The God freaks dont have enuff sense to leave real people alone, so get used to it. You'll have them ragging you for the rest of your life. some of us learn to lie and pretend we believe. It seems the best way to keep our sanity form the constant harrassment we get from the crazy folks.
Tell then that you dont mind having an educational debate or discussion, but you would rather not be judged and have another point of view shoved in your face. Let them know that you are tolerant and understanding of others' religions and you would appreciate the same in return.
You said it just now, I'm a Christian and I respect your right to believe or not believe in whatever you so want, I'm not offended in anyway and I expect the same to have my freedom as a believer of God
Welcome to the real world of atheism. You will spend a good deal of time trying to be polite, along the way you will learn and develop strong evidence to support your decision not to belief. At some point you will begin to use this knowledge in your defense, then as time goes on you'll begin to use more and you'll become more convincing to those that are pushing their beliefs on you. At this point they will begin to claim you are picking on them for their beliefs and will be seen by them as a bad guy. Theists love to tell you how great their belief is, but don't want to hear your defense of your views. So good luck in your journey of life, and always remember, "To thine own self be true."
Just pretend you're listening ...works for me when dealin with self proclaimed "preachers"!!! I'm not an atheist or a theist....I'm a realist and idk (like everybody else ) how we got here!!! The Ancient Astronaut Theiry make a lot of sense though!
If you tell them you are Atheist they will want to make you "see the light"... so tell them you are a Witch... I actually AM and I can tell you it dumbfounds the heck out of them they *rarely* try to debate with you. <|:)
I have had people tell me simply that they are not believers. I can tell ya one thing tho, before someone can make a decision to believe in it, it has to exist first to even be able to make that decision about. Seems like if doesnt exist to talk about i cant make that decision. Doesnt add up
Tell them you are atheist and like it that way. Most likely they will pitch you with "eternity insurance" "I just like to be safe so I believe." This is a logical fallacy called Pascal's wager- let them know that it is an error in logic because they are not safe from Krishna. Congratulations on being atheist and living a real life.
Look around you! Who made the sun? It comes up every day and sets on time..... Who controls it! People talk to you to help you learn And understand why you fo need to put your trust in Him who created you. God says "he knew you while you were being knitted in your mom's womb! ' Believe it kiddo! There is a God!
I usually just say "no thank you, I'm an atheist". If they persist I follow up with "I respect your right to believe as you wish, now extend me the same courtesy". Pointing out that they are being rude like that usually deters most.
If they still persist, all bets are off and I simply destroy their arguments. The JWs know better than to come to my door anymore.
Back when I still had not fully decided what my thoughts were on the god subject and considered myself agnostic, the Mormons came to my door. I told them I was agnostic and the one guy said "oh i'm sorry", I said "WHAT?! You're sorry?!!" Then proceeded to inform them on what I knew at the time on the subject of god. They pretty much just walked away because they had no defense on the subjects, because they had no knowledge about the history of Christianity.
I m a christian, just for the record that I gave you this advice: tell them you already know about God and if you dont know, you still dont want to know. That will probably NOT make them go away until you tell them to stop and pray because prayer is more effective than talking. By talking, they only annoy you and nothing happens. By praying, they dont bother you and if it will have effect, then it will. You can also add that the more people annoy you about God, the les you want to know of Him. Reorganize and put these words the way you prefer, if the message i the same, then it will probabli work. But one thing that sets them up to non stop talking about God is if someone else talks about God, or keeps talking about God. So you dont provoque them to do that. Gby, Jesus, they and me, all of us love you.
Just tell them that they're not going to change your beliefs, and no one's going to change their's. Ask them to stop trying to force their religion unto you, and ask that you move on to another subject. If they persist, walk away, because they're just not worth the valuable time or oxygen you'd be wasting.