I laugh and tell them to hold their breath. And I remind them that I believe in energy and kharma (as far as receiving what you put into the universe) so, even if they DO believe that, they willl receive their comeuppance far sooner than I will go to hell. LOL
I tend to giggle a bit, then when they look all offended I just stare them down. I'll also remind them that I don't believe in that fairy tale so it has no effect on me. **I will say I was reading and someone mentioned being offended by it, and I must say, if I really think about what they are saying, it's absolutely awful of them.
This is something that really does offend me. I take it personally and feel as if that person is personally attacking me. My urge to defend myself from those attacks are pretty strong, even when it's just words spoken by a person on the other side of the world. Remember, it's their intent. They intend harm against you in the most personal and painful way they can imagine. It just bothers me when people cast judgement like that.
I have to be thinking the person believing in what they do and saying, doesn't mean they know what they are thinking and saying has any Truth in it. I'm for the "Truth" and being "Objective" about it. If there is some kind of God that doesn't like my best Honesty in Objective Truth's that I search deeply in my Life. Then I've done the best I can do. I do not care to follow subjective other people's ideas and belief's just to please them.
A smile. Then I bend at the waist, put my hands on my knees, and while staring at the ground and doing the "no gesture" with my head, I make the tsk, tsk, tsk,tsk, tsk sound with tongue against the hard palate. I don't own the gesture, feel free to use it yourself.
I ignore them. In this day and age of space exploration, moonwalks and Dinosaur fossils, only a closed mind can still believe the bible (et al) is anything more than a collection of stories passed down from one generation to the next. Words and meaning were altered to suit the whim of the current interpreter, each time it was re-written.
Why do those on "death row" always, ALWAYS seek the comfort of a rabbi, priest, minister, etc., etc. ? I will NEVER seek the services of one of those "believers" because I will never end up on death row. Just goes to show how much religious people will believe, I think.