when someone says, "i don't believe in god," what do you say?

February 3, 2009 10:33am CST
nobody can prove, beyond the shadow of a doubt, that spirits live on. Nobody knows for sure that Jesus is God, and not Buddha. Nobody will ever be proven right in an argument of religions. but what do you say when someone tells you they don't believe in any god? do you try to convince them there is indeed one? or do you listen to what they have to say, just in case they are the ones who have it right all along?
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@phyrethyme (1267)
• Philippines
4 Feb 09
You said: "man. some people are just awful representatives of religion. and some non-believers are just amazing people." And I super agree. Anyway. It depends on the person's behavior. I've met decent people who do not believe in God. They're the type who respect you for what you believe in without starting an argument with you about faith. They keep their whatevers to themselves. So I end up respecting them back. I also met someone who doesn't believe in God and unfortunately, I didn't know what to do with him. We were having lunch: he, me-slash-Catholic gal, and a Protestant girl. This guy claims that he doesn't have a religion and when the subject on God's brought up, he starts snoring and laughing like hell. Protestant gal and I were outraged but still composed. We didn't know what to do with him. It was as if we were having lunch with some demonic freak because he was laughing and stuff but it was obvious that he was overreacting. I thought, this guy isn't worth an explanation so I tried my best not to hit him. Protestant girl snapped and called him a demon. He's even happy about it. He kept trashing God. I think he's just immature anyway and overreacting. So when someone says he doesn't believe that a higher being exists, I try to respect them. I say nothing but when someone gets irrational and rude, that's when I say that what he says doesn't matter. (Okay, that's one thing among other insults. I can't help it.) I don't try to convince them since I have no solid proof that I can share with them.. I am sure they don't care about my personal experience so I just listen to them.
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@TLChimes (4839)
• United States
3 Feb 09
My faith allows me to be VERY open minded. I don't preach or try to convert but will answer about my views if asked. I also listen to most other's thoughts because I can always learn from them. I can either learn that mine makes sense or something new about their take that makes sense too. I also feel that there can be many names and followings for the same basic entity. And I think most paths have good things to teach... Harm None, Do unto Others, Don't lie, cheat or steal, Good things come back to you if you put out good things... I think that more people should take those lessons from their faith then how evil other paths are for not being just like theirs. Just my take on things.
• Philippines
3 Feb 09
my boyfriend doesn't believe in god, but he's the sweetest, mildest person i've ever met. he's like the antisatan, so to speak. and i've actually had a run-in with a priest who refused to give me and my brother the holy eucharist because he thought we were "lovers, flirting." man. some people are just awful representatives of religion. and some non-believers are just amazing people.