Why is a person non religious

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)

resulting from

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.

About makagutu

As Onyango Makagutu I am Kenyan, as far as I am a man, I am a citizen of the world

55 thoughts on “Why is a person non religious

  1. I don’t recall ever believing, even though I tried, as I wanted to fit in.

    What I was being told never matched up with what I was seeing, & with my questioning, I got told I asked too many…..which drove me to reading everything I could get my hands on the minute I learned to read.

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  2. This Christian is rationalizing about the reasons why people are leaving religion and the growing number who’ve never been religious. It sounds like they are worried about declining membership and are second-guessing themselves. What use is a fan club without fans? – lol!

    Love the W. K Clifford quote.

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  3. ladysighs says:

    You have probably seen a BASIC HUMAN NEEDS pyramid. The layer needs from bottom to top:
    1. Survival Needs
    2. Safety Needs
    3. Social Needs
    4. Esteem Needs
    5. Self-Actualization Needs

    Strange there is no mention of a God Need.

    Someone with wit and wisdom added a layer at the very very bottom: INTERNET. 🙂

    Now you may think that Internet would be covered within Social Needs. Actually the Internet is about the most antisocial place you can find. 😦 (not your blog, of course!)

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  4. Arkenaten says:

    They are unable to see the effects of their own indoctrination as they always advance their reasons from a presuppositional stance. Namely, their ”God” exists.


  5. kiabooks says:

    Yup. I read the post too. Even attempted to engage with him.


  6. I need to speak to this “Christian” to explain to him how deeply wrong his belief in his false god is. As a devout Muslim, I see it as my duty to put Christians like this fellow on to the path of reality by converting them to the one, true religion: Islam. We Muslims do this with patience, love and kindness and by showing these poor, misguided, possibly horribly abused Christians Allah’s light shining in our hearts and in our lives. It saddens me when a Christian like this, a non-believing heathen, really, has the gall to think his false faith and his misguided duty to it, is a good thing. There is but one God: Allah, and but one path to Him: Islam. Until the Christian learns this, he will forever be damned to a hell of deep and eternal flame. This fella needs to wake up before his misguided “faith” causes him eternal damnation. $Allahu Akbar$

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  7. Missio Opus says:

    Great post, I love the feedback and the discussion. If you enjoyed that article, then you’re really gonna love this one! http://www.missioopus.com/how-the-intellectual-atheist-sees-the-world


  8. Nan says:

    YEARS ago, when I was servin’ the lawd, the line about letting others “see Christ in me” was quite popular as a method for bringing others into the fold.

    What a bunch of bunk! I’m supposed to watch you go to church on Sundays??!? Because truth be told, this is generally the ONLY outward sign that a person is a “Christian.”

    Christians have a whole book full of “persuasive” tactics (right Kia?) to draw in the unbeliever. And they’re convinced by church leaders that if they use them faithfully, “the world” will be saved.

    Still waiting.


  9. john zande says:

    I’m guessing he’s an American. They (the theists) really seem to have enormous trouble understanding non-belief.


  10. basenjibrian says:

    I did believe. Not very strongly, probably. And I was too lazy to memorize the Bible and all that witnessing and stuff.

    I lost my belief because of the foundational horrors of the doctrine. No specific event or anything. Plus, I just want to waste time watching internet pron!



  11. basenjibrian says:

    I liked your original confession, Mak! Have to admit I had not delved back that far on the blog archives!


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