Hey, name's George. I'm new here and have a bit of a quandary.
So, this coworker of mine has seemingly taken up the challenge of "saving my soul". I'd been reading the Bible at work recently, and when I told her the reason was to study its inconsistencies and mock its message; well, I wish I could describe the look of fear and horror on her face.
We got into a short discussion yesterday involving how I'm wrong to treat women as people and not objects or slaves (as apparently she'd like to be treated), and how an event that would kill millions of people would apparently be viewed as a positive thing by herself and others.
Thankfully; my shift finished before we'd spoken too much. I had an excuse to leave. I don't really care if she thinks she "won" or not. She's a friend of mine, and I've lost friends before; when discussing my lack of faith.
I figure the best I can hope for is to try to change subjects. This may be difficult; she was very pressing yesterday. My head still rattles about how someone could call the Crusades and the Inquisition "good, Christ-inspired events".
Any suggestions? I lost a potential girlfriend over this in the past (my unwillingness to treat her as a slave or object being a major point of contention). And; I know it's a very old and difficult question, probably without an answer, but why would otherwise intelligent people believe this?
PS: Yes, I am planning on moving far away from this Bible focused area. Hopefully this year.