So I had a conversation with my theist aunt about religion gasp. Shocker right? Anyway, she had long speech about feelings and what she feels (undeniable evidence I know sarc). First my aunt said that she thought it was wonderful that my sisters new boyfriend was a churchgoing christian, because christian=good person in her eyes. So naturally I giggled and rolled my eyes at that comment. As if that really has any impact on character of the dude, I would argue it makes someone more likely to be a self-righteous asshole (not that they all are).
“You’re an atheist—you don’t believe in anything, why are you laughing?”
“Because being a christian doesn’t make a person good. The vast majority of the prison population are christians, it didn’t seem to help them did it? I’m not saying their christianity got them there, I’m saying it didn’t appear to make them good. Being a good person makes you a good person, regardless of religion. The only thing required to be an atheist is not believing in a deity. I believe in compassion, love, and empathy. You don’t need to believe in a deity to believe these things.”
So now she changes the subject a bit. My aunt loves Joel Osteen so she talked about the euphoric experiences she had while in a mega church with a bunch of people who believe the same crap. So I tell her that he's a millionaire charlatan that fleeces the gullible masses, how he has a massive mansion and I then mentioned Mark 10:25 which states "It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God." So here she goes again on these "feelings" to which I tell her that there isn't anything special about it—the brain feeling euphoria. I felt it myself when I was around people that agree with me (like when I was still a Christian) or while doing something I love, it is just the brain, nothing special or unexplainable. Of course she starts special pleading for her experience of it happening, so I just stopped there--not worth the time or effort.
I try not spending too much time with much of my family. It's not good for my mental health lol. Sometimes I just can't stand it, the nonsense, the inconsistencies, and the hypocrisy. I tend to tell them if they don't want to be called out on their bullshit then don't bring it up. If they say something dumb expect a response. I think I'm too honest to just sit there when someone says stuff like that.