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Atheist Encouragement

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On occasion I get an encouraging email from my atheist YouTube fans. Here’s one from  joestfrancois who comments on nearly every video I post:

Listen I want to thank you. The work you are doing is taking moderate atheists and making them understand that they must stand up for what they believe in. I spent 30 years hiding my lack of belief; interacting with youtube christians has allowed me to come out as an atheist at work and with my friends and family.

Trust me it was a lot bigger expletivestorm than if I had come out as a born-again christian, but I was finally willing because of the sort of things I see you and others like you doing here on youtube. The fun part is that if you tell a closeted atheist they are going to hell enough times, they will come out, and that is a good thing.

Thanks and keep up the good work Steve.

And a hearty “You’re welcome!” to Joe!

Click here to read why this type of “encouragement” never upsets me. Ever.

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12 Comments

  1. I encourage atheists to repent before they spend eternal life with the devil and his angels.

    • Why, exactly?

    • And I encourage Christians to take the Shahada.

      Doesn’t make sense for you to do something that you don’t believe exists, right?

      Right.

      For the record, I don’t believe in a devil or angels.

    • Nohm,

      I have been praying for you. You seem like a decent atheist. I encourage you to spend less time with atheists and more time with some Christians. CARM is a good place to hang out. I think it is better than Jim’s site.

      Tell Jim hello.

      • Hi Donald,

        You wrote: “I have been praying for you.

        Thanks.

        You seem like a decent atheist.

        Thank you for the compliment.

        I encourage you to spend less time with atheists

        Why? Most of my offline friends are atheists; it’s a product of the area that I live in. If you’re talking about “that other site”, I think a quick bit of research would show that I haven’t hung out there much recently; been far too busy with work.

        and more time with some Christians.

        I also have a lot of offline Christian friends; I spend time with Christians on a daily basis.

        Just for my own curiosity, why would you suggest I spend less time with atheists (considering you don’t know how often I spend time with them) and spend more time with Christians (considering you don’t know how often I spend time with them)? Just for my own curiosity.

        CARM is a good place to hang out.

        I disagree. From my experiences, Matt doesn’t engage in much conversation. When I get a decent amount of time away from work, I’ll check it out again, though.

        I think it is better than Jim’s site.

        I’ve never been to Jim’s site, so I have no opinion on it.

        Tell Jim hello.

        You can tell him hello yourself at “that other site”. Like I said, I haven’t been there much recently, and haven’t been in the chatroom in weeks, so I haven’t talked to him much recently. There’s really only a few people on “that other site” that I used to talk to with any regularity.

      • More exegesis; has anyone been persuaded ?

      • Hi Steve L,

        You wrote: “More exegesis; has anyone been persuaded ?

        On this blog? I don’t know. In previous situations? Yes.

        Although that depends on exactly what you think I’m trying to persuade them about (and I can promise you, it’s not “become an atheist”).

        I also do it because I’m responding to what they wrote.

        The most “bummer” part of it to me is that Christians on this blog don’t often respond to my direct questions.

  2. I glad these encouragements don’t bother you. It would be sad if you gave yp like Ray, and started posting ha,k fiction.

  3. Not a Romanian keyboard, smartphone with Swype. I am terrible with it

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