December 5, 2020

Reader Submission: My Visit to Prospect Church

Written by Autumn Lannen

On September 9, 2012, I went to Prospect Church in Heard County with my new family. Everyone had this “southern hospitality” about them.

Even though I kept to myself, I could feel the loving atmosphere that surrounded the church. I didn’t speak to many people. I just sat back and observed everyone around me. I didn’t want to miss anything.

At this particular morning’s service, Rev. Brandon L. Brooks preached about how to position yourself for a blessing. He said you have to be in the way, in the word, and in the will. Even though I don’t believe in God, I learned from this.

I learned that if you want to get through a rough patch in your life you have to know that you can make it through it. If you don’t think you’ll get through it, then there’s a good chance you won’t. You have to believe that you will get through it, and you will. At times it may seem like you are going backwards when you are actually going forward.

We are like light bulbs. There’s the bulb, gases, and in between there is a filament. The outside looks good, but on the inside there’s a lot going on. Someone may look OK on the outside, but you never know what’s truly going on inside.

When speaking with someone, you have to always be polite and respectful because you never know what that person is going through. If you want a friend you have to show yourself friendly. You have to see people for who they are.

Rev. Brooks said, “We live by faith not by sight.” This is why I don’t believe in God. I believe that “seeing is believing.” If I don’t see something for myself then I don’t believe it. To me, believing in God is like believing a rumor that’s going around school. Nine out of ten times the rumor is false, so there’s no reason to believe it; unless you have proof of it.

Someone once told me they believed in God because if there really is a God he’d rather believe and go to heaven than to not believe and go to hell. That’s one reason I think people believe in God. The other reason is that’s all people know. They were raised that way, so they don’t know any different.

There’s nothing wrong with that. It’s kind of like family legends that have been passed down from generation to generation. You believe because people have believed in it for many generations.

“You are here today by divine providence.” Indeed. Everything happens for a reason even though you may not know what that reason is at the moment. I was at Prospect Church that morning for a reason. I believe that reason was to learn that I’m not the only one that has problems. I’m not the only one that’s going through a lot right now.

There are many people that are going through their own situation. It may not be like mine, but we are all hurting inside. Going to church is a place that everyone comes together to let all their hurt and sorrow out. It brings everyone together.

I enjoy going to church, sometimes, because you learn so much about life. I listen to everything the preacher says except I just take the God part out of it. Church, just like therapy, gives me clarity. Sometimes being in such a caring environment is just what I need to build myself back up after I’ve been down for so long.

I enjoyed Sunday morning’s church service very much. After going through so many changes, church was exactly what I needed to lift my spirits. It may seem odd to some that an Atheist enjoys church, but the fact is that I enjoy it quite a lot. Some try to change my beliefs, but my beliefs aren’t going to change.

I’m stuck in my ways just like you are stuck in yours. I respect everyone’s beliefs. I love that everyone has different beliefs and opinions. That’s what makes this world so interesting.

Image courtesy of Prospect Church


  1. “Seeing is believing”- God has revealed himself through creation. Just as every building has a buider, this earth has a creator. Just because you may not have seen a buiding being built you cannot deny the fact that someone had to build it. I was not to here to see the earth created but I cannot deny that there was a creator. The most historically accurate book, The Bible, tells us that God created heaven and earth and I believe it. He sent Jesus Christ to pay for sins that I commit and He simply ask for me to believe that he died , was buried and rose again. When I did that I fell in love with a Savior that changed my life and I havnt been the same since. My salvation is not a fairy tale or some rumor but a relationship with a God that loves us regardless of our faults and wants all of mankind to come to Him. I pray that one day you may know His love.

  2. Sounds to me that you believe in GOD more than you will admit to yourself!!!

  3. Autumn, thank you for taking the time to write this article and share your experience. It was an engaging piece especially since the topic of religion touches many people in different ways and can sometimes become controversial.

    I didn’t feel like your point was to address religion itself, more so your visit to the church and how it made you feel and what you walked away with. You were able to take the experience and share it in an honest, respectful way and I applaud you.

    btw I love the light bulb reference and how you pointed out that everyone being so different makes this world so interesting. I agree.

  4. Trannon Goble says

    fedup, where did you get that idea? She made it pretty clear to me. Do you just create an illusion of Autumn and then apply your delusional thoughts to it/her? Sounds pretty clear that she is an atheist.

  5. Autumn Lannen says

    Thank you, Trannon. I just now saw this comment.

  6. crackerdave says

    God is love.That love is for everyone,not just a chosen few ,and that love is given to us through the Holy Spirit.”Faith comes by hearing,and hearing comes by the word of God.”
    I am living proof that there are many who will not come to God until they hit absolute rock bottom.

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