8 comments on “On a Mission…

  1. I am so glad that someone asked an intelligent question about that video. The other thing that I noticed is that NieNie seems to credit god with what happened to her. She calls it a “blessing.” So, god caused her plane to crash and he saved her. I guess that she is, at least, being consistent.

    I actually read her blog. She blogged once that her children asked her if god caused the plane to crash. She seemed to not know how to answer. I wonder is if she is actually very much in doubt of her faith, but she is afraid of rejection. I assume that it would also be very difficult to confront the fact that a really sh!tty thing happened to her, and there is no higher meaning to it. It just sucks and is horrible and life won’t ever be the same again.

    The marketing is amazing – I agree. I can see the appeal for many people. I actually find it horrible. I feel like she is trapped – by her body and by her faith. Of course, what do I know. I am lifelong non-believer.

  2. I am new to this site (and to atheism) and until this post, have really enjoyed reading everything you’ve written. However, I feel that in writing to your BIL you have crossed a line, on a couple of levels. First, your BIL cried when your husband said he wasn’t coming back to the church. That says to me that he clearly isn’t ready to question his faith. Growing up in the church (whatever kind of church it may be) provides security and parameters and many humans need that. In fact, I believe that all humans do. Until your BIL is ready to look for something to replace the security and parameters that his faith provide, you shouldn’t be baiting him. When he is ready, if ever, he will actively seek answers and/or ask questions. Remember too, that he is still very young, and it takes some people much longer than others, to reach a point where they are ready to challenge the belief system instilled in them since birth.
    Second, you said that your husband’s and BIL’s family does not discuss religion ever, and that you don’t like that. My question to you then is: Is it possible that you subconsciously (or not!) wish to stir the pot, create a confrontation, force the family to discuss religion? And are you perhaps wishing to prod at your in-laws by quietly planting the seeds of doubt in their other son, hoping that he will reject the religion too, and somehow bringing another one of the family members to your “team”? I know that this is all inferred, because you haven’t specifically said that you don’t get along with your in-laws, but I am getting the impression that you maybe wouldn’t be unhappy to cause just a bit of trouble for them. I don’t presume to know you, but I think that you should question your own motives on this.
    My own opinion is that just as it is distateful and arrogant for Christians to go out and try to convert non-believers, it is equally distasteful and arrogant for atheists to try to convert believers. At the age of 42, I am only just now coming out on the other side of many years of questioning. It has been emotionally/psychologically taxing to reject the entire framework that I grew up with (evangelical), and I have yet to tell the family, since I will undoubtedly face a lot of questions and prayers for my soul! Anyway, my point is that I really wouldn’t want to tear the rug out from under my siblings or my parents. They are perfectly happy believing what they believe. They aren’t directly causing harm to anyone, and I just don’t think it’s my place to tell them they’re wrong, even though I believe that they are.
    Anyway, that’s my two cents, for what they’re worth!

  3. “My own opinion is that just as it is distateful and arrogant for Christians to go out and try to convert non-believers…”

    I assume that you are referring to the mission itself, right? (I don’t know much about mission trips, but I think that is generally the goal.) If he is ready to try to convert other people, he should be ready to defend his beliefs. Anyway, asking about the power of prayer is very tame.

  4. You know, regarding (sub)consciously stirring the pot as Newbie mentions, I can attest to the fact that even when we go out of our way to not stir the pot, but still say what we want to say on our own time in our own place, the pot still magically gets stirred.

    And I agree with Anon that if he is out converting others, it is absolutely appropriate for him to be answering questions. I think maybe he’s lucky to hear it from Atheist Mom before he is blindsided by it from someone who doesn’t like him.

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  6. All atheist subconsciously want to destroy Christianity. if they didn’t, they wouldn’t be atheist, they just wouldn’t care. I’ve met people like that, they just don’t care. Atheist want to claim them for team A, but they say no, get away from me.

    team A for the win right????

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