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How Do I Tell People I Am An Atheist? Help! by Nobody: 12:39am On Jun 14, 2015
I am surrounded by christiañs and Muslims, although i don't care about their religion, but what disconforts me is that i feel scared to tell anyone I am an atheist and they see it as awkward when i tell them I dont go to church and i am a christian undecided The fact I dint go to church , I know how some of them act, how will they act if I tell them i don't believe in God, in nigeria do people stigmatize atheists the way they stigmatize sickle cell oatients and HIV patients?

Pls help me. I don't know what to do. And I can't go to church, I sleep off very easily in any church , cos what they say doesn't make a grain of sense to me.

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Re: How Do I Tell People I Am An Atheist? Help! by Lolaabokoku(f): 12:55am On Jun 14, 2015
Haaaaaa! Is what came out from my mouth
Diaris God oo

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Re: How Do I Tell People I Am An Atheist? Help! by AlfaSeltzer(m): 1:06am On Jun 14, 2015
why do you need to tell people?
is it their business?

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Re: How Do I Tell People I Am An Atheist? Help! by Nobody: 1:17am On Jun 14, 2015
Juz believe in wat u belIeved in....no one can stop u...if they insist tat u shud go to their church juz tell them straight tat ur an atheist & walk out...

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Re: How Do I Tell People I Am An Atheist? Help! by menesheh(m): 1:18am On Jun 14, 2015
Don't just start telling people about your believe. But incase any mature discussion ensues, defend what you believe with logic, prove and reality.

If there is danger in your area like northern part of the country, desist from making it know to ppl because most atheist and atheist bloggers are murdered in cold blood in their hundreds in almost every muslim dominated countries of the world.
But if otherwise, stand confidently and raise consciousness to the irrationals if time calls. They will Everly respect you for your intellect for actually figuring it out for yourself despite their venomous bash.

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Re: How Do I Tell People I Am An Atheist? Help! by Nobody: 1:19am On Jun 14, 2015
AlfaSeltzer:
why do you need to tell people?
is it their business?

So that they won't be chipping in God in our every conversation, its just annoying when I ask someone a simple question(how is school?) and he/she says "we thank God". Is that how to answer a question?

Or I ask them how do they make themselves study without relenting they will say " its all about God, that nits not their power". What rubbish, of what use are those nonsense replies to me, they now use God to cover up lots of information, just say its God and u don't have to say anything else, that's their style now. angry

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Re: How Do I Tell People I Am An Atheist? Help! by Nobody: 1:23am On Jun 14, 2015
menesheh:
Don't just start telling people about your believe. But incase any mature discussion ensues, defend what you believe with logic, prove and reality.

If there is danger in your area like northern part of the country, desist from making it know to ppl because most atheist and atheist bloggers are murdered in cold blood in their hundreds in almost every muslim dominated countries of the world.
But if otherwise, stand confidently and raise consciousness to the irrational if time calls. They will Everly respect you for your intellect for actually figuring it out for yourself despite their vague bash.

Are u sure they will reapect me or start keepin distant from me?

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Re: How Do I Tell People I Am An Atheist? Help! by Nobody: 1:25am On Jun 14, 2015
KashyBaby:
Juz believe in wat u belIeved in....no one can stop u...if they insist tat u shud go to their church juz tell them straight tat ur an atheist & walk out...

Haha, I can't avoid them, they will still see me one day and question me, that's what i am avoiding

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Re: How Do I Tell People I Am An Atheist? Help! by menesheh(m): 1:30am On Jun 14, 2015
Dapo777:


Are u sure they will reapect me or start keepin distant from me?

I have been an atheist for years now, sometimes i become an idol to some intellectual arrogants fellows claiming to know much but later bow low in subsequent discuss despite their disagreement with me.
Re: How Do I Tell People I Am An Atheist? Help! by Nobody: 1:37am On Jun 14, 2015
menesheh:


I have been an atheist for years now, sometimes i become an idol to some intellectual arrogants fellows claiming to know much but later bow low in subsequent discuss despite their disagreement with me.

