My family has known for 40+ years, but I'm not close to most of them, so I don't get any reactions from them about much of anything. My friends at work either know, or suspect, but they like me for my sense of humor, and respect my work ethic, so they'll pray for me, but not push my buttons.
Recently, a woman at work tried to passive-aggressively make an issue of it, by announcing in the break room that she saw the WORST bumper sticker EVER, and it said "Good Without God", then she looked right at me. The others in the room just said "hmm" and changed the topic, so she backed off.
I worked with mostly very churchy people. When one of my friends told me that she and I should go on a bus trip to a theater that does live religious plays . And she said there was no way you could watch those plays and not be a believer. I told her it was not my cup of tea. That they may be very interesting, beautiful plays, but I would have to look at them as I look at fairy tales. The disapproval in the air was so thick, you could cut it with a knife.
Many of us would be dead if christians and muslims had their druthers.
Hangings, stonings, burnings, you name it. We are not a popular bunch. Only technology, innovation, education and continuing to evolve as a species has given us a bit of safety, and now a way to communicate directly with each other. I suspect there are a lot more of us.
I got told I'd burn in the fires of hell...blah blah....for telling someone that "god's will" as an answer to childhood cancer was inherently evil.....to which I replied, see you want me to burn for challenging a stupid statement, the conversation didn't get better.
All of this happened after I said I couldn't believe just because of all the shitty things that happen to people that don't deserve it.
One woman told me she “feels sorry” for atheists, and without God she would have never gotten through her two bouts with cancer.
My aunt lectures me all the time. My mother says I think I’m so smart but I’m really stupid.
I haven’t told many other Christians because I can only imagine their reactions. I know some of my family members would never speak to me again.
I used to mess with people on the dock when I took breaks at my old job. Super weird crew, and after mentioning that I didn't really believe in "that stuff" after a classic lunchtime BS session, I got the side eye. Next time there was a thunderstorm I went full edgelord and reached my hands up into the heavens and said "strike me down if you're real you bitch!"
I'm not really that kind of guy but their reactions made it for me, and I used to do stuff like that just to mess with them. Turning their negative reactions into a funny situation (for me).