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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When God Says, “Not Right Now.”

“God give me faith to wait and not manipulate. To trust You fully, no matter how my circumstances may appear." — Lynn Cowell

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One of the most frustrating yet beautiful things is when God tells us “no" or “not right now."

At the time, you may have agony or desperation for this one thing to work out in your life, but it slips away from you. You may ask God why. Why does He want you to be unhappy? Why does He want to take away your dreams?

At the time, you cannot see how much God truly is working in your life, but He is. In my life, every time that I was disappointed that a plan or dream didn't work out, I was devastated. I didn't want to be in a position where I was challenged and tested. I wanted all the blessings to flow and to fulfill what I thought was my plan in life. But that's exactly what it was: my plan.

I did not see at the time that that is not what God intended for me and that He actually had far greater plans than I did for myself. He needed to mold me into who I am supposed to be today. Along the way I have met the most amazing people that have had a huge impact on my life, have gone through the most amazing experiences with God, and I wouldn't trade going through all the trials because it has truly made me into the woman I am today.

“What God does in us while we wait is as important as what we are waiting for." – John Ortberg

God is continually, endlessly, working in our lives.

We may not see it, but He is. We may blame God for all the things that are going wrong in our lives, but we never see that in the end, we were supposed to go through the low valleys to get to the high, amazing, and beautiful mountains in our lives.

I truly believe that it's when you're at the bottom of the darkest pit in your life that you can actually see the light of God shining brightly upon you. During these times, pray to Him to lead you to understanding that this is all a part of His plan for you.

It hurts God to see that His child is suffering, but in order to carve out just the person that you are supposed to be, you must go through challenges. Where you are today is no accident. God is using the challenge you are in to shape you and prepare you for the place He wants you tomorrow. When it comes to God's plan, timing is absolutely everything.

Looking back on all the events that I had to endure before getting to where I am now, I know that I had to go through the trials in order to be just who I am today, which is happier than I have ever been because I know God and His plan for me. Waiting is the most difficult job of hope, but you must remain faithful and know that God is guiding you.

“When I wait, you strengthen my heart." Psalm 27:14

When you are waiting for God's righteous plan, don't lose faith in His goodness. He only wants the best for you, and in the end, you will look back and see just how much He truly was working in your life. Be patient and the blessings will flow.

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10 Scenes From 'Friends' That Will Make You Smile

You can thank them later.

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I know this is pretty popular and a lot of these are pretty common, but there's nothing wrong with revisiting favorite scenes over and over again. I mean, if you watch the reruns and the episodes on Netflix you're doing it anyway, so here's the condensed version in no particular order. :)

1. Literally anytime Joey says "How you doin'?"

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Am I right ladies? 😉

2. Basically anytime Janice shows up unannounced

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I can't help but smile every time she shows up. And if you can't hear these words, something is wrong with you.

3. The Bing family reunion at Chandler and Monica's engagement party


This is honestly one of my favorite scenes. 😂

4. 'Baby Got Back'

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I'm not gonna lie, Rachel isn't my favorite character. She's so whiny and it annoyed me through the first half of the series. When she started having more of a backbone and stopped having the high pitched tone, I could tolerate her more. Rachel post-Emma's-birth is probably my favorite and this is by far my favorite scene. Of course she's alongside Ross' booty shaking, which helps.

5. When Phoebe gets married 

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Don't get me wrong, Phoebe is one of my favorite characters and she cracks me up all the time. But when she met Mike and her big day finally came, I felt so much joy and I cried during the "ceremony". I'm probably not the only one but when people reference Phoebe, it's usually not about her wedding.

6. The turkey head and the "I love you" slip

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I absolutely love Chandler and Monica together like everyone else. Aside from the comedic relief from their fight and Chandler's "I love you" slip, Joey's reaction afterwards had me laughing so hard that I couldn't breathe and was crying.

7. PIVOT

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I absolutely love Chandler with basically everything, but this.. as you can probably guess... *hysterical laughter*

8. 'Ebony and Ivory'

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​Aside from this tanning fail, there's the leather pants fiasco and the Unagi ridiculousness.. But this outweighs them all because I always make fun of girls that have terrible fake tans. Oh well🤷

9. The leather pants

I brought up the pants, so here's the scene 😁

10. And finally, when Monica burns everyone

100%. I laugh every. single. time. It will always be one of my favorites :)

Hope you smiled!

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