Well, the simple answer is they no longer believe the claims of religion are valid but not according to this Christian. He tells us the reasons for non belief can be summarized as
- the experiences he or she has had with Christianity insulted their intelligence
- the experiences they had with Christianity were negative, or even traumatic
- or, they simply feel they don’t have a need for God in their life.
but forgets or is unaware Christianity is not the only religion. One could be a Jew, a Muslim, a believer in voodoo, heck! There are many religions to believe in other than Christianity. But most importantly, the gods of Christianity don’t exist.
Joseph, he who is all knowing, tells us
Somewhere along their journey in life, they were negatively influenced to the point of openly rejecting God.
and here, I thought if someone were to influence you away from religion, they would have done you a good. I can only say Joseph has not heard of W. K Clifford who said “it is wrong everywhere, always and for anyone to believe anything upon insufficient evidence“(extreme, I think, but you get my drift). (This paper (pdf) is a good critique of the Clifford Principle)
But the christian knows the reason you are an atheist is
a traumatic event
your priest molested you and this led you to call it quits on religion or your cat died and you said no more religion for you.
Or maybe, you are the type of atheist who
doesn’t have any ‘need’ to know God (I don’t know why need is in scare quotes)
monetary wealth, an abundance of secular education, and/or a self-professed “understanding” of Christianity in general.
What is the christian to do when faced with any of the above scenarios?
- First and foremost, you must approach this type of person with humility in your own heart. Talking down to them, or challenging them in any way, will only bring conflict and contention.
- Second, you must allow them to see how Christ is working in your own life.
- And three, we must be patient and know that their on God’s time, not ours.
The christian, even after doing the above, maybe faced with the challenge of trying to teach one who wont listen. What is one to do?
Honestly, there isn’t much you can say that will get them to listen to you. But, what we can do is show them the light of Christ in our hearts by how we live our lives. It is this Godly happiness, that can only be found in one who has been saved by grace. When things get tough, they may look to you for guidance on how to be happy again.
What however got me laughing is the comment below this post. The author wrote
You’re off to a roaring start on the blog. Hope you are well and that you gather all the followers you can attract.
And it seems to me the bar is so low in christian circles if this is an example of a roaring start. Or maybe roaring has new meaning.