It pisses me off when religious people use douche-y examples to describe atheists or atheism in general.
Take this post with the title, Christian or Practical Atheist?
Basically, she’s trying to describe someone who says they are a Christian but act as if they’re atheists.
I had no idea what practical atheism could mean. The actual definition made me stop and examine my own life, with more than a little fear.
You see, a practical atheist doesn’t go by the label “atheist”. They actually would identify as Christian.
So…a Christian then? If someone says they believe in Jesus and are Christians, then that’s what they are. Just because they might do things you think are un-Christian-like, doesn’t make them an atheist.
And why were you afraid?
The very fact that this loving religion made you afraid should be a red flag of epic proportions.
A practical atheist accepts God in theory but rejects him in..you guessed it..practice.
Do you follow everything in the Bible?
If you did, you’d likely be in jail. I guess you’re a practical atheist.
Then she gets to the actual meat of her post by giving examples of practical atheists.
This should be a hoot…
This is the church-goer who screws people over in day to day business dealings without a smidgen of remorse.
Church clearly isn’t doing anything for them then. Either that or they’ve learned the lessons too well and think they can just ask forgiveness later and a magic being will make it okay to be a douche. Religion is very good at taking away personal responsibility and hefting it onto the shoulders of a deity.
This is the person who asks God to bless them but never invites God into any other area of their life.
What does that even mean?
This is the woman blasting Gospel music on her way to meet her married boyfriend.
Um, no. That would be a Christian being a douche. Not all atheists or even a majority of atheists go around sleeping with married people.
Please take head out of buttocks.
Then she attempts to describe what it’s like to be a Christian:
Let me put it another way. Anyone who has encountered the living God comes away from that experience a different person.
If you were hit by a Mack Truck, people would be able to see the evidence. If you claimed to be hit by a Mack Truck, but your car was fine and you didn’t have a scratch on you, people might have a hard time believing you’d really been in an accident.
That sounds thoroughly unpleasant. So being a Christian is like being hit by a transport truck.
Being a Christian merely means believing in Jesus. The rest is just window dressing. Christian’s can’t even agree on what Christianity wants, which is why you have around 40,000 sects.
This dear friend said she’d been a “Christian” for a long time, but a few years ago, looking back, she’d never really seen the evidence of it in her life.
Maybe because it’s a myth and this deity doesn’t exist?
Practical atheists (and actual atheists, for that matter), God loves you so very much. While you are still breathing, you can turn to him and ask for a legit relationship, for forgiveness, and salvation. He doesn’t hold grudges and he will help you walk through what it means to actually follow him.
I didn’t know you spoke for God, but thanks I’ll pass. I can ask for forgiveness from the real people I’ve wronged. No need for an invisible entity, and certainly not one as ethically reprehensible as the one described in the bible. If I ever need instructions on how to stone disobedient children, commit genocide by drowning or how to treat a slave, I’ll turn to your bible.
How about having a relationship with real people. They love you as well.