So there I was, talking to and having my picture taken with a well-respected leader in my profession at the national conference last week.  She is getting up there in years now, and is a treasure to those of us who use the theories, research, and assessments she developed.

I was waiting to be a guinea pig for one of the tutorials they were putting on at the Expo, when I noticed the lady holding the Bible directly behind me.  She said, "Do you want a Bible?"  I said, "No, thank you.  I've read it.  Twice."  Then she said, "But it's free!"

Apparently I couldn't resist that.  She showed me that the Bible had a part where I could look up a certain issue that I need guidance on, and it will tell me where in the Bible I should go.  The irony here is that I am in the midst of several big changes in my life.  Things are happening.  I have to make some big decisions. I thanked her and turned my attention back to the adjacent booths.

I could not stop myself from saying it because silence must be taken as agreement or acceptance in this case.  I said to the lady, "I have to tell you that I will not read this Bible.  I am an atheist.  I will, however, pass it on to someone who might be able to use it."  

She asked, "How did you come to be that way?"  I said, "I was raised that way."  

"Why?" she asked.  Again, I couldn't help myself.  I gave her the short version: "My mother was abused by her southern Baptist, alcoholic, lay-preacher father."   She replied, "Pray for God to reveal Himself to you."

I said, "That's just it.  Why or how would I pray to something in which I do not believe?  That just doesn't make sense."

By this point, I know it is futile to get her to just accept me as I am without trying to foist her deity on me.  That is alright.  I feel good that I politely made her aware of at least one atheist in her midst, and that she heard some of the damage that can be done in the name of, or at least in connection with, the name of Jesus.  

Anybody want a Bible?  It's free!

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Comment by Emperor Milos on April 29, 2013 at 2:57pm

Only if it's an upside down, Chinese, braille bible with half the pages missing.

Comment by Strega on April 29, 2013 at 4:23pm

When the castor broke on one of my bed legs when I was 16, I discovered that the school bible I'd been given was the perfect width to replace it.  I was approached one day in a pub by a guy who asked me if I read the bible.  I facetiously quipped that I slept on the bible every night.

Lesson 1.  Don't encourage the theist. Lesson learned, wisdom earned.

Comment by _Robert_ on April 29, 2013 at 4:35pm

So are you saying that the Gideon lady checked out, and left it no doubt to help with good Strega's bad bed post...?

Comment by Strega on April 29, 2013 at 4:42pm

Earworm alert!  I'll get you, RobertPiano.

Comment by Diane on April 29, 2013 at 6:01pm

I already have part of one being used as a shim to steady the treadmill.

Comment by SteveInCO on April 29, 2013 at 10:17pm

They give me a warm feeling.

Actually I snagged a Gideon King James Version to add to my collection (I somehow or another didn't have a KJV!) but discovered a month later someone had cut the centers of about 50 pages out no doubt to hide something there.  On a more recent trip I found another Gideon KJV so maybe I will use this one to hide valuables or something.

Comment by Grady Jean on April 30, 2013 at 7:54am

I have an entire box of those damn Gideon bibles. I'm holding onto them just in case I lose power in the winter and need something to start a fire with.

Comment by Unseen on April 30, 2013 at 9:24am

I have a Holy Bible app on my tablet which I haven't used yet, but like my Wikipedia app, it's there in case I want to look a passage up for some reason. If I'm on a computer, it'll be quicker to just google up the passage I'm looking for.


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