Hmmmm. I feel they will all turn against me if they found out. And i wouldn't want that

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Re: How Do I Tell People I Am An Atheist? Help! by menesheh(m): 1:38am On Jun 14, 2015
Dapo777:


Hmmmm. I feel they will all turn against me if they found out. And i wouldn't want that

Whatever

Seemed you are just new to the ideology of atheism

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Re: How Do I Tell People I Am An Atheist? Help! by Nobody: 1:41am On Jun 14, 2015
menesheh:


Whatever

Seemed you are just new to the ideology of atheism

My parents are still sponsoring my education, that's why. I dont want them to find out cos they are like fanatics to me.

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Re: How Do I Tell People I Am An Atheist? Help! by ibkgab001: 1:45am On Jun 14, 2015
My brother same here .. but i fully believe in God and 100 percent sure there is God ... but i hate to see the sinners pretending as saint in church

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Re: How Do I Tell People I Am An Atheist? Help! by OkwuruOKARISIA(m): 1:53am On Jun 14, 2015
Dapo777:


Are u sure they will reapect me or start keepin distant from me?
honestly speaking,somebody like me wil start distancing myself frm u cos i wil neva wana bliv in wat u bliv n i wil neva wana b ur convert.










meanwhile.......thank God dat i know about ur bliv bfore getting so much cloz to u...lol

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Re: How Do I Tell People I Am An Atheist? Help! by Nobody: 2:00am On Jun 14, 2015
Dapo777:


Haha, I can't avoid them, they will still see me one day and question me, that's what i am avoiding

I didnt tell u to avoid them...i tell u to tell them ur an atheist & and u dont owe each of em an explanation...

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Re: How Do I Tell People I Am An Atheist? Help! by Nobody: 2:13am On Jun 14, 2015
OkwuruOKARISIA:
honestly speaking,somebody like me wil start distancing myself frm u cos i wil neva wana bliv in wat u bliv n i wil neva wana b ur convert.











meanwhile.......thank God dat i know about ur bliv bfore getting so much cloz to u...lol

Do I know u?

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Re: How Do I Tell People I Am An Atheist? Help! by AlfaSeltzer(m): 2:34am On Jun 14, 2015
Dapo777:


So that they won't be chipping in God in our every conversation, its just annoying when I ask someone a simple question(how is school?) and he/she says "we thank God". Is that how to answer a question?

Or I ask them how do they make themselves study without relenting they will say " its all about God, that nits not their power". What rubbish, of what use are those nonsense replies to me, they now use God to cover up lots of information, just say its God and u don't have to say anything else, that's their style now. angry

It seems you are the one that has a problem with their beliefs
Coming to your questions, how else do you expect them to answer them? If you have an answer, why ask the question? If you don't like the answers you are getting, stop asking them those questions
Like I said, it's nobody's business what you chose to not believe in, you don't have to justify yourself

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Re: How Do I Tell People I Am An Atheist? Help! by Nobody: 2:52am On Jun 14, 2015
AlfaSeltzer:


It seems you are the one that has a problem with their beliefs
Coming to your questions, how else do you expect them to answer them? If you have an answer, why ask the question? If you don't like the answers you are getting, stop asking them those questions
Like I said, it's nobody's business what you chose to not believe in, you don't have to justify yourself
Kk
Re: How Do I Tell People I Am An Atheist? Help! by Nobody: 3:06am On Jun 14, 2015
KashyBaby:


I didnt tell u to avoid them...i tell u to tell them ur an atheist & and u dont owe each of em an explanation...

babes its easier said than done, you don't expect him to start telling everyone who asks that he is an atheist, considering the fact that Nigeria is a very religious country and not everyone would take such news lightly. I think he should be more mindful of those he tells now, considering the fact that his parents who sponsors his education are yet to find out.



OkwuruOKARISIA:
honestly speaking,somebody like me wil start distancing myself frm u cos i wil neva wana bliv in wat u bliv n i wil neva wana b ur convert.










meanwhile.......thank God dat i know about ur bliv bfore getting so much cloz to u...lol

Ode! Who asked for your opinion? please take your silly sef from this thread, if you have nothing sensible to contribute. angry

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Re: How Do I Tell People I Am An Atheist? Help! by Rilwayne001: 6:18am On Jun 14, 2015
Dapo777:
I am surrounded by christiañs and Muslims, although i don't care about their religion, but what disconforts me is that i feel scared to tell anyone I am an atheist and they see it as awkward when i tell them I dont go to church and i am a christian undecided The fact I dint go to church , I know how some of them act, how will they act if I tell them i don't believe in God, in nigeria do people stigmatize atheists the way they stigmatize sickle cell oatients and HIV patients?

