OH MY!!!!! And I mean.. OH MY!!

So my girlfriend is studying to become a lay minister within her Church. I even helped her pay for a class.  She knows I’m an atheist and is fine with that. And I’m fine with the fact she is a Christian.

Well, during the class someone mentioned, yes..you know how…ATHESISTS….

Ya know what the instructor told the class.

Atheists tend to have and behave more “Christian” then the Christians.

That took a lot of people aback.

Kinds throws a different like on us.

But how?

Does the same apply for those who are the followers of Islam?

Or those who are Jewish?

If so, what does that say about the followers of religions who declare themselves the followers of such?

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Comment by Michael Penn on June 10, 2014 at 9:57am

Keep your ears open about this instructor. My take on the whole thing is that the instructor knows very well that atheists are likely to know more about the Bibble than the christians do. With that much said, it follows that Jewish and Islamic atheists most likely know their holy books in the same ways. How else would anyone become atheist unless they studied the evidence?

This only leaves 2 types of atheists left. The "false atheist" is the one who knows nothing from study and has "decided" to become atheist because of a fad or "something that happened." (This is the kind that all theists believe we are. That is why they keep telling us what the Bibble says.)

The last sort of atheist is one that was not raised with god and religion in the household in the first place. One that is raised to believe there are no gods.

As for you being atheist and your girlfriend studying for lay ministry, this could become a problem later for you. It might be true that Billy Graham was Baptist and his wife a Methodist, but this is not the same thing.

Comment by B Fletcher on June 10, 2014 at 8:45am

Rick: I get that you weren't there, I was just wondering if you could ask your girlfriend for clarification.

I'm not sure how one could claim atheists are better Christians just because they're atheists all the time, but whatever it takes to float a theist's boat, I guess.

Comment by Randall Smith on June 10, 2014 at 7:23am

My best friend is a Methodist preacher. We understand each other--often in teasing--and get along famously. I'm betting that'll be the case with you and your girlfriend. Good luck.

Comment by Rick on June 10, 2014 at 2:51am

Ruth I've not been on here in a while. Didn't know the groups exists. Thank you.

Fletcher, I think the instructor was trying to make a point that with the lay minister class, that there are those who "wear their religion like a coat and then take it off and hang it up when they get home."  Making a point about hypocrites?  I know we've all run into those types.   I wasn't there, my girlfriend was.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on June 9, 2014 at 11:30pm

Good luck on your relationship. I notice that you haven't joined any of our groups for "interfaith" relationships.

Comment by B Fletcher on June 9, 2014 at 11:17pm

I wonder what the instructor was getting at, do you think you could get some clarification?

I could imagine the point was that while both Christians and atheists can express what a Christian would call positive Christian virtues toward others, only Christians have the judgemental resources of hell and damnation to level at those who dare disagree with them.  But that's only speculation, and you're right there near the source!  Do tell, I'm curious.



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