What Does a Non-Christian Look Like?

A Sunday School teacher I know has to follow the basic curriculum set by her church. How she presents the material is up to her.

Recently, her 3rd and 4th 5th and 6th grade students were told to draw pictures of what people look like when they have Christ versus when they don’t. They were given a blank “gingerbread man” type outline (below) and told to fill it in.

Gingerbread_Template

Think about that for a moment.

How can you tell if people are Christian (or not) just by looking at them?

You can’t.

And the Sunday School teacher knew this. She wasn’t a fan of the assignment, but she had to teach it. So she spent some time stressing to the kids that they cannot know if someone is a fellow Christian simply because of how they look.

At least one of the children missed that point.

Here’s the picture he drew of someone who has Christ in his life:

Christlike

Let’s see here…

Holding a cross.

Saying, “I LOVE GOD!!” (They teach the Christian kids to use ALL CAPS when making their points early in life, I see).

And what’s that in his hand…?

Oh. My. God.

It’s a banana.

Ray Comfort has invaded the church.

Ok, ok. Enough of that. What did this child draw on the person who didn’t have Christ in his life?

UnChristLike

Wow.

Drugs in the form of alcohol.

Barbed wire tattoo.

Crazy wild hair.

Unibrow (truly the mark of an atheist).

Cigarette in hand.

Brow piercing.

Multiple, asymmetric ear piercings.

A mouth “cussing! God isn’t real!”

No sleeves (because we all know sleeves are too damn Christian for us).

The guy’s clothes aren’t even colored in all the way! (What’s up with that?)

In my friend’s defense, she was appalled by this. She did what she could to teach the kids that the very idea of drawing these images was misleading from the start. Christians, atheists, and people of faith come in all types. You can’t label people unless you talk to them and find out what they believe.

Somehow, though, this kid has these perceptions. He got them from somewhere. Maybe his parents. Or church. Or Kirk Cameron.

Is it any surprise that so many children from religious households grow up to fear atheists?


[tags]atheist, atheism, Christian, Jesus[/tags]

  • prokop

    That second picture looks like a lot of the Christians that went to Sandburg.

  • http://humanistmama.blogspot.com HumanistMama

    My son walked up as I was reading this post. As I scrolled down, he saw the picture of the person without Christ and he said, “Hey, that guy looks cool.” Funny, I doubt the child who drew the picture thought the same thing. :)

  • Kate

    sigh.

    Thankfully THAT teacher is working to fight the system of hate from the inside…but…it makes me sad when I think of how many of her fellow teachers approached the lesson from a very different way.

    This reminds me of Erik’s mom’s reaction when he “dropped the A-bomb”. She said, “But…Kate can’t be an atheist! She’s so nice! And we get along! It’s impossible!”

    I swear he’s the milkman’s kid.

  • Lunigma

    So apparently all Atheist’s are Punk Rockers, and I thought I was the only one.

  • Aj

    That’s cute. The child has obviously been told what things are “bad” and then told that atheists are “bad”. And who goes around telling little kids that people with unibrows are untrustworthy in the 21st century*?

    I’m suspicious of the guy with a cross and a banana in his hands. What the hell is he going to do with them? Apparantly Christian = male pattern baldness and combovers!

    My brother swears, likes a drink, a smoke, has tattoos, piercings (used to have 5 in one ear, 4 in the other), crazy hair, and he doesn’t like sleeves. I’m pretty sure it has nothing to do with a lack of Jesus.

    Teacher, who are we going to be taught to hate today?

    *I recall superstitions from over a century ago and further about people with unibrows being stupid and criminals

  • http://flowerdust.net Anne Jackson

    Hrmmm…

    I drink.
    I have 3 tattoos.
    I have (had) 7 piercings.
    I used prescription drugs (inappropriately)

    and I have even worn sleeveless shirts.

    We won’t even go to the state of my hair :)

    I don’t even like bananas.

