However, I’d like to add to that list. There are several things I think Christians should stop saying. Let’s start with what the author said in his original article though, before jumping ahead to my commentary. The original author (
Scott Dannemiller) makes the case that Christians should stop saying they’re ‘blessed’ when they have good fortune.
I’ve noticed a trend among Christians, myself included, and it troubles me. Our rote response to material windfalls is to call ourselves blessed. Like the “amen” at the end of a prayer.
“This new car is such a blessing.”
“Finally closed on the house. Feeling blessed.”
“Just got back from a mission trip. Realizing how blessed we are here in this country.”
On the surface, the phrase seems harmless. Faithful even. Why wouldn’t I want to give God the glory for everything I have? Isn’t that the right thing to do?
I agree with the author. It does make believers seem arrogant and short-sighted, especially when millions of children starve while crying out to God.
But this is only the tip of the iceberg. There are so many things that I wish religious people would stop saying. Some are far more damaging to their image than saying they’re ‘blessed’.
I’ll pray for you: This is usually said when a religious person gets angry and has no real response to a question or challenge. It’s sort of a way to say ‘screw you’ without actually saying it. When said to an atheist, it can be mildly annoying or a complete waste of breath.
You’re going to hell: This sentence or similar ones make you look like a complete prick who delights in the pain of others. If I don’t believe in your God, I’m not going to be afraid of the make-believe realm you believe in either.
However, I am going to believe in you and your glee at the prospect of my eternal torture.
Homosexuality is unnatural and a choice: Like slavery, religion and the religious are usually on the wrong side of history with this one. The hateful things religion promotes concerning the LGBT community has led to the oppression of homosexuals around the world. From Russia’s to Uganda’s anti-gay laws, religion is contributing to the misery of millions of homosexuals around the world. It’s time it stopped.
Christianity is based on evidence: Considering your leaders trumpet the need for faith, this is a weird statement for religious people to be making. If it’s true, please produce the evidence. Otherwise, finally admit it’s based on faith and wishful thinking.
Atheists believe in nothing OR they believe in other unproven things: Neither of these statements are correct. I believe in many things. I am also not required to believe unproven things to be an atheist. If the religious would take a second to think about it, they would realize that they also don’t have to believe in things that aren’t proven in order to not believe in unicorns or dragons. They also do believe in other things, even if they don’t believe in unicorns or dragons.
It’s common sense.
You can be an atheist and be a good person. The best answer to a question where the answer is unknowable is to say ‘I don’t know’. Making things up isn’t an answer worth having.