I Got a Bible for Christmas

January 2, 2013 in Bible, Books

And it’s sitting on my nightstand. I have no clue what the heck I’m going to do with it.

My friend gave it to me because she thinks I have God in my heart. And I don’t have God in my heart. I’m an atheist. I can’t very well say that to her, because she would just feel so bad. And I’m not mean or rude about things like this. I respect her beliefs, but I don’t think she knows about mine at all, or she wouldn’t have gotten me a Bible. She pointed me to a passage thingy that said to keep the love of God in my heart. I…don’t know what the heck to do other than keep it and never look at it.

I am in a terrible conundrum.

7 responses to I Got a Bible for Christmas

  1. Why not read it? At least you’ll be able to say you did and thus have a better critical leg to stand on.

    It’s just a book, according your belief, thus you have nothing to fear from it.

    Sure, you might be out some of your time, but it’s for intellectual honesty! So for that alone it wouldn’t be a waste of time.

  2. It’s also an excellent companion book to have alongside you if/when you read any books by Bart Ehrman such as “Jesus, Interrupted” or “Misquoting Jesus” or “Forged”. You’ll want to look up certain passages in the bible after you read a piece in one of his books and think to yourself “no way does the bible say that!”. Oh yes it does.

  3. Crossword puzzles have biblical questions so you can look these up. Of course, you can do that on Google or in a crossword dictionary.

  4. here’s another idea. You could keep it with you and every time you have a moral issue that needs a response and you are not sure what to do, you can check on the bible as a reliable guide to help you come up with the right thing to do. For example, what if your neighbor is being taunted by some kids? What should you do? Perhaps summon a few bears to have the kids ripped to pieces. Sounds like a reasonable measured response to me.

  5. Option: Keep gifts people give to you and say thank you. Don’t do anything with the gift that you want to. Consider telling her you are atheist and you can offer to give her that book back if she wants it back or keep it if you want to read about what you will be confronted with later in conversations about belief and social ideas. Being knowledgable about society is reasonable but it depends on your values to spending the time to study such things.

  6. At least it’s not a Dan Brown novel. You can either keep it or donate to some person or group that would get something out of it. Whatever you do, don’t burn it. That would be a waste.

  7. Dan Brown…(shudder) such an interesting plot wasted by such a writer…

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