Just like we said, that they don't try to convert me to Christianity.
These are the things they are juggling in their heads:
1. Those who don't accept Christ as their savior will go to Hell. (the ones I know believe this, I'm not arguing whether it's the case)
2. Friends should care about other friends' futures.
3. Friends should respect other friends' decisions.
It's a delicate balance, and sometimes #3 dominates, like with my friends. Other friends may still pursue it, but not aggressively at all. They know when to back off and let another make their own judgments.
I live in a quite reserved society where all the believers don't believe atheists exist.
So I just never mention my atheism except to my couple close friends, these are agnostic, no trouble.
I was only questioning the believers hypocrisy, if I see my friend stepping on a mine, I just wouldn't let him, respecting ones decision seems futile when it's about death, or spending eternity in hell.
I wouldn't want them to try converting me either, obviously. I just find it absurd either way.
People who "go to church.synagogue,mosque...." are either very stupid uneducated fools, or people in pain/struggle/depression who need support that they cannot get from humans.
Yeah yeah, just to let you know but repeating this tired old line Ad Nauseum doesn't make it so; nor for that matter even prove religious claims are actually false. As a person who claims to trump logic, you should know this.
The smarter you are, the higher education you get, the richer you become, the less likely you would seek to believe in a higher power. Because you would be able to fulfill your basic needs.
It's usually countries, infested by war, poverty, struggle, and illiteracy who have alarmingly high rates of religious people. These people need to believe in something else because their life is worthless, and that is hard to accept.
Which in the end means that disbelief is as much depended on psychological and social factors as religious belief - which means you're full of it as much as any person who goes to church.
Atheism is as much a crutch as any religion, to give people the illusion of intellectual superiority over the "stupid masses". As the old Russian proverb states: He who boasts is most afraid.
I used to go to synagogue a bunch; I went to Jewish preschool and kindergarten, went to hebrew school, had a bar mitzvah, then continued Jewish education until I was 18.
But I fought it the whole time. The older I got, the more I hated it. The day after my bar mitzvah, I made up my mind that I would never participate in religious ceremonies again. I stopped saying prayers (even when literally every single other person in the service was -- something like 2499 out of 2500 people...)
My family friends' parents started getting angry at me because I would stand silently and watch them pray during religious holidays in which I was forced to attend. Bah. Anyway, once I turned 18, I stopped going to any service. I've been to services one or two times since, just by bad luck, and seriously, it is the weirdest experience...
It gives me the chills, to watch thousands of people reciting prayers that they know nothing about. It makes me feel incredibly uncomfortable -- all I keep thinking is...wow, the power of denial affects people so deeply! Religions are just cults, but larger.