13 Comments And Questions Every Atheist Can't Believe They Still Hear In 2018

13 Comments And Questions Every Atheist Can't Believe They Still Hear In 2018

Because y'all need to stop.

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While atheism is a growing religion (or lack thereof) with more and more people associating with it, there has also been a growing backlash. The media often makes it out to be that atheists are out screaming in the streets about their beliefs and trying to force it down everyone's throats. Honestly, I feel it's kind of the opposite.

I've had religion pressed on me by my family, peers, school, and society for as long as I can remember. Not only has this idea been pressed on me, but I've also been threatened with condemnation to hell for my lack of beliefs. Regardless of your religious views, here are a few things that your fellow atheist acquaintances will be very grateful to stop hearing:

1. "You know that you're like...going to hell...right?"

I don't have the best long-term memory, but I still have this encounter in the back of my mind from the choir class I took my freshman year of high school. It probably wouldn't have been so traumatic if it wasn't said in front of a group of people, and I was left not knowing what to say. The thing is, though, and hear me out here, that I don't believe in hell. So, I'm sorry that you think I'm going to rot for eternity, but I'd have to kindly disagree.

2. "So...do you have morals?"

There is this idea that if someone doesn't have some religious background, then they have no morals. My question to people who say this is, is the only reason you do good things because of your belief in an overseeing God? Is life to you like a scoring game to get into Heaven? Because when I do good things, I either want to make a specific person feel good or help a group of people, not just for the sake of getting brownie points with the man above.

3. "Why do you hate God/religious people?"

I can't speak for every atheist because we're a pretty wide and diverse group of people. But I can speak for myself and say that I, in no way, hate God. I simply don't believe in God. And no, I don't hate religious people. While I may not agree with them, they are free to believe in what they want just like I am.

4. "Come to my church."

While I'm sure that your religious community is amazing, I'll have to pass. I've been asked this by a few different people who wanted to convert me to their religion. And I get it, if your religion is really important then I understand why you want to help others see the way you do. But please, if I say no once, just leave it at that.

5. "Have you read the Bible?"

This is usually said as a form of lowering someone's choice of why they're not religious. If they say they haven't read the holy text, then it just means that they aren't educated on religion. Therefore, their religious choice is irrelevant. You don't have to be able to recite the Bible to choose not to follow it.

6. "It's just a phase/you'll see the light soon."

Umm...nope. Sorry, I think I'll be here forever.

7. "I'll pray for you."

I see that you mean well, and I do appreciate it. But if you're saying this just because I'm an atheist…please, just don't.

8. "There's no proof that God doesn't exist."

And there's no real proof that he does...moving on.

9. "I've experienced God personally."

It's not that I'm trying to call you a liar here, but...maybe it was just a coincidence?

10. "So who do you think created the universe?"

Again, I can't speak for all atheists, but the Big Bang Theory tends to be pretty popular.

11. "So you're a Satanist?"

No, I don't believe in Satan, either. Sorry.

12. "Are you going to force atheism on your kids?"

Well, no. If I choose to have kids, I want them to be free to choose whatever religion they fancy. But just like you probably will bring your kids to church every Sunday, I will not. It doesn't mean I want to force atheism onto them; I just don't want them growing up in a particular church.

13. "Join us in prayer."

So...you want me to stand there awkwardly while everyone else joins hands and speaks to someone I don't believe in? Nah.

Overall, atheists are not evil people doomed to spend eternity in hellfire. We're just out here trying to live our lives like you are trying to live yours.

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God's Letter To The Struggling College Christian

Don't give up on me because I haven't given up on you
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Dear Struggling College Christian,

Life can be tough, especially in college; you’re at that age where you’re not exactly an adult but also no longer a child. You’re somewhere in between, possessing just enough freedom to do what you want while still being held responsible for the decisions you make about your future. You're always stressed out. You’re going to get hurt, you’re going to feel like dropping out or changing your mind, and you’re even going to want to turn your back on me, your God, but I want to tell you this: your suffering is not in vain.

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I want you to know that everything you are going through is a lesson. It’s all building you into a better person, a better you. The things you’ve asked of me, the things you’ve told me you wanted – those are things you have to be prepared for and you still need a bit of tweaking. The future, though bright, isn’t all sunshine and roses. The path has twists and turns, cracks are in it, fallen logs in your way, and most of the time you’re not going to be able to see straight ahead of you. The weather is going to be unpredictable. The hailstorm is going to knock you off your feet and the twisters are going to send you spinning into confusion, exhaustion and doubt, but with the strength that I am trying to build up in you, you'll find that you know exactly where to find shelter when the storms break down your door.

You’ll find that the lessons you learn from trying times are exactly what you need to fulfill my plans for you. You’ve read Jeremiah 29:11 and Romans 8:28, and heard them hundreds of times, but there is a verse in the Bible that you may have never paid attention to: Ephesians 2:10. It reads: “We are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” The most important part of this verse is one simple word: beforehand. So while you’re crying and stressing about what job you’re going to land after you graduate, if you’re going to marry that person you’ve been with for years, or if you even want to be majoring in what you’re currently majoring in, I already have a plan laid out specifically for you. You are my child, my creation and you have a purpose.

However, while knowing these things is great, it is all pointless if you don’t do. So here’s what I want you to do: do not give up. Have faith in me. You believe in me, so why not believe in me in your darkest moments? That’s the reason you became a Christian, right? Because I'm the one person you know that won't forsake you. You know that I love you, and you know that I’m here for you, so prove it. I know it can be hard when you’re pulled in a lot of different directions by your social life, your academic life and your extracurricular activities not to mention your family life and your own personal sanity, but take a few minutes out of your day, every day, to talk to me. Tell me your fears and your desires. Remember that you can ask me for and about anything. I'm always going to give you an answer, whether it's a yes, no, or not right now. After that, I want you to stop worrying and fight on through the darkness. You are stronger than you think.

My Child, enjoy yourself while you are young: don't stress over the things that you can't see. Don't give in to the depression, the anxiety, or the stress; things that are not of me. Don't let yourself forget about me or believe that I'm not there when I am and know that my plan is set in place for you. All you have to do is walk in it. Trust that this is all for your good. But most importantly, remember that I love you unconditionally–at your worst and your best. Life can be tough, but you are tougher simply because you are mine.

I’ve got you,

God

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