Atheists are Not As Christians Describe
I’ve been reading Lazaroo’s “30 Day Challenge to Atheists” and I realize again the way atheists are commonly described in our modern society.
A few weeks ago, I wrote about an email from IVCF that got me quite upset, not because my fellow UChicago classmates are out and about proselytizing, but because they are doing it to save us from our perceived “brokenness and emptiness.”
Lazaroo’s challenge is filled with the exact same condescending nonsense:
You haven’t done the stuff till you’ve released your shrunken heart from its cold, cramped, dark, dank jail cell…
Also, what do clever atheists and hypocritical Christians have in common? They’re a product of the devil.
God doesn’t hate you for asking your questions. He’s not mad at you for being confused by the swarm of clever atheists and hypocritical Christians with which Satan has managed to surround you.
And the problem with atheists? Apparently, we don’t know anything about the Bible, or we just haven’t tried hard enough to believe. Not to worry though, Lazaroo’s 30 Day Challenge might offer the cure we atheists so desperately want.
Here’s how it works:
1. Click on the link at the top of this page and get Lazaroo every day for 30 days.
2. Read the Bible verse I send to you and pray the prayer.
Trying to demonstrate to a person that a particular religion is true using the method above is equivalent to: [It would be too condescending for me to continue, so please fill in the blank for me.].
Give me a break. When will people realize that atheists are atheists because they simply don’t believe in God? They aren’t broken or hurt or depressed. They weren’t abused, and nothing traumatic happened. Many of them are perfectly happy people, living a life full of meaning and love.
We’re not evil people. Satan does not whisper in our ears. In fact, we beat our religious counterparts according to pretty much every meaningful social measurement (like divorce rates and crime rates).
Also, atheists on average know and understand a lot more about religion than you think. You are pretty much guaranteed to find an ex-religious person in any secular circle. I’ve met many of these people (from many different religions), and I know they’ve spent much of their life as a true believer. These people know their religion very well and believed in it wholeheartedly; many grew up with the full intention of being a preacher, attended theology schools, wanted absolutely to devote their entire lives to God, and still turned out to be nonbelievers.
So stop it with these silly challenges and attempts to save atheists from their despair. Nobody is despairing except religious people who can’t stand the idea that there are happy, normal, and reasonable people who happen to reject their particular set of beliefs.