I have been asked multiple times in many different ways what I am trying to do here. I have never really answered because I am not 100% sure. This isn’t a formal experiment so there is no hypothesis. This was not even my idea. I did not wake up one morning and decide that I was going to try to be a Christian for awhile. I am not trying to prove or disprove the existence of a god. Honestly I don’t think it can be proven or disproven (I will write more about proof later.)
I still do not really know what I am trying to do right now. I was just challenged to step outside my norm and do something different. I doubt many others would step outside their beliefs and try it a different way. I mean how many Christians would decide to spend 45 days of their life as a Muslim? Granted “being” a Christian, especially one at a non-denominaital church, is fairly easy in the US so maybe the example of a Muslim isn’t fair but hopefully you understand my point.
One thing this has done was give me the necessary kick in the pants to read the bible and try to analyze it. I have never read Twilight because I am not interested in vampires and I have never read the bible as an adult because I was not interested in it. Of course no one has ever tried to convert me to being a sparkling blood sucker so I never really needed to debate the existence of vampires either.
I am not going to try to convince people to not believe in God either. I have tried to tell my 8 year old daughter recently that there is no Santa, Easter Bunny or Tooth Fairy and that didn’t go ever very well; I know the same would be true with trying to convince Christians to change their belief. If someone is going to change their beliefs it will come in its own time and own way. Hopefully with my 8 year old it is sooner than later cause I am tired of hearing about the horrible job the tooth fairy has done in the past year.
What I would like is for the Christians who read this blog and who are interacting with me in church to realize that Atheists are normal everyday people and you probably already interact with a few on a regular basis you just don’t realize it. I would love for some American Christians (obviously not all do this) to stop complaining about being persecuted. You are the majority in this country; until that changes complaining to Atheists about being persecuted is like Caucasians complaining about Affirmative Action being unfair.
I think if something is going to come from this, for me, it is a better understanding of why Christians think they way they do. I have already become more tolerant of the proselytizing; the constantly trying to convert Atheists in the best case or in the worst proclaiming our obvious descent into hell after death. I have been able to step away and see the other side and I have also seen how nasty and mean some Atheists can be when it comes to Christians and vice versa.
I already understand why Christians care so much. They truly believe they are trying to help you for eternity. Hopefully this will help other Atheists realize this while at the same time help Christians realize that unless we ask for your help in finding god you just look pushy. So for now I guess the ultimate goal is maybe just a higher level of tolerance for everyone involved in this blog, either through readership or through their personal interactions with me.
Atheists are as good without God as Christians are with Him.