The other day my fiance came home from work and was telling me about her day. She mentioned that toward of the day a coworker (floater) and herself were were talking and religion was alluded to slightly. That's when this conversation occurred...
Coworker: So, what would I need to do to get you back on our side? (Christian) You already know the Bible really well. (Fiance helped teach Sunday school years ago)
Fiance: Well, I'm really devoted to my God and Goddess and it works for me. (Wiccan)
Coworker: But your so nice and know so much. You'd make a great Christian.
Fiance: No thanks. The more I learned, the more I could see that it wasn't for me. Anyway, I'm happy where I am.
Coworker: What about eternity? Don't you want to go to Heaven?
Fiance: Oh, we don't believe in Heaven or Hell. I believe in reincarnation.
Coworker: How does that work?
Fiance: Well, when you die your soul leaves your body and enters a new one.
Coworker: Well, that doesn't make sense to me.
Coworker: What about your fiance? Surely your worried of being separated.
Fiance: Oh he's an Athiest.
Fiance: He is very logic, science and evidence based.
Coworker: What would it take to convert him?
Fiance: Oh, God would probably have to appear before him, perform amazing acts and tell him this is how you have to live your life.
And then it was time to go. After she told me this story a few thoughts crossed my mind. 1). She was so very nice to get her off her back and do so as nicely as possible. 2). Why do I never get to have any of the fun? I have yet to find myself in a situation where I can have a debate with a Theist. The closest was a few weeks ago. The phone rang and my mom got it. They mentioned they were from a charity I donated to in the past. I talked to them and after I was finished my dad asked who it was. My mom then said, "it's probably one of his Atheist things" (with a little attitude). I then replied that, "It was actually the Defenders of Wildlife Foundation. I am concerned with the well being of of wildlife, and being an Atheist, I know that my species IS NOT the center of the universe." That actually worked quite well, and a received a look that said, "I can think of no reply to that." Surprisingly my dad responded with the simple reply of, "ooh, nice one". lol 3). And finally I asked myself, "How would I have answered the coworkers questions?"
Q: You know the Bible so well.
A: Knowing the Bible is a part of why I don't believe the Bible.
Q: But you're so nice.
A: Proof positive that what you hear said about depressed and angry Atheists is not true.
Q: What would it take to convert you?
A: Here I have to correct my fiance. If it were to be scientifically proven that God exists, then I would believe he exists. If he came to me and proved he was real, I would believe he exists. But this would not convert me to Christianity. Existence alone would not warrant worship for me. For me to become Christian, God would have to come to me,convince me he is God, and also convince me that he had nothing to do with the Bible. Tell me all the horrible, contradicting, twisted, offensive, bigoted, sexist, racist, etc parts of the Bible are a bunch of BS. That he is and always has been a loving, forgiving God and always will be. That would at the very least open the possibility of being a Christian again to me.
Without that assurance I would do one of two things. Admit there's a God, but be a Humanist. Or realize that the same lack of evidence that the Christian God has overcome could , hypothetically, be applied to 'rival gods'. So rather than jumping the gun, I would re-evaluate those again as well.
This need for her to convert raises a few questions in me. 1). Why this need to bolster you numbers and pull from 'rivals'. It makes it all seem more like a silly club than anything serious. Sure I may want to deconvert some, but would never be proactive in it. If they want to try and convert me, I will defend my beliefs and return the favor. But to try to convert me out of the blue, just seems rude to me. Now trying to convert Atheist... 2). The Bible says that blasphemy is the sole unforgivable sin. So to be an Atheist, I maintain that there is no God. So by their own book, I can't EVER be saved. So why bother? 3). Also a large number of us see the evils of the Bible and condemn the God character as the monster he's presented as. So why do they think that proving God to be real would may us convert? Are they following out of simple fear? Is following a monster out of fear really more respectable than not following BECAUSE he's a monster? I'd argue that I'm the one with better morals in that case.
So yes, I wish I was there for this conversation and it never fails to amaze me how little thought/logic is put in to these attempts at proselytizing.