What if I behaved toward Christians like they behave towards me?
I like to think of myself as an easygoing person for the most part. I like to live and let live. Although I do not ascribe to any religion, nor do I believe in any god, I do understand why some people need spirituality in their lives.
However, I have to say that I am so very tired of having other people’s religious beliefs shoved in my face. I do not behave in that manner about my agnostic view and think it arrogant for Christians to think I care about their belief system.
For example, I wonder what Christians would think if Richard Dawkins or Sam Harris got on television on a continual basis to make emotional pleas for money to finance the spread of their atheism?
As for those Christians who gather outside concerts to pass out tracts to get me saved, I wonder what they would think if I stood outside their churches and pass out literature on atheism to those leaving the building?
The other day I was driving in my car past a very crowded intersection when I noticed a group of young people with signs. Since it caught my attention, I looked closer and noticed the signs had pictures of mutilated foetuses – and me on the way to lunch.
One sign said, “Honk if you believe in life.” That sign caused me to wonder what those same people would think if I gathered a group and stood on that corner with signs depicting rape and poverty and signs saying, “Honk if you believe in choice.”
I get flyers in the mail every week inviting me to this church or that religious event and I have never once crossed the doors of a local place of worship, so I did not unwittingly put my name on any mailing list.
These flyers assume I am discontent with life and miserable because I am not a Christian. The truth of the matter is that I used to be a Christian and I am exponentially happier now than I ever was inside the confines of religion.
However, the question at hand is what these flier-sending people would think if I sent agnostic fliers to their homes on the presumption of their misery because they are Christians. After all, I was unhappy as a Christian, so they probably are too, right? This is the logic they use in reverse when sending out fliers to get me saved.
I do not want to be saved. In fact, I feel as if I am already saved – saved from Christianity and Christians. I am free at last.