I am sending in a proposal to my old church to do 2 bible studies. One will be on gender and the other will be on talking with Atheists/Agnostics. My lover is thinking of doing a bible study (using the actual bible) about how it was more likely the crucifixion took place during the Feast of Tabernacles instead of the Passover.
Here is a draft outline for the A/A talk. Thoughts, comments, cartoons?
Biggest mistake Christians make:
Making assumptions about what A/A people believe or have experienced
-Have everyone share their stereotypes of A/A people
-Share survey data about A/A people
Many A/A are former Christians
-What assumptions do we have of why someone would leave Christendom
-Share survey results of why people actually left
Tips from Alise Wright, a Christian whose husband left the Church after they were married, from Rachael Evan’s blog
1) Don’t assume they are evil.
2) Don’t assume its just a phase, would you want them to call your faith a phase?
3) Don’t say “it takes just as much faith to be an A/A as a Christian”. Many A/A are empiricists. Define ’empiricist’.
4) Don’t assume they weren’t really saved before they became A/A. That is calling them a liar.
5) Don’t assume they are unhappy or have no sense of purpose.
End with call to not make assumptions but ask questions, and to earn the right to ask those questions by just being a friend. Have people share stories. Ask someone to close in prayer.