Pls help me. I don't know what to do. And I can't go to church, I sleep off very easily in any church , cos what they say doesn't make a grain of sense to me.

I have a christian friend, he hates going to church and he isn't an atheist.


Why don't you try going to mosque?

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Re: How Do I Tell People I Am An Atheist? Help! by Nobody: 6:33am On Jun 14, 2015
LOL! I'm not an atheist but there was a day I had an argument with a friend.
I was like, "do you know that some people don't believe in God?".

He replied, "who in his right mind won't believe in God?"....the person must be insane.

I shooked my head... I wonder how they/he'll behave when confronted by an atheist.

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Re: How Do I Tell People I Am An Atheist? Help! by frank317: 6:55am On Jun 14, 2015
I stopped going to church a long time ago and like Alfasltzer said, I tried minding my business and allowing religious people do their thing. But its just too hard around here. I just wanted to be myself but Christians wouldn't let me be.

They antagonized me and whispered behind my back. They probbed and said they would pray for me. Some engaged me.

Then I turned against them. I challenged them and asked them questions. I could engaged in argument with their pastors or even 15 theists. I tore down their walls of belief and sowed seeds of doubts.

They saw who I was for real and now try so hard not to argue with me. They let me be.

I am free, I love who I am now. They see me, they know I am happy, they want to find a reason to see that I suffer because I don't believe in God. If I get a knife cut, thy say it's because I didn't pray.... But I don't relent, I remind them of the head ache thy has two days ago. I remind them that they just returned from the burial of a relative.

They pull back again. They want their God to hurt me, they are not comfortable that I am walking a healthy man even though I don't believe in God. They wonder... I know they doubt too.

They are just confused and they know it... They just don't want to be confused alone.

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Re: How Do I Tell People I Am An Atheist? Help! by malvisguy212: 6:57am On Jun 14, 2015
ibkgab001:
My brother same here .. but i fully believe in God and 100 percent sure there is God ... but i hate to see the sinners pretending as saint in church
are you a righteous man? Why do you called them sinner? It is better you serve God from your heart,preach the word, do your time and leave.

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Re: How Do I Tell People I Am An Atheist? Help! by fatdon2(m): 7:24am On Jun 14, 2015
Just Passing By...

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Re: How Do I Tell People I Am An Atheist? Help! by Dekatron(m): 7:33am On Jun 14, 2015
Dapo777,see,your situation kinda like mine:I AM A STUDENT & MY PARENTS ARE SOOO RELIGIOUS.

Now,listen every body : menesheh,alfaseltzer et al:

Last week Wednesday,between 9-12 am,i was in the lecture theater(actually,lecture was slated for 10,but since i slept in the school-- doing some things on my just purchased laptop, i got there before 7.


Now, a nigga sat beside me.... We started from something(cant remember) and then to room mate issh. I told him: I LOVE BEING THE RULE MAKER OF MYSELF. I HATE GETTING TO MY ROOM & START GETTING QUERIED BY ONE BOY THAT IS MY ROOM MATE. I naturally dont like sharing room,not to talk of a stranger. So, i told him : i live alone OFF CAMPUS.

[b]Later, he asked : 'so how is your relationship with God?'. I knew who he was and where he was going. I was happy because finally,i can test all the online arguments on A STRANGER. I told him verbatim : 'Me and GOD,We are cool. He does his & i do mine. We are not fighting & i laughed heartily. He started saying lubbish. Lol... I just sat and listened. My turn :
'YOU SEE, AS YOU SEE ME, I PREFER TO MEDITATE THAN TO PRAY(Meditate : think of positive thingz and relate them to my goals in life. Not Meditating as in _________). I continued : since u asked where we go after death, am telling u, WE GO NOWHERE. you die, you die, you decompose. If there were somewhere we go when we die, how did u know? How many senses do u have? I told him : Listen, in this lecture theater, do u believe ghosts are here that we can't see them, he said No. 'Therefore,we go nowhere'. He asked: why do we die then? I told him : 'IN MY OPINION, WE DIE BECAUSE OF IRREPARABLE ACCIDENT TO THE BODY and DUE TO WEAKENESS OF CELLS(consequently,tissues thus organs). I read years ago(true)about the research of a professor of microbiology that says : JUST LIKE A FIREPLACE,THE MORE YOU BURN WOOD, THE DARKER THE PLACE. THE MORE U USE WET WOODS, THE MORE THE SMOKE. Implies that : The more you CONSUME CARBOHYDRATES,THE WEAKER YOUR MITOCHONDRIA WEAKENS. THE MORE BAD FOOD(WET WOOD)YOU BURN, THE HIGHER THE RATE OF MAXIMUM DAMAGE.Therefore, we die because we probably had an accident that couldn't be treated/reversed by doctors or our cell weakens'[/b]

