Many of my family and friends are born again and when I am around them they try very hard not to bring up religion. Before the family gathers yearly for our reunions they warn each other not to talk religion. Very often, someone just cant stand the silence about the subject and asks me how I can have a moral core if I am an atheist. I just simply run down the list of nations that are at war based on differences in religion, or the crime of covering up misconduct by church leaders, or the hypocrisy of being silent in the face of domestic violence or giving the victim of violence the admonition to follow what I call, "The Passive Gospel," i.e. "yield, pray, obey, forgive, turn the other cheek, love him to the lord, crucify yourself daily and rejoice in your crucifixion." I remind them the Passive Gospel is not only sick, psychologically, but stupid, legally, and disgusting theologically. What if the victim had been admonished to use the "Active Gospel," i.e. no one has to submit to violence or be afraid in his/her own home, or put up with thuggish, bullying behavior from loved ones.
Or other times, they ask about wagering if god were real ... I remind them this is the old bromide of Pascal's wager and it goes like this:
If you believe in God and God does exist, you will be rewarded with eternal life in heaven;
If you do not believe in God and God does exist, you will be condemned to burn for eternity;
If you believe in God and God does not exist, there is not a reward to receive;
If you do not believe in God and God does not exist, you have lived your own life.
I further point out that if their god is a loving god then he/she/it is also a hypocrite, not worthy of acknowledgment. If I am good or bad it is because of what is inside of me, not because I desire to please some superstition born in the Bronze Age and used to exploit and manipulate those who produce the goods and services of a community.
The odd thing is, every year someone asks me a religious question. I answer honestly and as clearly as I possibly can.
My family does not accept it... It's hard for me since I'm an aspie and a god seems so absurd for me. Just asking,why would god make me in a way I can't believe in him,and then send me to hell for it? D: