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22 Atheist Moments

Updated on September 10, 2014

1. That moment when a Christian who can stomach the Old Testament genocides and the New Testament hell mourns for your hardness of heart.

"The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully." -- Richard Dawkins

2. That moment when a Christian asks where you get your morality from as if it’s a trump card.

3. That moment when a Christian says you were never a true Christian, and when pressed explains that one of the criteria for being a true Christian is never becoming an atheist.

4. That moment when a Christian accuses you of being closed-minded, after proudly proclaiming that nothing will change their own mind.

Common Christian Meme Showing Pride in Being Closed Minded
Common Christian Meme Showing Pride in Being Closed Minded

5. That moment when you have a tough moment in life and a Christian who is currently better off tells you it’s because (unlike them) you’re “in rebellion.”

6. That moment when a Christian mocks you for thinking you’re too “smart” to believe in God instead of actually responding to your arguments.

7. That moment when a Christian responds to a strong, rational argument you made against God by saying they feel sorrow for your soul and will pray for you.

8. That moment when someone who thinks they are one of God’s Chosen Children and you are an unsaved sinner accuses you of arrogance.

9. That moment when you’re accused of being intellectually dishonest for not thinking that the answer to the beginning of the universe is “God did it. Because magic.”

10. That moment when you see a Christian on the news praising God for saving them and/or their loved ones while there are people in the backdrop whose tears are dripping onto the concrete rubble their loved ones died under.

11. That moment when a Christian says, “But you have to look at the context…” before using another verse to ignore a verse you referenced, or to just dismiss the Bible passage altogether.

12. That moment when a Christian says that he can say you’re a dirty, rotten sinner because that’s what he is, too...or would be, if God didn’t save him.

13. That moment when a Christian tells you that you just haven’t experienced the RIGHT Christianity.

14. That moment when there’s a prayer in a group and a Christian peeks to see whether your head is bowed.

15. That moment when a Christian insinuates that problems with government would be solved if we were living in a theocracy.

16. That moment when a Christian uses the prophetic books of the Bible as foreign policy manuals.

17. That moment when a Christian recommends Lee Strobel, CS Lewis, or Tim Keller to you.

18. That moment when a Christian asks you to prove that God doesn’t exist and, when you explain that you can’t disprove a negative, thinks they’ve won the argument.

*sigh*

19. That moment when a Christian says the whole argument is pointless for the "atheistic worldview" because thought is pointless in said worldview, because our brains have chemicals.

How does belief in God change anything?  Wouldn't God be an "accident," too?
How does belief in God change anything? Wouldn't God be an "accident," too?

“Isn't it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?” --Douglas Adams

20. That moment when a Christian says you must have become an atheist because you wanted to "sin" (according to the dictates of the Bible's horrendous moral code) and considers that a satisfactory rebuttal to your own explanation.

21. That moment when a Christian says that you shouldn't care about Christianity if you're really an atheist.

22. That moment when a Christian tells you that your life without God is empty and depressing, while not being too put out that their belief indicates that a large portion of the human population will spend eternity in hell.

Have additional moments? I'd love to hear about them! Please write them in the comments, if you don't mind.

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      Russ Inserra 3 years ago from Indianapolis, In

      I notice that that your atheist moments all seem to mention a Christian. Are you an atheist or are you rejecting Christianity? there is a difference. There is an infinite (an exaggeration) number of beliefs.

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      John Pennington 3 years ago from Vineland, New Jersey

