How do you know if your neighbor or coworker is an atheist? They’re actually quite easy to spot. Just look for these signs:
1. They look shifty.
Their eyes dart around a lot, looking for opportunities. Atheists don’t have to answer to a higher power. All they have to keep them in check is their conscience and the law. This means that it is open-season for criminal activity. Keep an eye on your wallets, your smart phones and your children. People who don’t believe in God cannot be trusted.
2. They think science is the answer to everything.
Atheism is a belief system, and it believes in science. Secularists will tell you that humans came from apes, that we are nothing more than another animal at the top of the food chain. Yet people who don’t believe in God can’t answer these basic questions: Where did life come from? Where are we going? Why are we here?
3. They’re likely wearing a black shirt or black pants or black shoes.
They may even have black accessories, such as wallets, purses and belts. Note that they are not smiling. Without belief, they have no hope, nothing to look forward to after this life.
4. Atheists are arrogant and unreasonable.
They think they are smarter than believers, and they refuse to listen to the word of God. Instead, they choose to argue about the Bible, the existence of God and the divinity of Jesus Christ. Atheists don’t want you to have faith, so they will employ any means to talk you out of yours. You know the saying: misery loves company. Atheists don’t want you to be joyful either.
5. They will not bow their heads in prayer or allow their children to say the word “God.”
Atheists don’t want God in the schools or in the government. Their goal is to have the word “God” banned from the public sphere and to eradicate religion. They are doing everything possible to take God out of America and to de-convert children.
6. They are not neighborly or friendly.
They hang signs on their door warning visitors that evangelism is not welcome. They will not let you into their homes or onto their property to share The Word.
7. The special tax treatment that religion receives makes atheists angry.
They have started their own churches in response. Non-theists also claim that they miss the community from church. This is only further proof that humans have been programmed by a higher power to seek religion in their lives.
The truth is that non-theists come in all shapes, sizes, colors and even beliefs. They look and act just like your friends and family.
The truth is that one of them may be your friend or family member, and they’re still in the proverbial closet.
The truth is that a large majority of people who don’t believe in God do not care if others believe.
We are not anti-religion. We respect your faith as well as your right to believe. We understand that God means a lot to you and that your traditions and your faith bring you comfort. We actually do not want to eradicate religion from the planet. We don’t think that science has all the answers, nor is it the source of morality. Neither is religion. Only self-reflection and empathy can grow moral humans, and that can be learned regardless of what we believe or don’t believe.
Don’t take our disbelief personally. It’s not about you. It’s between us and our individual conceptions of what and who God is.
We won’t try to talk you out of your faith. Sometimes we will even attend church with family or friends.
We don’t have a problem with teaching religion — all religions and belief systems — in the schools so that children can learn that not everyone believes the same things.
On the other hand, we hope that you will respect our right to live without the pressures and influences of religion in our mutually shared spaces. When we say we don’t believe, that is not an invitation to tell us about your unwavering faith or your amazing church. (Yes, many of us have read the Bible.) When religion is pushed onto us and onto our children, it feels as if you don’t respect us, as if we’re in a parent/child relationship with you, one where you decide what is best and the rules we will live by.
Belief does not make you a good person; lack of belief does not make us bad. We just aren’t fans of the same folk heroes. And that’s okay. We want to make a better world with you anyway.
Image courtesy of Chase Elliot Clark.