I had to reply to this:
I think of stories about personal experience of what life is like when one is freed from the bondage of religion
from a senior poster.
I left atheism in my late 20’s after making the mistake of accepting a challenge to simply apply Christ’s teachings to my life. I did so thinking “no worries”. Fail. My life and the lives of those around me improved in a very measurable way.
I understand that some or many of you may have left a fundamentalist/literalist faith, but be very clear: There is no bondage unless YOU create it.
If the basis for your belief is that the application of those teachings improved your life, then that would validate many other religions outside of Christianity too. Now what?
And I could just as easily say that the lack of happiness/fulfillment that you had prior to becoming a Christian didn’t really exist. YOU created it. See what I just did there?