I’ve posted multiple blog entries regarding religion, so it’s important to somewhere mention the following traits I follow. This should have been my very first blog entry.
Any person that follows proper ethics would not need me to say this word-by-word in order to assume that I also follow proper ethics. But for others not so much… This is for them:
You should only directly discuss religion with people that are willing to talk about it at the current moment.
If you're at a family reunion where everyone wants to have a good time; don't bring up atheism *even if they themselves are discussing the contrary*. If the conversation is majorly favoring the religious, and they have not directly asked for your opinion, then don't say anything. Don't butt in on their convos if your point of view specifically is not wanted (unless they are deliberately trying to make you the elephant in the room).
People that you meet for the first time don't have to know your religious view until, for example, you are invitited to their church; or they find this blog.
I have Christian friends, I have a Muslim friend, and I have Christian family members.
If they want to debate religion in a calm, civilized, educated manner then we can talk about it. However, if opposing beliefs is something that will pose a danger to our relationships, then the solution is simple, don’t talk about it.
When your friends or family first find out that your views of reality do not match theirs, the very first questions that you must ask each other is: 1. "Will this affect our relationship?", and 2. "Do you want to talk about it?".
If the first question is answered with 'Yes.' then, you must reject the second question and avoid the subject, period.
I advise everyone to follow the above stated traits. “Everyone” includes both, atheists and religious people.
Don’t sever bonds with the people you love just because of conflicting beliefs.