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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Lately, I have felt lost at what God wants for my life. Ever since I've come back to UWG everything has been horrible. It seems that I can't catch a break. I'm trying my best to focus on school, work, and extracurricular activities. But it's hard when I'm having issues with my apartment/roommates and knowing my family back home is struggling and needs many prayers. All, I keep thinking is maybe Carrollton isn't where I belong anymore. I've asked God if He can guide me in the right direction. Below, I have found Bible verses that have helped get me through these rough, past couple of weeks.

1. Isaiah 43:2

"When you go through deep waters, I will be with you."

2. Psalm 37:5

"Commit your way to the Lord. Trust in Him, and He will act."

3. Romans 8:18

"The pain that you've been feeling, can't compare to the joy that's coming."

4. Proverbs 31:25

"She is clothed in strength, and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future."

5. Joshua 1:9

"Be bold. Be brave. Be courageous."

6. Ecclesiastes 3:1

"There is a time for everything and a reason for every activity under the heavens."

7. Isaiah 41:10

"Don't be afraid, for I am with you. Don't be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand."

8. Isaiah 66:9

"I will not cause pain without allowing something new to be born, says the Lord."

9. Psalm 91:4

"He will cover you with His feathers, and under His wings, you will find refuge; His faithfulness will be your shield and rampart."

10. Psalm 62:1-2

"My soul finds rest in God alone, my salvation comes from Him, He alone is my rock and my salvation."

11. Philippians 4:13

"I can do everything through Christ who gives me strength."

12. Jeremiah 29:11

"For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

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It's true, we fit comfortably in airplane seats, but it's not all fun and games. Here are five common problems only the short gals get and understand.

1. Long pants and dresses never fit.

We've all just accepted that our jeans are permanently cuffed. Maxi dresses? Forget it.

2. The supermarket is now a labyrinth.

When the aisles are taller than you, one wrong turn can separate you from your party. Be safe in that wilderness, fellow vertically challenged folk.

3. The top shelf is unattainable.

Anything above two shelves up might as well not exist, unless you're a counter-climbing expert.

4. People feel the need to torment you.

Picking you up without asking, holding things above your head, using your head as an arm rest. We're people too, you know.

5. Concerts.

Concerts, movies, and any number of public events can be ruined in an instant when one of you taller people decides to exist in front of us. This can only be remedied if we come equipped with a tall person of our own who is willing to rent out their shoulders.

6. We're always mistaken for younger than we are.

I know, it's kind of an obnoxious thing to complain about, and I am often flattered when people comment on how young I look. However, it becomes an issue when you're constantly being carded. We're not taken as seriously as our older-looking counterparts.

It's also frustrating to put time and effort into looking like an adult, feeling all confident, and then to have that energy deflated when people think I'm selling Girl Scout cookies.

7. The world was simply not made for us.

I swear fellow gym-goers, I'm strong. This equipment just isn't proportional. Your average chair doesn't allow for our feet to touch the ground, resulting in some interesting sitting positions. Don't even get me started on driving. Bicycles are difficult to mount.

The list goes on, but you get the picture.

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