When I was an unChristian (i.e. atheist/agnostic), lots of well-meaning believers turned me right off with their misguided attempts at evangelizing. Or maybe they really were trying to get rid of me. Either way, here are . . .
10 WAYS TO REPEL NON-CHRISTIANS
1. Say this: “You’re not really an atheist, are you? I mean, deep down you really believe, right?” Here’s what that sounded like to me: “So, you’re a liar.” Awesome way to lead into a conversation about Jesus. Not.
2. Or say this, “You know you’re going to hell, don’t you?” Think about this logically – if I didn’t believe in God, I didn’t believe in hell. In fact, the whole idea of hell was one of the reasons I rejected God in the first place.
3. Tell an atheist they “Have a God-shaped hole.” I’m a Christian now, and I’m not even sure what that means. Using Christian bumper-sticker slogans like that one is a great way to repel atheists.
4. Accuse them of rejecting God because they just want to do what they want to do. This one’s really just an insult. “You’re a selfish, arrogant libertine.” It is a great thing to say if you want to denigrate a person and block any hope of a mutually respectful conversation.
5. Debate evolution. That’s actually just what I wanted when I was away from God. If I could turn the conversation into an argument about science, then I didn’t have to deal with Jesus.
6. Insist that an atheist prove there is no God. First, you can’t prove a negative. Second, if a Christian was trying to get me to their point of view, why was there a burden on me to prove anything?
7. Accuse atheists and agnostics of being hypocritical because they celebrate Christmas. The equally repellent corollary is “So who do you thank at Thanksgiving?” They’re national holidays, dude. Besides, I liked the presents at Christmas, and the turkey at Thanksgiving whether I believed in God or not.
8. Ask, “Why are you so angry at God?” If there’s no God, then no one to be angry at. It’s the old “When are you going to stop beating your wife” attempted-trap-of-a-question. If you hit me with a question I couldn’t answer, I wasn’t going to talk to you long.
9. Hitler. As in, “You know Hitler/Stalin/Mao was an atheist.” You didn’t want to get into a debate with me about who has caused more misery, atheists or Christians. Trust me on this. It’s another great way to make sure that Jesus never comes up in the conversation. And, although Godwin’s Law is specifically applicable to online arguments, it works in person too – once you bring up Hitler you’ve lost the argument and the discussion is over.
10. And finally, something that is absolutely positively guaranteed to elicit laughter and stifle meaningful conversation, answer someone who says, “I don’t believe in God” by saying, “Well God believes in you.” The more sincere, the better.
You’re invited to add your own examples in the reply section.