“There are no Atheists in foxholes.”

“There are no Atheists in foxholes.”

Well, let me fix this, since I am a Marine. “There are no Atheists in fighting holes.”

Much better…

I have been an Atheist as far back as I could remember. It wasn’t until a couple of years ago that I really took a stand and stood up for my beliefs and learned more about both sides of the coin. I took the time to learn about the different major religions in this world. I also learned more about Evolution and Science. Everything I could to really figure out what I believed and what I could accept as truth. It was pretty clear after all of it, I was still an Atheist.

Last year I was deployed to Afghanistan. It wasn’t going to be a simple deployment. It was a combat deployment. In training we would have the thought of “life and limb being lost” pushed into our brains daily. This made me really pay attention during training so I could learn my equipment and learn how to detect IED’s, baddies, etc… Because I knew, it would all come down to the person next to me and me, if I planned to come home.

Now, I never heard this saying before, not until I got back home. It made me chuckle at first, I never gave it a second thought. Then it hit me, I am an Atheist and not ONCE did I ever pray to God, ask God for help, or thank God for getting me through a tough time. Every firefight, IED that was searched for, I knew I had to be 100% on point or I might not come out alive. Through every round that passed by my head, I never once asked God to help me. God was never even a thought in my head.

I remember a vehicle behind me driving over an IED I just drove over. It went off and blew that vehicle up. Nobody was seriously hurt, but still, that’s not fun. I look at my driver who is very religious and ask “How in the hell do we keep missing those?” to which he gestures with his pointer finger skyward. As if to say God is helping us miss those since it was our 11th that didn’t detonate under us. So, God protects an Atheist, over the people who believe in him? Out of about 80, only 2 of us were free thinkers.

So, this myth is busted. I’m sure it has been busted many times over. In a pickle, I never asked God for help. I simply did my job with a clear mind. There are Atheists in fighting holes.

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Comment by Nathan LL on September 22, 2012 at 7:45pm

"Narrow is the way..."  Looks like the 2 of you found it!  Gives new meaning to that verse... My brother was in Afghanistan years ago before it got crazy (Army Reserve).

Comment by Ant Mac on September 13, 2012 at 9:07pm

You make a very good point. "How do we keep missing those" you ask your friend.

He points up and says

"God wanted to kill our team-mates back there SO MUCH, he let us get over the mine".

Nobody was seriously hurt, but still, that’s not fun.

O,0

That is master level understatement. Glad you were not hurt mate, good on ya.

Comment by Glen Rosenberg on September 13, 2012 at 8:46pm

My dad was navy carrier pilot, atheist through and through. So you can find the A team in cockpits too.

Comment by Justin Murray on September 13, 2012 at 8:11pm

Thanks for that.

It seems that, if a soldier is doing their job properly (giving 100% of their attention to the job at hand), then there are only non-theists in fighting holes.

Comment by Glen Rosenberg on September 13, 2012 at 6:33pm

You are a Marine who CAN handle the truth!

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