I am an Occupational Therapist in a NC nursing home. I have had on two different occasions patients ask me directly, "Do you believe in God?"
I told them both no and the conversation progressed in a very civil manner.
It is very difficult for me to keep my mouth shut when someone keeps going on and on about God and why he lets people suffer so, and how He gives us everything we have....etc, etc.
I have gotten this question multiple times as well. Also been asked to pray with patients.
My answer has always been the same. I am not a believer but i respect your beliefs. Thats all i say and i refuse to take part in a prayer of anykind only because it would be disingenuous to do so.