November 22, 2011 7:43am CST
So I have a very good friend that I have grown to consider family over the past 4 years. About a year ago I found out that she is an atheist which really didn't bother me at first. I believe that everyone's relationship with the Lord is a deeply personal choice and one that only they can make, including those who choose to not have a relationship at all. Then one evening while we were sitting in a courthouse (of all places) she decides to inform me that her son repeated something to my daughter about people that believe in Gad and wanted to have me hear it from her first, was AWESOME right. I would prefer it that way as well. Then she tells me what it was... My friend believes the "people that believe in God and the Devil and that they have an impact on our daily lives and influence how people act are STUPID". My first thought was "Did this woman just call me and my entire family stupid to my face?!?". Now I have a short temper (something I'm working on) and a strong connection with my Lord, she has known this the whole time we have been friends. I bring up the bible or God at least 3 times a day and use my faith as not only a guide in this life but as a source of hope when things get really bad for me. So while her choice of locations to share this with me (we had been together all day)at the time just convenient so I would not able to respond as I might normally have had there not been so many people (most with badges) around. So I just nodded and bit my tongue and have kept it bit since then. Now that this has been said between us she has taken a strange new position of arguing the atheist point of view and is often trying to point out scientific "proof" that there is no God. As well as while I have tried to keep the lord out of our conversations when something does slip, which is rarely, she gives me this look like I'm retarded or at least naive and tends to make little comments like "How could you really believe in something you can not see nor have any solid proof of?". Though my answer is often if you can teach that black holes are "real" without being able to see them nor having any solid proof of their existence how is God any difference. In science if there is no solid proof but enough people agree that it is very possible then they can call it a theory and teach it in schools as fact. Yet when it's God and angels, or the devil and demons at question the scientific community tends to laugh at us and act as if they would like to pat us on our lil heads and send us back to bed with a drink of warm milk. I am very seriously trying to find a way to save this relationship as she is a great woman and one of only 3 friends I have in the real world. How does one get past this. I know my friend and she is not one that deals well with confrontation well in fact if she feels threatened at all or even offended she tends to just cut off all ties. Our daughters are best friends that sit together at school and even joined scouts together (yes I see the irony of an atheist girl scout we won't even go there), I don't want to do anything to mess up that for them either. HELP PLEASE.