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1.The other evening I was approached by a pack of Mormon missionaries as I walked down the street during the dark hours of an early evening. Being approached by a group of three men emerging from the shadows might have been alarming to most, except that the gentlemen were wearing the exact same suits and the exact same sh#t-eating grins—almost like little caricatures or cartoons—it is impossible to fear something that makes me laugh. Nonetheless, on viewing their matching attire, I was certain to accept a far worse fate that evening.
2.In my days as a staunch atheist, I would’ve relished the opportunity to engage in debate with these fellows, and I would’ve openly and publicly and shamelessly trampled all over their beliefs, their gods, their book and their moralities with my proverbial boots, not taking any care to wipe my feet before doing so. I would have met their confrontation with an equal yet opposing force, pitting dogma versus dogma, opinion versus opinion, conviction versus conviction, packaged in a petty display of hypocrisy for everyone to see, kindling a fire rather than putting it out.
Everyone who goes on ahead and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God. Whoever abides in the teaching has both the Father and the Son. If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your house or give him any greeting, for whoever greets him takes part in his wicked works.
Let not the believers Take for friends or helpers Unbelievers rather than believers: if any do that, in nothing will there be help from Allah. except by way of precaution, that ye may Guard yourselves from them.
Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness?
4.I’ve grown to love nature and everything in it, and it is a natural and brute fact that people have been, are, and forever will be religious, meaning that they adhere to a strict set of social customs, principles, and metaphysical assumptions from which they base their conduct. It is the culture they are raised in. It is also a fact that people of all creeds, religions, cultures and communities are capable of both good and evil. I have religious friends and family that I would gladly give my life for, and I can only hope that many can say the same. Likewise, there are religious people that might rather show me harm, or at least a mild inconvenience. But then again, so too do non-religious people.
5.I am of the firm belief that actions speak louder than words. Because the missionaries have stopped me in my tracks by standing in my way, impeding my movement, being overly forward rather than gracious, I was observant of the respect they were willing to show towards my existence and freedom. By their actions, I can find out who they truly are. No discussion of God, morals, and promises of salvation would undo that action and prove me otherwise. As an atheist I would’ve called them on it, on their hypocrisy, and I would’ve argued with them, challenged them, and they might feel shame or embarrassment, and they might resent me for it. What for? In the process, I would’ve been arguing against what I myself was doing at that moment, and in a twist of irony, a hypocrite calling another a hypocrite. A case of words speaking louder than actions.
6.I was able to overcome this recent hurdle, not relapsing to my old ways, and in the process dispelled any stigma towards what I did or didn’t believe in. I didn’t draw a line in the sand. I didn’t try to fit myself into any label. I saw them as individuals before I saw them as Mormons. I greeted them as they greeted me, ourselves before our pre-conceived notions about each other.
reply to post by AfterInfinity
Do I look like someone who can read minds? I do not know why you call yourself an atheist, or why you might feel the need to defend atheism for that matter.
reply to post by Aphorism
I am AfterInfinity, and I am a staunch atheist with no interest in recovery. I have no god, believe in no god, and have no wish to acquire one. This is as far as the term ''atheist'' applies to me.
so you have faith that God doesnt exist
You cant prove there is no God or there is a God but by faith you say
How very religious of you
"Does your atheism control you?"
"Does your atheism control you?"
I think that is an extremely powerful question. I hope that some will read it and ponder it for a while.