For mainstream, American Christians, living as a believer means packing God into every nook and cranny. The goal is to push yourself and your natural habits, tastes, desires, and thoughts out. The more visible God is in your life (through bible study, prayer, church, etc.) and the more disciplined you are, the more holy you would become. After such prolonged exposure to God it’s sort of like getting skin cancer if you decide to go tanning and look like an overcooked carrot all year round.
Here’s a perfect example of the vocabulary used to describe The ideal Christian “walk”, life, day, and dreams from KristinaLovesJesus.
What can we learn from this, children? Read on!
To be a great Christian you:
- Praise God in the morning
- Eat Atheists for breakfast
- Don’t think for yourself–think for God
- Pray all day long
- Give up your goals and dreams to your imaginary friend to decide for you.
- Know your apologetics
- Forgo socialization and healthy relationships for mediation, prayer, and spiritual growth.
- Really “feel” God through prayer and devotionals. Cry or it ain’t real!
- Deny and hate being a normal human. Body/flesh is bad. Spirit is good.
- Make a public video telling about all the ways you’re a humble, devoted Christian.
Kristina inspires me to examine my own life and see what about being an atheist makes my daily life different than a Christian’s.
My Daily Heathen Life
As an atheist I…
- Wake up and hit the snooze button as often as possible until I panic about being late.
- Eat babies for breakfast.
- Go to work. In case I feel bored, I pray to no one and ask no one for help feeling motivated because I’m not working for a higher purpose; I’m working to finance my life.
- Make goals for my life based on my interests, better judgment, and fear of failure. They might change because I might change.
- Like Kristina, find myself alone a lot. This is my own damn fault (anyone wanna hang out?).
- Read books on atheism, science, and even novels like *gasp* Harry Potter. I use my intelligence and reading to find meaning in what I read, not an imaginary being I made up.
- Spend a lot of time online blogging, tweeting, reading, conversing with friends, researching, watching media, and absorbing all kinds of random stuff.
- Also like Kristina, I don’t go out and party much because it just isn’t my scene. I’m a pretty chill individual who digs sobriety and dorkishness. This may be why I need more friends.
- Sometimes go on brief walks listening to music, appreciating nature and art. Sometimes I cry when I am overwhelmed by the vastness of the universe and how I am a sentient being able to appreciate and understand any of it.
- Have no problem acting on my own impulses within the measure of control necessary to be a beneficial member of society.
- Try not to be a douchebag, but sometimes I fail. In the end it’s about improving my life so I can improve the lives of those around me, right? Yeah, gotta work on that because I’ve gotten lazy. There’s my “humble heathen” moment for ya.
Just live your life, folks. Don’t live how you think someone else wants you to. Let them, deity or human, life their own lives and get the heck out of yours. Enjoy!