My best friend is pretty awesome but she doesn't think. She was raised Catholic but doesn't follow anything they believe. She goes to a non-denominational church with her fiancée and his family. We sometimes speak about religion but she & her fiancée usually just agree with me. [I wonder why sometimes they aren't at least agnostics or deists...]
So, yesterday, my other friend Keith who is also an atheist came over to my house. [Lauren was all ready over.] She was talking about the "questions" on facebook and some "which books have you read" question. When I looked at, Lauren had checked off the Bible.
I had to call her out on it. The convo went something like this:
Me: Lauren, you've never read the Bible!
Lauren: I go to church and the preacher explains it for me.
Me: That's like going to a book review and saying because you went, you've now read the book!
Lauren: I've read enough of it to say I have.
Me: Oh yea, how about when god sent those bears to kill 42 children? Wasn't that fun?
Lauren: *eye roll*
Me: I think you really read the Bible, you wouldn't like it
Keith started laughing. He picked up his imaginary "Bible", threw it on the ground, and started stomping the air. The whole time he was screaming "fuck you god!" Lauren didn't think it was too funny but I did.
It got me to thinking about how there are soooo many people out there that claim to have read the Bible. I've never read the entire book but I have read enough to know it's BS. One of the reasons I started doubting Christianity was because I would go home and look up the verses the preacher had talked about in church. Then, I realized that he was taking a lot of verses out of context and they really had nothing to do with what he was trying to preach.
Now, as an atheist, I cannot find reasoning for worshiping something without reading all of the "word".