One thing that never ceases to amaze me is when Christians claim that believing in no God means that you worship Satan. Here is where their logic comes from: 2 Thessalonians 2:9 “The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with how Satan works. He will use all sorts of displays of power through signs and wonders that serve the lie…”. This might not be the best scripture to use in this example, but it at least paints a picture. Christians believe that if you do not believe in the Bible, that Satan is blinding you from the truth. This logic is simply stupid, in my opinion. It just allows Christians to “reassure” themselves that their belief is valid and true.
There is a difference between being an Atheist and being a Satanist, a huge difference. Atheists do not believe in an all powerful god, and Satan would be considered a god. By worshiping Satan, you would almost have to believe in a god because what else would you be worshiping? This is just something that really irritates me when being ‘judged’ by Christians.
I’ve kept in contact with a good number of my Christian friends. They all question why I have turned away from the Christian faith. Because I do not want to offend, I simply say, I just cannot have faith in something that I don’t truly believe. It’s like lying to yourself that you believe something. I would much rather be true to myself than to claim to believe something that in my heart, I don’t truly believe.
Have you ever been told something numerous times, so many times that eventually you began to believe it? That’s similar to how Christianity works. Most Christians today, were born into a Christian family and the only reason they believe, is because it is all that they have been told. After so long, it becomes next to impossible to believe anything other than what you have been taught. Similar to the Iraqi children who are taught and trained how to fight. After a while, that is all they will know what to do. It’s psychological abuse to children. This is the reason older Christians are so defensive of their beliefs. If you notice, most of the younger Christians almost read from a script when asked about their beliefs. Quite honestly, even the older Christians are the same way. It’s the same thing over and over again that I hear. It’s things like: “Without Jesus, you are nothing”, “Jesus forgives you of all your sins, all you have to do is ask for his forgiveness”.
Whenever you challenge a Christian with scientific contradictions in the bible, they generally make hilarious comments. One of the most amusing examples of this is when I was 15 years old, sitting in youth group challenging the evidence of dinosaur fossils. The response from the youth pastor was: “…God probably put those fossils there to test our faith”. This was the most ridiculous thing I had ever heard. I laughed so hard. Back then, I was still in the stage of figuring out what I believed, and even then I was amused by the stupidity that they call logic.
Exaggeration and false claims of conversion. All Christians do it. I remember being excited to go on my very first mission trip because I was told it was a life changing experience. The specific group I was going with had so many stories of people crying and thirsting for the love of Christ. At the time, this excited me. I thought I was going to see God at work. Well, come to find out, it was all exaggerations. One example that stands out in my mind is during a program at a Taiwanese school in a poor part of town. The program would be all about the heavenly father never letting you down and how much he loves you. Keep in mind, these children were mostly in broken homes, had abusive parents, and were extremely poor. At the end of the program, we would ask the children if they would like to have that kind of love. Almost all the kids raised their hands. At that instant, the leader of the group and my fellow travelers would pray and thank God for this miracle. But did it dawn on them, that of course they’d like that kind of love…anyone would who was in their situation. Because they were public schools, were were not allowed to make mention of God. So for one, how would they know that they became Christians. They barely knew what was going on.
During my journey’s in Ireland, during a street ministry in Dublin I was approached by a teenager, almost the same age of me at the time. He asked if I truly believed in what I was preaching. I looked him in the eyes, and said, “you know what? I’m still figuring out what I believe.” He looked back at me and informed me of his mother dying in the hospital from cancer, he was going to have to go to an orphanage. He almost was in tears saying “why would god do this to me?”. We exchanged email addresses, and we are still in contact to this day. Want to know the miracle of all this? His mother is still alive and 100% cancer free. I never prayed for her, I never asked God to heal her. I never even told my group about the conversation until later. After telling them what happened years later, they claimed that it was my prayers that saved her…interesting. I informed them that I did not pray for her. Their next argument was that God helped that family. Ok, fair enough, but what about the millions of other families that aren’t as lucky? This logic makes no sense!!!!
Now I come to my final point. Death. Christians use an afterlife to make death easier to experience. The constant relief that if they were to die, that they would be in paradise. To me, I don’t fear death. Not because of an afterlife, more so because I know that everyone must go through it eventually. The human mind cannot comprehend not existing, or being no more. Just take a moment and think about it. What would it be like to not exist? Hard to think about right? That is why I believe most people believe in an afterlife. It must comfort them or provide some hope. Christianity promises life after death in paradise. How are we suppose to know this is true, until we die and its too late? I guess my point of all of this is to show how my past as a Christian compares to my present as an Atheist. I’ve been through it all. Maybe you can understand a little bit more of how Christians truly think.