Minneapolis, MNUSA 55454
February 5, 2010
No introduction yet
Welcome to the new group Colder! You're welcome to come to a gathering and see how it fits. Hard-core Christianity that hits a person in their teens doesn't necessarily disappear from the psyche once you gain the right to vote. I'm glad you found your way here!
I suffer from depression as well, and it bothers me that those who are suicidal (as if they aren't already in 'hell') are made to feel worse by these statements.The other thing I get a lot as a depressed atheist is family members telling me all would be right in my world if I just believed in God...as if it were that easy. A little thing called critical thinking keeps getting in the way....
Forgive me, I'm not vey familiar with this site. Not sure if I'm responding in the right place. I agree with Jack. The "Christer" (good term, I'm gonna us that one later) is not respecting your beliefs. Did the moderator seem to think that his/her comment was OK, but yours was not? I disagree. I was also involved in a depression support group years ago and found it realy sad the way the guilt of faith impacted people. That had a lot to do with my decision that Atheism was the reasonable choice.
I am also in a therapy group and what has become very apparent to me is how religious guilt has caused so much pain in many of the groups lives. It really makes me sad to see the hold that the church has on these people. I have made it clear to the group that I am an atheist and on more than one occasion I have spoken up on how I feel. The whole idea of a group is for members to help each other. Hopefully you can give them something to think about. The facilitator should support you.
This christer with visions of hell surely is NOT respecting your belief, and the therapist is supposed to be leading the group, not encouraging everyone to scare one another straight. I was in a group for depression for people with chronic pain. When a christer brought up prayer , the therapist said we were searching for real-world solutions, not religious beliefs. No more discussion of religion took place. You may need to discuss your your rights concerning religious belief. Good Luck.
My father is extremely depressed, has been for over 20 years, and adamantly believes that if he kills himself, he is doomed to repeat this life again until he gets it right. I have told him that is crazy as well, but nobody ever likes to hear you say that for some reason. It's just sad not matter how you look at it.
If I were in your place I would have done the same thing. Voicing your opinion, especially because you were just trying to help, is certainly not disrespecting someone else's faith. I've never been to a depression support group though so I don't know what the rules are. I would try to follow the rules to show you respect the moderator, but at the same time at least now this person knows they can go to you for support. We shouldn't be afraid to voice our opinions just because they are unpopular.
Welcome to the group! Let me know if you hear of any good events for the group to go to.