Observations and inanities by a second-shift assistant supervisor in the Puppy-Grinding division of the Evil Atheist Conspiracy® (our motto: "Sure it's cruel, but think of the jobs!"), your host, Brent Rasmussen.
It's All Greek to Me
Can someone please explain to me why Christians quote the bible as if it is an argument ending trump card?
This past Sunday I was out taking my dog for a walk in my complex. I know most of the friendly people with dogs because I've lived here for a year. My dog loves to socialize so she heads directly for anyone else with a dog. Of course, I could stop her, but I enjoy meeting new people as well. To make a long story short, Samantha and I ran into a new guy about my age(37) who was walking his dog.
I made sure it was okay for us to approach and he gave permission. His dog was very friendly and happy to meet us. The guy seemed nice at first also. After a bit of small talk he explained to me that he had just gotten out of church and was feeling "full of the Lord" as he put it. I said, "oh that's nice" and tried changing subjects by asking if he was excited about the Giants game that afternoon. The guy completely ignored my question and asked me what church I went to.
At this point, I was starting to get annoyed. First, I really didn't care that he was full of the Lord and now he was getting a little nosey by asking me, a complete stranger, what church I attended. Maybe I should have just said I am not religious and tried changing the subject again, but I was feeling a little belligerent at this point. I answered him by saying flat out that "I don't believe in god." "I am an atheist" I said.
He looked like he had seen a ghost. After a moment he recovered and started asking me a volley of questions without taking a breath. "Have you ever been to church?" "Did I know that Jesus loves me?" "Did I know that Jesus died for my sins?" And so forth and so on. At this point I was struggling a little to maintain my composure and remain polite. My answer was short and sweet. I said "Sir, didn't you hear me? I am an atheist and I don't believe in god. I don't want to talk about my religious upbringing with you and I don't want someone preaching to me. Have a nice day." With that, I walked over to my dog and put her back on the leash so I could get away from him.
He started quoting the bible. I wish I could remember the verse. It was something about only fools deny god. Obviously it bugged me because here I am, four days later still thinking about the incident. I've seen trolls come here to UTI and quote bible passages, too. As if that settles the question at hand. Don't they realize I don't speak that language. You might as well be speaking Greek for all I care. I don't read the bible. I don't consider it an authority. It means nothing to me. Don't fucking quote the bible to me. Okay?
Why can't Christians try meeting us on common ground? Don't pity me. Don't tell me the bible says I'm a fool. What if I answered him with a quote from Darwin's book the Origin of Species. Or Sagan? Or Dawkins? I guarantee he would be offended or at least as unresponsive to me if the situation was reversed and I was trying to make him see the error of his ways by quoting a book that he's never read.
Sorry for the rant. It's just that I see this everywhere. Here at UTI and in debates and now I've even seen it walking my dog. Why can't Christians speak English? Please Christians, be able to explain to me in your own words the reasons why you believe your god exists, and why your god judges me as a sinner, and why hell is a fitting punishment for my so-called heresy without quoting the bible. To merely quote from the bible as proof of what I should believe sounds exactly like quoting ancient Greek to me.