This super christian guy at my job asked once if I was Christian. I told him no, atheist. He seemed shocked. He said, "You? You seem to be such a nice person." He said, "It scares me that if you don't believe in God and heaven and hell, what's to stop you from just killing people?" I'm like, "It scares me, that apparently the only thing stopping you from killing is believing in heaven and hell."
I was on break from work and was approached by a guy. He asked me if I was a Satanist. I asked him why he was asking, and he told me that he was curious because I was wearing black nail polish (it was the day after Halloween). I kindly replied that I didn't talk religion with strangers, he came back with I should want to shout it from the rooftops. I again told him I wasn't discussing religion with him. He then told me that was what his ex-girlfriend would tell him.
That was when I said that was probably one of the reasons why she was now his ex. He left after that.
Ken, a 66-year-old psychologist from Portland, Oregon. His first message to me:
"I really like your playful, creative, giving being. You're more "spiritual" than most religious people. I'm curious how an "atheist" can live that way."
My response after Skyping with him:
Yesterday a man I used to date, Rich, dropped by as I was kneading four loaves of bread. With a master degree, Rich is highly intelligent and an atheist. Unlike you, Rich immediately saw the insult in your message.
I told Rich you could not understand how I can have loving kindness without attending church and believing in a god. "I get asked that by Christians all the time," Rich replied.
Treating people with kindness and respect is a series of daily choices. I don't need a book or fear of an invisible deity to teach me to behave. At age four, I realized when I am nice to people, they are nice in return.
I would never corner Christians and demand that they explain themselves. Yet you and your compatriots think this is acceptable behavior.
Christians who don't know me often demand, as you did, that I explain:
You may think your questions were unique. They were not. Rich and I both find being grilled by Christians rude and tiresome.
39 years ago I thought I was gonna get burned at the stake for being a witch when a supervisor ask me if I believed in god. That somehow my wonderful work performance was related to my personal religious belief. Because the offset camera never malfunctioned and I always met deadline. The shop steward actually complained to the union rep I was making my co-workers look back and I should not work so hard. Right, I made a pact with the devil - hahahahahahaha. Oh the old old days. Now I just have them (believers) preying (NOT a typo) for my soul .
I have shared this story before, but it illustrates the same point. I was pagan at the time, but a Christian in a chat room said that he "wished" he could be pagan or an atheist so that he could do "anything" he wanted. He would not say what he wanted do to, but if religion is all that is holding him back from killing and raping, then he needs religion.
I have been told that I was too "nice" to be pagan and now, too "nice and kind" to be an atheist. These people tell me that someday, I will come back to god because I am "nice."
I wonder what kinds of madness would be unleashed if the world was somehow stripped of all it's sky daddys. Apparently many people are an imaginary friend away from murder. (Thick irony there considering all the murder that has and will happen BECAUSE of imaginary friends.)
I was once told that I can't possibly be a good person because anything good I did was motivated by my own self, not god, and therefore selfish. That seemed backwards to me of course -- having natural inclinations to do good is bad and doing it because you were told to is good?
Love the witty comeback!
The assumption that atheism and morality are incompatible, or that religion is somehow required to maintain order is just wrong.
How often do we see criminals who will say to others and themselves that their killing was divinely mandated?
An ex of mine who was a devout evangelical Christian told me that no matter what 'good' a person does in their life, without taking Jesus into their heart, they and all their acts are evil and will go to hell. Same applies to Jews, Muslims and Catholics.
She was well horny though... ah, depressing times.
So I asked her what about all those who could never have heard of Jesus - like Adam & Eve or ancient Egyptians - answer all gone to hell. Such a bright girl, yet so dumb.
I know absolutely nothing about the bible but iIm sure someone can pull up contradictions you can serve him for lunch.
I have a major issue with date sites and men saying they are god-fearing. That's a little scary, what if they didn't have the bejesus sucked out of them by being god fearing?....what possibilities would occur?
Happen all time here in Kentucky, everyone tell me they serve God by going to church. Like many conservative Christians, Bishop Edir Macedo argues that daughters should remain uneducated and skip college so that they’re not smarter than their future husbands.