“Have you heard about the love of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ?” You might be asked this very question while standing in line at Wal-Mart or the grocery store if you are lucky enough to live where I do. This happens often enough, yet I still can’t grapple with why it is socially acceptable. Despite living in a rural area, we still get our doorbell rang by the Witnesses, Mormon’s, and Christian’s. The last Witnesses that came to the house luckily didn’t make it past the front steps, but they did threaten to come back and show me” the truth about Jesus that is hiding in the Bible that you read”. I guess she assumed I was a Christian. Luckily I haven’t seen or heard from them since. This was bothersome even before I was atheist, but even more so now. I have never been the type to shout my convictions from the rooftop. I have always been of the opinion that whatever I believe was no one else’s business or concern. So why do strangers feel the need to come to my private residence and ask to come inside my house uninvited and share what they are happy about? I know the logical answer to this question is that they are compelled by their beliefs to save my soul and share the good news. But what if non-believers did the same? What if the atheists of the world decided to jump in a van and drive around neighborhoods with a copy of a science book and Darwin’s “The Origin of Species” and showed people what we were so happy about? How well would we be received?
On the other hand, how do you feel about atheists proselytizing? Do any of you have an opinion? Do you feel the need to attempt to change the minds of religious people? Personally, I don’t feel comfortable engaging someone in a discussion for the sole purpose of telling them they are silly for believing in fairy tales and they should really rethink their stance on life. I am fine with expressing or even debating my beliefs when asked, but I am not about to go out of my way to broach the subject of my beliefs. I hope to always be respectful of others and give atheism a positive name. What are your thoughts?