When people assume I am a theist, I usually correct them and say "I'm an atheist." Usually, they usually stop assuming, or at most get offended like I just confessed I eat babies or am a satanic priestess. The demand to know at that moment "What?! You don't believe in God, Why?" There is usually no pause after that, but it is filled with a rant (if they are Christian) about how Jesus (AKA God) came down and died for your sins and loves YOU personally...
When pressed like this what do you say?
Here is usually what I say:
There are so many gods/goddess that claim to be real, yet none of them have came down and proven their existence without a doubt. THAT is the main reason. If I am to base my life on something, why shouldn't I bullshit test it first before basing my life on it?
What do you say?

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Comment by Charles on November 26, 2009 at 9:46pm
I have faced that myself.I've have religious people ask why do I hate god.What? I simply do not believe in the supernatural.There is a difference between hating and not believing.
Comment by Stephen Sean O'Hair on November 26, 2009 at 8:16pm
I believe in living life as if it is the only one I am certain of. Although I also feel that "living life like it's the only one you can make a difference in" seems to be more universal.
Comment by Paul Lin on November 26, 2009 at 5:07am
I don't really have a standard thing to say to them in this situation. It depends...

One time, I was in a bar and was approached by a Jehovah's witness. As soon as I figured out who he was with, I talked to him without any shred of respect. I mixed sarcasm and insults with it just to show him how angry I was with religious stalking activities like that.

The other time, I was approached by a missionary on the street while I was going somewhere. He said, "Do you know Jesus die for your sins?" I ignored him and just walked away.

Most theists in real life aren't smart enough for me to go through the proofs why omnipotence contradicts with God, why God contradicts with free will, and why Jesus Christ does not exist. So, most of the time I just ignore them because they are in it too deep to change their mind. Think of them like drug addicts. Some of them are just hopeless.
Comment by Johnny on November 26, 2009 at 1:16am
I pursue truth. If a theist has it, I will always give them the chance to try and prove it. No one has as of yet, obviously. I doubt anyone ever will prove their imaginary friend.

Whenever they can't prove it, I say: you know what? I feel sorry for you. You are so scared of losing control of your own and everyone else's morality that you are willing to put yourself in the mentality of a slave to an almighty dictator just so that you know that your own moral code is the correct one. Your selfishness and your closed-mindedness is your own downfall. You craft your own prison and can't stand the thought of others not being in it with you.

I hope some day you can finally find peace.
Comment by Richard Healy on November 26, 2009 at 12:33am
Bristle that you couldn't accept the notion of vicarious redemption as it is inherently unjust and that human sacrifice is abhorrent to you.

Then ask how they can accept it so easily. Where are their morals and sense of justice?
Comment by Turtle Poser on November 26, 2009 at 12:27am
I'd take a snapshot of the look on the face of someone when you tell them you're a satanic priestess who eats babies. Offer to share your recipe.

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