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  • Actually most people that don't "believe" also don't like to hear people preach to them about god. (I am a believer, just saying) Unless they bring it up, or ask about your religion, etc, I'd keep my mouth shut. These days people get too offended at stuff like that.
  • Don't bother. We're not stupid. We don't live in a bubble. Believe it or not, but we have heard of Christianity and Jesus and God and Talking Snakes and all that bs. A lot of us actually know more about the bible than Christians do. We just DON'T BELIEVE it. The sooner you get that into your skull, the happier everyone will be. If someone asks you, specifically, about your beliefs that's fine. But if you crowbar your beliefs into everything people will get, quite rightly, totally pissed off with you.
  • There is no good way to talk to an athiest (or anyone) about religion without their consent. If you don't, you're preaching... and no one likes being talked at. If you want a social life, especially with people with all kinds of beliefs, try keeping off that topic unless they bring it up first.
  • If I was your friend, I would use it as a chance to make you realize the truth that god doesn't exist. I am up for a good debate, you see. But once one person gets angry, the whole thing spirals into a pile of crap. No reason to get angry at viewpoints which are different.
  • The same as a non-believer talking to a believer. - - Make sure they are open to a discussion. - Don't judge them. - Be understanding of their position. - Know that simply because your belief system works for you, it may not be for everybody. - I find that a lot of believers (non-believers too) make the mistake of attaching the belief system to the person. I can respect you as a person, while thinking that your belief system is silly.
  • On the day you reach perfection, you will be qualified and at liberty to speak with anyone you wish. In the meantime, I urge you to work on the perfection part of your task.
  • Let the atheists alone. They pray to their own God.
  • Wait for them to ASK you what you believe. Do not volunteer it. You see what you are doing as an act of love. They see it as an intrusion and resent it. This is not the way to get anyone to listen to you. EDIT: I read other answers and see that this is not about missionary work. Sorry. But it still largely applies. You might also tell your friend that it is a matter of respect to either stop attacking your personal belief system, or listen to you voice your own beliefs and be open for discussion. It really is a matter of respect, isn't it?
  • The best way to go about talking to a non-believer is the same way you do with a believer. Don't talk show with actions and kindness. Jesus was friends with non-believers and believers alike. One of my close friends is not only a non-believer but excommunicated! We get along fine. I even ask his advice on the bible from time to time cause he knows it better than me. He helps me to strengthen my faith as odd as that sounds. To be honest I haven't meat anyone here like that. So I just don't talk about it.
  • What's your motive? Do you have something to sell? Is your belief system strong enough that you can listen to, understand and accept why someone doesn't share it and still remain civil and open? In a previous question and its comments you kept using the term "True Christian"--did you ever understand why I and others disagreed with you on your terminology? I'm not saying agreed with us, but listened to, understood and accepted why we disagreed with you. If not, you're going to have lots of non-believers being unhappy with you.
  • From a distance of at least one mile.
  • Listen more than you talk. The people who get mad are probably feeling ignored. And the best way to get them to listen, is to listen yourself. This goes for communicating with anybody that disagrees with you for any reason. It is a shame that some people can't be mature enough to really listen without getting angry, atheists and believers alike.
  • You only talk to them about your views if they ask or seem interested in them. This is KEY! If someone doesn't want to hear, it sounds like you are forcing your beliefs on them. Also, I suggest not telling them they are WRONG. No one likes hearing they are wrong and I imagine you'd get in quite the sparring match. Finally, listen to their beliefs as well without getting mad or pointing out what you believe to be flaws due to your own beliefs. That will let them know you are just as open to their ideas as you want them to be to yours.
  • Just say- " this is what i believe, but i could be wrong" by the way u r wrong.
  • Don't tell them what they ought to do or believe. Express beliefs as such, not as facts. Don't threaten them with hells that are in your belief, not theirs Present your own beliefs, with which they can argue, not the dogma of your church, with which they cannot. But generally, keep the discussion in the format of a debate. Neither side should ever say the other is obviously wrong. But when you have reached a point of factual disagreement (e.g. whether or not Jesus rose from the dead), once you have realised it, leave that point and move on.
  • Start by acknowledging all the hypocrits and sinners who claim superiority by virtue of their beliefs.
  • cause they got low self esteem so it makes them feel good to put other people down.
  • I'd start with, "While I respect that we have different beliefs and views, here is what I believe..." and "If we can't be civil and respect each other's beliefs, then maybe we shouldn't talk about it.". Good luck. :)
  • Just talk and don't sound persuasive. Asking questions about why they don't believe isn't talking, that is persuasion.
  • Just tell them you're worried about their soul and you don't want to see them burn in hell for their heathen ways.
  • Don't judge them and don't get upset, agree to disagree.
  • Avoid using the words "Jesus says you're going to hell unless..." If the expression of your views is anything pertaining to fire, brimstone, sin, or judgment, we don't want to hear about it.
  • Be prepared to accept that your god may be as fictional as you consider every other god, goddess or pantheon to be...
  • I can't think of anything except maybe if their willing to listen for money.
  • YOU CAN'T
  • All you can do is express your point of view. We each have to decide what we want. Non believers have their own agenda - what they believe may be right for them - sometimes you have to accept that. But what they know to be true will hurt them in the end - all we can do is pray for them.
  • Like with any other topic and person - they have to be interested in having the conversation. And you have to open to having a conversation. I can't imagine that many people would be interested in being lectured about your beliefs. +5
  • Talk about it normally. You can't control what people will think or do, that is up to them. Some you can literally beat a bible down their throats and they will not get angry at all. Some you just have to say "I'm Christian" and they will get so angry they can't contain themselves. It sucks, but it's true.
  • Have you tried using hand puppets??? Sorry to be silly but nothing else seems to work.
  • You might start by making sure they're interested in hearing and discussing your views, and that you're willing to listen to theirs...if they're not interested, keep your mouth shut; nobody likes to be preached at...
  • You need to realize that some people are unreasonable and unfriendly. Everyone needs to realize that there are many differing beliefs but NO ONE can prove theirs, one way or the other. As soon as someone takes a stand and claims their beleif system is the right one, the conversation is over and it morphs into arguments and insults. I've had awesome conversations with people who believe the complete opposite of what I do and we've come away valuing eachothers views and friendships more than we previously did. THOSE are the people you need to be discussing religion with.

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