At some point in most people’s lives, they reach a point where they begin to doubt God’s existence or other deities. Even the most devoutly religious individuals often admit that they have times when they don’t fully believe in their religion or a God’s existence at all. Some are convinced by science; others feel as if their deity failed them. If you think that you’re experiencing similar thoughts, you may wonder how to become an agnostic.
An agnostic is somebody who believes that there is not enough evidence to prove that there’s a god. To “become” an agnostic, all you need to do is shift your beliefs and open your mind to other possibilities. You don’t necessarily need to join a group or start speaking out against religion; you simply need to admit that you don’t know whether or not God exists.
If you’re struggling with your belief in God(s), spirituality, or religion, I’d like to help you work through your thoughts so that you can better understand your own beliefs and become a practicing agnostic. Whether you’re already convinced or still on the fence, I want to show you how to start this change in your mindstate and beliefs.
How To Become Agnostic Step-By-Step
One of the top reasons why more people are becoming agnostic is the rise in humanism. This concept simply states that humans should be more concerned about our species and civilization than we should be concerned about spiritual matters. The basic idea is, “Why go to church every Sunday and then walk past the homeless beggar on the streets?”
Another reason why more individuals are identifying as agnostic is thanks to science. Since scientific theories are rapidly advancing, many of the things that were once attributed to God(s) are now understood by scientific laws and theories. For example, we now understand that a birth defect is due to chromosomal defects within DNA, not a “curse from God.”
Other people simply start to realize that many of the religious or “godly” people in their lives are, in fact, hypocrites. Many of the same individuals who claim to be compassionate and caring are ruthless and cruel in their personal lives.
No matter what your personal reasons for becoming an agnostic are, though, I’m going to show you how to become an agnostic step-by-step. Keep in mind that this is merely my perspective. “Becoming” an agnostic isn’t like joining a religion or a club. It’s simply acknowledging that you don’t believe in a deity yet and that you likely won’t believe in God until you see hard evidence proving otherwise.
Step 1: Open Your Mind
The first step to becoming an agnostic is to open your mind. If you’re still set in your old thought pattern, habits, and beliefs, then you’re going to find it very challenging to begin thinking about something new. That means it’s important to learn how to be accepting and open to new ways of thinking.
Many people jump into atheism or agnosticism out of anger. Their anger may be caused by their church, religion, or a specific individual who was rude or disrespectful. This is not the way to start your journey, as any action taken in anger tends to lack logic and true thoughtfulness. Calm your mind, understand that everybody is entitled to their own views, and be accepting.
Step 2: Do Your Research
The second step is to do your research. Read some articles, philosophy, and participate in metaphysical discussions about the existence of God. Voice your opinion and ask for others’ thoughts.
If you’re going to become an agnostic, you should understand why you believe the things you believe. Otherwise, you’ll often find yourself confused and doubting your own beliefs. However, if you start your journey with a solid foundation of research, scientific knowledge, and philosophical understanding, being an agnostic will come easier.
Step 3: Meditate, Write and Think
The best way to open your mind is through focused, thoughtful meditation. Sit down in a quiet space with no distractions and a calm mind. Spend a few minutes breathing deep and really thinking about your beliefs. Try to be as objective as possible and avoid emotional reactions.
As the thoughts and ideas start to flow, write them down. Ask yourself questions such as:
- Why did I believe in God(s) or my previous religion?
- Why do I no longer believe in the existence of a deity?
- What evidence would it take to convince me that a God exists?
- Who first inspired me to change the way I think about God?
- Am I agnostic because of my beliefs, or am I just angry at religion?
- … and more!
As you begin to work through these questions, you’ll find purpose and meaning in your new agnostic belief.
Step 4: Decide What You Believe
Once you get your thoughts on paper, spend some more time thinking. Spend time outlining exactly what you do (or don’t) believe on paper. For example, some people are agnostic Christians. They may still go to church or practice their religion but may lack complete faith that God exists. Others may be agnostic atheists who refuse to believe in God unless they find evidence.
Remember, your ideas can change every day as you progress in your spiritual (or anti-spiritual) journey. Just because you believe today doesn’t mean you’ll think the same way tomorrow. That’s why it’s so important to keep a journal. That way, you can view the progress of your thoughts over time.
Step 5: Be Honest With Others
The last step is to just be honest with people! Many agnostics hide their beliefs out of fear of judgment. This often leads to repressed emotions and can cause a lot of self-doubts. By being open with others, finding a support group that shares your beliefs, and letting others know what you think, you’ll be a lot more comfortable with your beliefs.
Can I Still Be Spiritual As An Agnostic?
Yes! Just because you don’t believe in the existence of a deity doesn’t mean that you can’t appreciate the energy that flows through and around us every day. Many agnostics still pray, meditate and practice other forms of spirituality. However, they may ditch some of the limiting beliefs about religion and God that may have held them back in the past.