Quote# 50460

"Proud to be an Atheist”

...was printed on the bumper sticker I followed for several stop lights a few weeks ago. It was on a pick-up truck driven by a man in his mid-30's. I guess it shouldn't shock me, but yep... it shocks me that someone could believe there was no God. As I followed his truck on my way home from work I just prayed for him. I didn't know what else to do (although I did think about getting into a wreck with him so that I could try and work God into the ensuing conversation). I wanted to talk to him to see if I could reason with him.

If only he knew what I and so many others know to be true.

You know, I'm so blessed to have such great Christian friends and a great Christian family. I think sometimes I'm so surrounded by all those folks that I forget how many people out there are lost and don't know (or refuse to believe) the salvation that is so easily available to them.

It reminded me that this is why we do what we do [at the Church]. We should be reaching out to people like this in creative, compelling, and non-judgmental ways every chance we get; not just at the Church but in our everyday lives. Jesus has called us to be fishers of men (note He didn't say "catchers of men"). We should leave the catching up to God, but we have the responsibility to continuously cast our line out there.

I feel such a passion for this. I'm totally serious here... I was actually trying to figure out how I could talk to this guy! If I didn't think he'd punch me for wrecking his truck I probably would've done it!

John Bartlett, Barlay Brainstorm 64 Comments [10/23/2008 7:14:45 PM]
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Tom S. Fox

"I didn't know what else to do (although I did think about getting into a wreck with him so that I could try and work God into the ensuing conversation). I wanted to talk to him to see if I could reason with him."

You are the one who can't be reasoned with!
Get mental help! Seriously!

10/23/2008 7:15:52 PM

Zero

Nutjob: "Oh man! I am so sorry I hit you! How could this have happened? The Lord works in mysterious ways!"

Normal dude: "Uhh yah, apparently so do your brakes. Lets exchange insurance info while I get the cops on the phone."

10/23/2008 7:20:07 PM

Poppy Pomfrey

You're nuts! Just go ahead and get into random car "accidents" with people! Hope you are insured - or maybe god will take care of that!
What an idiot, and you talk about reasoning!

Additionally i want to comment that I NEVER feel the urge to cause accidents with people who have cars with christian bumper stickers! (and where I live, I see those all the time, haven't seen one for athesits yet.)

10/23/2008 7:20:37 PM

Lucilius

Here's a tip: Try placing your head under his tire as he cruises along at 45 mph. If you reeeeeeeeaaaaalllly have enough faith in Jebus, he'll save you, right? Then you'll have a nice conversation-starting miracle to start your spiel with.

And if it doesn't work, then you were wrong anyway. Either way, the guy in the truck wins.

10/23/2008 7:20:58 PM

Asuka

While the thing about the car accident is pretty out there (dude, let it go O_o), this really isn't that crazy-fundie.

10/23/2008 7:26:04 PM

Amanda

"I didn't know what else to do (although I did think about getting into a wreck with him so that I could try and work God into the ensuing conversation). I wanted to talk to him to see if I could reason with him."

I'm going to forward this to your insurance company. :-)

10/23/2008 7:31:23 PM

Shadoboy

Meh, this guy seems to be pretty okay. He beleives but he isn't an asshat like others we have seen.

On another note, the alegory of "Fisher of men" is a bit disturbing to me; don't fisher catch fish so they can eat them?

10/23/2008 7:31:49 PM

spoonorca

Shadoboy: Hm true. I mainly submitted this for the whole car-wreck thing

10/23/2008 7:32:51 PM



You're a menace to society and should be locked up.

10/23/2008 7:36:54 PM

Elphada

What will you do if you kill somebody? You're a serious nut case.

10/23/2008 7:41:02 PM

Doctor Whom

As an evil atheist with no morals, I don't share this temptation to cause deliberate car wrecks just so I can lecture the other drivers.

10/23/2008 7:41:26 PM

SurfinSeaOtter

I wouldn't have punched you... I'd have sued you for assault and for violating my 1st amendment right to freedom of my religion (or lack there-of)

10/23/2008 7:42:33 PM

Observable Reality

This adds more meaning to that bumper sticker that The Onion sells that reads "Jesus is my car insurance."

10/23/2008 7:42:46 PM

Smells Like a Monkey

I don't know what bothers me more about this post:

1. That this nutter "followed his truck"
2. The idea of purposefully getting into a car crash was introduced
3. The condescending tone of the entire post

ARRGGGHHH!

10/23/2008 7:45:29 PM



Passenger: Captain! Atheist 12 o'clock!
John: Ack! Ramming speed! Bible at the ready, first mate!

10/23/2008 7:48:52 PM

breakerslion

"(although I did think about getting into a wreck with him so that I could try and work God into the ensuing conversation). I wanted to talk to him to see if I could reason with him....If I didn't think he'd punch me for wrecking his truck I probably would've done it!"

Don't bother talking, you can't. Reasoning with another person requires that you first have a modicum of reason yourself. The ideation above would suggest otherwise.

10/23/2008 7:49:48 PM

athiest

athiests don't need or seek salvation
we don't feel like we are missing out
our lives are pleasant because we have better reasons to live and exhibit kindness-
without fairytales
so we certainly do not need to be sought out and 'fished' by religious fanatics in the name of a salvation that we would rather do without-
please leave your car in the garage

10/23/2008 7:49:54 PM



If I didn't think he'd punch me for wrecking his truck I probably would've done it!

If that's morals I'll stay an atheist, thank you very much.

10/23/2008 7:50:07 PM

Blackclaw

This is why I don't put bumper stickers on my car.

(Although those Cthuthu stickers are awfully cute...)

10/23/2008 7:51:28 PM

Mayhem

If you purposefully hit my car just to preach to me, you'd better believe you'd be talking about god. In fact, you'd be screaming for him as I raped you with my tire iron.

10/23/2008 7:55:55 PM

toothache

What the hell!

10/23/2008 7:57:57 PM

aaa

Q: What happens when you ram MY car on purpose?

A: You get hot lead at your face.

10/23/2008 8:06:27 PM

Brain_In_A_Jar

I did think about getting into a wreck with him so that I could try and work God into the ensuing conversation.

Somebody take this man's driving license. Now.

10/23/2008 8:09:16 PM

Doctor Whom

I wouldn't have punched you... I'd have sued you for assault and for violating my 1st amendment right to freedom of my religion (or lack there-of)

Assault, yes, but First Amendment rights aren't enforceable against private parties except in unusual circumstances in which they wield government power or otherwise stand in its place.

10/23/2008 8:14:46 PM

Grigadil

I gotta admit, whenever I see an obvious Christard vehicle/driver combination obstructing progress on the freeway, I wish I had an M79.

10/23/2008 8:19:54 PM

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