideas earlier.Iit really doesn't matter what you or I believe, what matters is your compassion and concern for others and your willingness to hear and accept others beliefs.This is what I am working on now
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