guys, believe me, THIS GUY FREED ME O. He couldnt bear the logical and provable proof that he had to just let me be. Dapo, let them attack you, just let them know your stand POLITELY. You dont have to flaunt : AM AN ATHEIST infront of every Tom, Dick and Harry. Just be tolerant. Since you don't believe in it & u dont want to be attacked, just shake it off, unless they confront you.

If i switch on my CHRISTIAN MODE : YOUT WONT BELIEVE AM AN ATHEIST. Just dnt sweat it and be careful. When i have sometin to do & they push religion to my face : I BEHAVE LIKE A PASTOR. I NOD MY HEAD AND HELP THEM QUOTE THEIR STORY BOOK CALLED BIBLE.



Peace

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Re: How Do I Tell People I Am An Atheist? Help! by kevoh(m): 7:35am On Jun 14, 2015
The fact that you still depend 100% on your parents for food,accomodation and education is going to make your coming out as Atheist a very difficult one in a country like Nigeria.Trust me, you don't want to be the ostracized one.

But is it really necessary to announce you are atheist? Stick to raising logical arguments only with religious folks, don't go telling every one you are atheist, trust me, these religious folks are the worst sets. They will seek to harm you just to prove there is a dog god.

Till you get a job and become fully independent, just play along. It takes nothing to sit in a boring church service for 2 to 3hrs tongue Infact use that opportunity, to socialize and build your network contacts for the future. You need others (Christian/Muslim/ATR/Budhists) the way they need you too. That person responsible for your job or next 100 million naira contract might just be an old friend you made in that religious institution, you definitely don't want to jeopardize that opportunity by distancing yourself from others because of your personal convictions. Common sense is necessary my brother. Play safe where necessary!

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Re: How Do I Tell People I Am An Atheist? Help! by ibkgab001: 7:56am On Jun 14, 2015
I called them sinners just because they had bad notion about my person ... Remember my bible tells me seek all righteousness
Re: How Do I Tell People I Am An Atheist? Help! by emrain(m): 8:05am On Jun 14, 2015
Dapo777:
I am surrounded by christiañs and Muslims, although i don't care about their religion, but what disconforts me is that i feel scared to tell anyone I am an atheist and they see it as awkward when i tell them I dont go to church and i am a christian undecided The fact I dint go to church , I know how some of them act, how will they act if I tell them i don't believe in God, in nigeria do people stigmatize atheists the way they stigmatize sickle cell oatients and HIV patients?

Pls help me. I don't know what to do. And I can't go to church, I sleep off very easily in any church , cos what they say doesn't make a grain of sense to me.

there's time for everything. wait until you're asked. beliefs don't make a man, deeds do.

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Re: How Do I Tell People I Am An Atheist? Help! by emrain(m): 8:14am On Jun 14, 2015
fatdon2:
Just Passing By...
with a crate of holy water.
Re: How Do I Tell People I Am An Atheist? Help! by Youngzedd(m): 8:42am On Jun 14, 2015
ibkgab001:
My brother same here .. but i fully believe in God and 100 percent sure there is God ... but i hate to see the sinners pretending as saint in church


You're not an atheist.


Ignostic

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Re: How Do I Tell People I Am An Atheist? Help! by macof(m): 10:22am On Jun 14, 2015
FrancisTony:
LOL! I'm not an atheist but there was a day I had an argument with a friend.
I was like, "do you know that some people don't believe in God?".

He replied, "who in his right mind won't believe in God?"....the person must be insane.

I shaked my head... I wonder how they/he'll behave when confronted by an atheist.

That ur friend is insane sha. . Have you told him that?

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Re: How Do I Tell People I Am An Atheist? Help! by Nobody: 10:28am On Jun 14, 2015
macof:

That ur friend is insane sha. . Have you told him that?
I thought you're a theist via African Traditional religion?

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