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My Intolerant Atheist Parents
Dear Brother Ron
No one ever forced me to become a Christian. I became a Christian on my own
free will. I'm not open about my Christian beliefs unless people ask me. I
want to know if all atheists really feel intolerant towards Christians. I've
met many nice atheists in real life, but I'm not sure if their nice act is
real or fake. When atheists are being intolerant towards you, does it mean
they unmask their facade to the Christians?
My parents and my brother are atheists. They pretend to be nice to
Christians, but they always bash them behind their backs. They even bash me.
My parents have been pushing me to stop being a Christian. They say they're
doing this for my own good because Christians have mental illness and they
are stupid, delusional, retarded, brainwashed, judgmental, etc and deserve
to be made fun off and stepped on.
I can't believe how ignorant my family is. Not every Christian is the same.
The problem is they won't stop disrespecting me unless I stop being a
Christian. They won't stop shoving their atheist beliefs down my throats.
They're forcing me to throw away my bibles and all the things related to
Christianity. I have a right to be a Christian and be respected by people
closed to me, but it seems like I have no choice. I have to live with my
parents to protect myself from my dangerous ex who stalked me (I got a
restraining order against him).
I need to understand my parents. I'm not trying to change my parents' minds.
I just want them to respect me and stop bothering me about my religion. I
don't want to lose them. Can you please help me out with my situation?
Your parents live in the world of here and now. All they can perceive is
what their physical senses tell them. Being a realist is a good thing up to
a point. But in a way, it's kind of like being tone deaf. You know there's a
noise but you can't enjoy the music.
From your question, it sounds like that's what your parents think
spirituality is-just a bunch of noise. I feel sorry for them because they
are unable to enjoy and make use of the beauty and power of the Spirit of
God within them. Obviously, I would not suggest you tell them you feel sorry
for them as this will just cause more harassment.
You might explain it to them in the words of the late Senator Robert F.
Kennedy: "Some people see the way things are and ask why. I see things that
never were and say why not". You might also check out the movie "What the
#$@& Do We Know". You can get it from Netflix or Blockbuster. It talks about
spirituality from the perspective of quantum physics. I dare your parents to
say these people are suffering from a mental illness.
You might also remind them that you have made no attempt to convert them to
your beliefs. Tell them that, although you love them, they are going to have
some respect for you even though they might not agree with you. Otherwise,
they are guilty of the same narrow-minded prejudice they accuse Christians
Anyway, know that you are in good company. People of faith have been accused
of mental illness for hundreds of years. Just remind yourself that, just
because they can not hear the music, that does not mean it isn't real. And
no matter what your parents say, God still believes in you. He even believes
in your parents.