      My hardest moment was shortly after my close friend, Fred, had died of a heart attack at 47. We were long time room mates, he roadied for my band, was second to best man at my wedding, and he named me Godfather to his children. I also introduced him to his wife, who only months after his funeral wrote me a letter saying "Fred loved you so much and I still love you just as much as always, but it hurts me when I see your posts on Facebook attacking Christianity all the time. You're a great guy with a huge heart, I know that. So why are you tearing down the only thing keeping me going after losing Freddy? If not for my belief that I will someday see him again, I think I'd just give up on life altogether." That honestly CRUSHED me inside. I did the only thing I could do, and gave her honest answers. I was glad her belief gave her comfort. But then explained; "Yet while Christianity comforts you, I see it destroying others. It paints non-believers, like me, as evil and sinful and incapable of love or trust. It causes homosexuals to live their lives as less than equals, in shame and in fear. It paints women as lesser beings and that it's okay to beat children. Religion makes entire countries go to war with each other. Well, you said I was a good man with a huge heart. I'd no longer be that man if I saw these wrongs and didn't try to make them right. It's who I am. I love you too, but you're asking me to not be the only person I can be without losing sleep at night. I'm sorry if what I say hurts you and I mean that from the pit of my heart. But I can't allow my love for you to keep me from loving my fellow man and telling the truth as I see it."

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      TimFellow 3 years ago from The Universe

      Well, if you follow logic, then you hit a brick wall when you try to figure out what caused the little speck of energy that banged. It's cause must have been outside this universe and perhaps that is where God is>

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      JeremyM 3 years ago

      When a theist has to insist that the universe has to have come from *something*. Because needs to have a cause to have an effect.

      Then I ask what created god, and I get the "Oh but he has always existed".

      Wait... everything has to come from something. Your god is not exempt. Talk about redefining the rules while you play the game!

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      Ampbreia 3 years ago

      Ha. We agnostics who have apostates from both Christianity and Islam get the same BS from both sides. It's alternately funny and frustrating and there are times when I just CAN'T deal with it. My eyes keep wanting to roll back up into my head. On the other hand, if I'm in a playful sort of mood, it can be a kind of sport.

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      Paladin_ 3 years ago from Michigan, USA

      Great hub, Breaker! I found myself laughing out loud at more than one of these, but I especially like number 10.

      I remember a couple of years ago at our local fair, I overheard some people discussing an accident one of them had survived. When the elderly lady declared that the "good lord" had saved her from dying in the accident, I really wanted to turn around and ask her who got her into the accident in the first place.

      But I didn't. Even though I would have been right, and perhaps might have even given her some food for thought, it would have been incredibly rude (especially to an elder). So I held my tongue.

      Here's another "atheist moment" for your list --

      -- When a believer derisively scoffs at the idea that "everything came from nothing" (a favorite strawman argument), but clearly has no problem believing the universe was instantaneously "poofed" into existence at the word of an invisible creator. ;-)

      Well done! Voted up as "awesome"!

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      Jinx 3 years ago

      When a theist says you'll go to Hell for anything but straight sexual orientation. So, you try to point out that God would be more upset about a person full of pride than one who is not. Then, they say something to the effect of, "Well, at least *I'VE* been BAPTIZED!"

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      Paul Shene 3 years ago from Portland, Oregon

      Theism is just one of many inventions designed to keep the human race enslaved to a few. Theism flourishes best in a monarchy and has the least power in a true democracy. All theism views on governance favors submission to the one in power, and disfavors questioning.

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      Jonathan 3 years ago

      When an individual looks you in the eye and says with utter sincerity that you absolutely need their god in your life, and then sadly shakes their head when you point out the reasons for their being absolutely wrong.

      That moment when a theist points out an outrageous claim, and then their fellows all swarm to defend an atheist's correct rebuttal as if that atheist is attacking their faith.

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      Infidel1000 3 years ago

      "Why can't I just believe what I want to believe?" or "You believe what you want and I'll believe what I want"

      There's your problem right there.

      Children believe what they want (or what they've been taught to think). Adults (should) follow the facts and the evidence wherever they lead. We can't wish our desires to be facts. The facts are what they are. No matter what we want.

      Belief: a poorly thought out, ill conceived opinion.

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      Paul Shene 3 years ago from Portland, Oregon

      I started a blog to argue for the point that atheism is the moral, ethical, and mature belief, and theism is the immoral, unethical, immature belief.

      All the theist snarks come with the same venom.

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      Danielle 3 years ago

      That moment when they say to you: I used be angry at God too.

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      Corrie M. 3 years ago

      That moment when a Christian says you will never succeed, or find happiness in life without God.