The reason you cant explain it to someone else is because you yourself have a skewed perception of what atheism actually is, dont point out a splinter in someone else's eye when you have a log in yours. we've had this discussion before.
Atheism doesn't exist. It's mans cob out just to get people to leave them alone. I guarantee you put an so called atheist in harms way the first person they'll cry out to is God. The bible tells us God has written His laws in the hearts of every man, woman, and child.
Atheism is not having a belief in God. From me personally as a believer in God : I feel that the Bible says a person that hears about God and willfully rejects Him : will be separated from God and enter hell. I want everyone in Heaven because hell is a horrible place. Believe it or not : I just want the best for you. I really do.
Atheism and atheists are two different things, as we know. I in no way believe in atheism. And, my purpose in saying that is not to offend, but, rather to differenciate between a person and a belief, or non-belief as they sometimes call it. There are so many precious qualities in people. They belief what they believe, yes. But, I have seen that on both sides of the fence, atheist and christian, compassion for the human is so oftentimes not evident. It is easy to see, for example, that many atheists on Ask are very concerned for young people. I, personally, am on the very opposite side of the fence when that concern is expressed from a point of view that God is not real, or worse yet, how horrible He is in the view of some people. But, these same people, who call themselves atheists, I do believe are many times as concerned for young people, as the strong hearted christian. And, I would just like to let them know, that it does show that they care. Many sound so angry, yes, and it is hard for me to even read some of the things stated at times. But, people in every area of life have feelings and if we can do our best to remember the value of the person even if we totally (below)
I think many people have a skewed perception of atheism for the same reason many people have a skewed perception of christianity. While there are highly intelligent, dedicated people in each group, there are also well-meaning, misinformed people spouting hurtful remarks meant only to attack and not help. I'm a Christian and while I don't agree with atheism, I would rather have a civil, if not friendly, debate than snarl and insult each other. I think I would have a better chance of convincing you and I would process your beliefs better in that situation.
Atheism is in fact a Religion. You have a skewed perception of what the word Religion means. Let me enlighten you: a Religion is a group of people adhering to a specific set of beliefs and or practices. To simply believe that there is no God is not to be Religious, likewise, to believe that there is a God is not to be Religious. To take that belief and place it upon the eyes of multiple individuals, to adhere to rules, then in fact creates a Religious body.
They live in their own little bubbles of religion, never questioning or looking for other perspectives. Atheists have a unique perspective, because we ussually start out religious and study other religions as we evolve towards atheism, so we tend to be more historically and religiously educated.
I think people see Atheists for what they are; people who don't have ties to any religion (or am I misunderstanding it?). If anything, it's the Muslims & Christians who are misunderstood. Everyone seems to think that all Muslims are terrorists, & everyone seems to think that going to Church on a weekly basis makes you a Christian.