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Religious friends and my unease

Posted by Deneb on August 7, 2005, at 11:33:29

This is my very first post on the Faith board. I was weary of posting here because I'm an atheist and I don't want to offend anyone. I got this post checked out first so I hope it is ok. :-)

I sometimes find myself uneasy around people who are very religious. I'm not sure why exactly. I have friend who is very religious. He believes that non believers will go to a bad place after they die. He knows I am a non believer so this means that he thinks I'm going to go to a really bad place one day. How can he continue to be my friend if he thinks this of me? I mean, I would be really upset if I thought a friend was going to go to a really bad place after they die.

I think sometimes I'm weak, I get scared. When people tell me that I'm going to go to a bad place I get scared and upset. I think my imagination gets the better of me, or maybe it is paranoia.

I don't understand people who are extremely religious...I don't understand it at all. I know next to nothing about religions. I really should learn more about the world's religions. It is a very important part of many people's lives.

I hate to think that I can only really be friends with people who are like me. I want to be friends with all people, but I don't know if I can be with friends who think such horrible fates for me. :-( Everything is ok as long as the other person doesn't talk in depth about their beliefs. I just get a little uncomfortable when they do bring it up. I know it shouldn't bother me, but I think it has more to do with what the other person thinks and not that I'm going to go to a really bad place (because I don't believe in a really bad place).

Do I make any sense here?





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