I just can't seem to resist getting into discussions with a certain woman on Facebook. She's not my friend, but she's a friend of a friend, so occasionally we can both comment on the common person's posts.
Yesterday she told me, again, that I'm not an atheist. She says I am an agnostic because I don't think I can know for sure whether or not there is a deity. This is true, but I also don't believe any deity exists. This is a bit of semantics, really, but what I can't get over is the unmitigated audacity of this woman to not only say she is sure what she believes is correct for all of humanity, but also that I am having a double standard by saying my beliefs are more valid than hers.
I do think my beliefs are more valid than hers, but I didn't say that to her. I really don't care what she believes. My point was that I don't want her to include me in her "we" have to love Jesus, or "we" have to read the Bible to know Jesus." No we don't.
From communicating with her before, I know trying to get her to give me the respect she wants from me, and which I believe I have given, is like trying to teach a pig to dance - it doesn't work and it annoys the pig. So I told her she can call me an atheist, agnostic, or unbeliever, as she prefers, and she'd be right! I also confessed that I have never met Jesus. That's really rather the point, isn't it? Truer words were never said.
She said that I've never met her mother, but should I deny her existence? That's just silly. I believe that the overzealous Facebook proselytizer believes in Jesus, and I'm not trying to convince her otherwise. She, on the other hand, "knows" I'm misled and has no qualms about telling me.
I will confess that there is a part of me that wants to say, "Nope! I don't, won't, can't, wouldn't, mustn't believe in your deity," but then I would be accused of protesting too much. It's a tricky game, this being honestly, unapologetically, respectfully atheist/agnostic/unbeliever. Yet, as Martin Luther is said to have uttered, "Here I stand. I can do no other." It was a different issue, but the principles are the same.