    Oh, and I’m a PK and I work at a church.

    And a Christ follower.

    I think it’s funny that most “post moderny” types of Christians actually TRY and look like that bottom guy. :)

  • http://unorthodoxatheism.blogspot.com Reed Braden

    That kid just drew me with red hair and piercings! I always carry around my bottle of drugs and he even got my catch-phrase right: “CUSSING! GOD ISN’T REAL!!!”

    I want to meet this kid.

  • http://faithsucks.com Shaze

    I think I can help to explain this one:

    That because Drugs, Math, Piercings, Tattoo’s, Science, Sex, Alcohol and a healthy hatred for Religion are what help people define their individuality. “Sinning” helps to promote an open mind, inner peace and self respect. It is only when one can master each of the aforementioned “sins” that one can attain a good disapline of the mind. You know, the ability to question things and make sense of them, without needing to beleive.

    I think that these indoctrinated values are now an Athiest’s greatest weapon against the ignorance taught to kids. Who doesn’t want to get high? Have anal sex with strange attractive people?

    Or get drunk and do something stupid, I mean, you only live once right?

  • http://unorthodoxatheism.blogspot.com Reed Braden

    Sorry… I meant to say beat this kid.

  • http://faithsucks.com Shaze

    Anne Jackson:

    Now all you need is a guy/girl to screw your brains out and you can drop the stupid religion!

    You single? :D

  • http://godlesswasatch.blogspot.com John Moeller

    I know that the first thing that I did when I became an atheist was to get a bad tribal tattoo and an eyebrow ring.

  • CJ

    Sad, but true. I think that picture is pretty much exactly what I would have drawn at that age.

  • http://flowerdust.net Anne Jackson

    I’ve been married for four and a half years, so I got that department taken care of :)

  • http://globalizati.wordpress.com globalizati

    You didn’t mention how cute and sweet this particular Sunday School teacher is…

    I mean, not that that’s relevant, at all.

  • Palavras

    CJ, why does your name have to be CJ…?

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  • http://sadcrc.wordpress.com Calvin Moore

    Interestingly, in preparation for our panel discussion, “LOST: a candid conversation with those outside the church about those inside the church” here at Rochester College, I asked people on camera how their church characterizes “lost” people. Their answers were very much along the same lines. I’m uploading the first of two to our website tonight and the answer to THAT question will be up within the next couple of days. It really is sad that simply because a person is not a Christian they are generally characterized as “everything that’s wrong with the world.” Hopefuly–HOPEFULLY!–on November 12, we can open some eyes and change some perceptions. YHWH’s pax.

  • Richard Wade

    Waaaaiit a minute! This is a put-on, right? These don’t look like they were drawn by a 3rd or 4th grader. I really can’t believe the banana is not an adult’s satirical comment. Every word is spelled correctly with the exception of an extra “e” in piercing. The labeling includes both printing and cursive handwriting. Kids don’t generally mix them. The coloring looks like an adult’s level of skill trying to look like a kid’s level of skill, and never, ever have I seen any kid use a “Y” shaped crease to represent the fleshy dimples in an open hand. That’s a very sophisticated detail and they’re in both drawings.

    Hemant, you say you know this unfortunate Sunday school teacher, but do you know the “provenance” of the drawings? I think this is a complete adult’s fake or the kid was heavily helped and coached by an adult.

  • http://paxnortona.notfrisco2.com Joel Sax

    Oh my. I don’t drink, smoke, pierce, or have tattoos. THAT makes me a Christian?

    I grew up in a Catholic family and one of the things that we used to think really set up apart from the Protestants was that ~we~ could drink and dance. Unfortunately, drinking made me depressed so I lost my cultural Catholic status.

    (Currently I am agnostic. I don’t do those things because they’re bad for my body. It’s simple, secular sanity.)

