A couple of years ago, I attended a concert organized by a friend. I was seated next to a lady in her thirties. She was quite chatty and readily told me about the run of bad luck that had befallen her, after I commented on her bandaged and swollen hand. Oh yes, she had burnt her hand on the pot while cooking. She continued to explain that it was really bad luck, because she had just recovered from an accident in which she rolled and wrecked her vehicle. She was also having trouble at work and was lonely and unable to find a partner. I kid you not, she went on and on about how bad she had it. After sharing all of this with me, she told me that God had carried her through all of this and which church did I attend? I told her that I was an atheist. She moved her chair away from me and asked in dismay "Why? What went wrong in your life?"
Well now. I was astounded! Clearly God hadn't particularly blessed her and I wasn't missing out on anything! I honestly didn't know how to respond, so I just said that nothing went wrong, I was very happy and that she only believed in God because her parents raised her that way and if she was raised in an Islamic household, she would be a Muslim today. I also tried to pacify her by saying I wasn't evil or anything, because the way she moved that chair away from me left marks on the floor. I seem to recall that she said she would pray for me and I responded, snippily, "you do that".
After that incident, I often wondered how I should have responded. I still don't really know, but I have gone through many possible answers over the years. Recently I've come accross several references to Christians who think that thinking is bad. Yes, I know.
So my current reason, if asked, is that I enjoy thinking. Therefore, any group that prohibits thinking is a group that I intend to avoid. The church expected me to pay money to be told that the worst thing that happened in the history of mankind was when two naked people gained some knowledge and I simply cannot, in good conscience, subscribe to that.
I'll see how that one goes down.