  • Mriana

    Oh brother! :roll: You know, I’ve seen some [supposed] Christians down here look like the second dude. They’re also called rednecks. I think you’ve seen them. They were on that Creation Video, where the monkey slapped the human and said “Blasphemy”. Yup! That’s them. :lol:

  • http://emergingpensees.com Mike C

    I think it’s funny that most “post moderny” types of Christians actually TRY and look like that bottom guy. :)

    Yep :)

  • Maria

    In my friend’s defense, she was appalled by this. She did what she could to teach the kids that the very idea of drawing these images was misleading from the start. Christians, atheists, and people of faith come in all types. You can’t label people unless you talk to them and find out what they believe.

    I totally agree. too many people label those that are different from them. it’s a shame they’re trying to push that to kids

  • http://chaseandsam.com Chase

    I know of no church whatsoever where the Sunday school teachers are “required” to teach everything that is contained in the curriculum. I suppose that it is possible for such a church to exist, of course, but I think that your friend may be operating under some misconceptions.

    I think that this experiment could easily be reversed by asking the children of certain atheists what a Christian looks like, and what a rational thinking atheist looks like. Perhaps the Christian would be drawn as somehow mentally deficient or crazed, and the atheist would have the banana and some symbol of logic and intelligence in his other hand. We all have our prejudices, don’t we – and I constantly see Christians portrayed online as mean-spirited, authoritarian, arrogant, deluded and stupid. Just as some Christians portray atheists as immoral evil-doers who are to be shunned. I’m not saying that it’s all the same, but I do believe we can stand a bit more passionate and friendly challenge between each other, vs. the invective that has come to characterize the online atheist vs. Christian debate. For a good example of this, listen to the Richard Dawkins vs. John Lennox debate – here you’ll hear one of the best spokesman for atheism outlining his case skillfully, and a fully committed Christian (and Oxford prof with three doctorates) defending his faith with rationality and intelligence.

    Give it a listen:
    http://richarddawkins.net/article,1707,n,n

    On another note, a commenter above expresses her gratitude that the Sunday School teacher, in telling the kids that they can’t tell who’s a Christian and who isn’t by the way that they look, is fighting a “system of hate”. The implication here is that the assignment represents, somehow, a system of hate. Without having the curriculum in front of us, we can only argue from silence, of course – but “system of hate” here appears to be needlessly hyperbolic, especially lacking the lesson in question.

    There are churches out there that do come close to being promoters of a “system of hate” but when they do so, they betray the very same master they proclaim to serve.

  • AcidMetalSpike

    To be fair I think some of those kids have a point. I’m an atheist, but you can often tell A Christian from looking into their eyes. They look at peace within themselves because they have The Answer. You look at some people like me and you can see we are no good. I drink, I cuss, I am all messed up in my head, I’m my own worst enemy. Sometimes I wish I had The Answer but religion isn’t for me. I hate going to church and singing hymns. If it was possible to be a Christian without doing all that stuff or believing in God or reading the Bible I’d probably become one because I would like to have that look in my eyes and be at peace within. I think it would be great if the whole world was Christian and we could all have that look and that feeling inside. I’m sick of all the fighting and war. I’m weary inside. I miss my parents and my little dog Chippie. He was the best friend I ever had. The only one who ever loved me unconditionally. Sometimes I wish little Chippie and I could be together again and maybe become Christians but not join any particular church, but just have that feeling inside which Christians have.

  • http://www.redmountainsw.com/wordpress/ Chui Tey

    For a moment, I thought the kid wrote “I love GOP” – I thought, gee these politicians are marketing to kids now.

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  • http://davebabbitt.org Dave Babbitt

    A scripture comes to mind:

    “I don’t make decisions the way you do!
    Men judge by outward appearance,
    but I look at a man’s thoughts and intentions.”
    1Sa 16:7b

  • http://vollman.blogspot.com Robert V

    Nothing says atheism like unibrows.

  • http://olvlzl.blogspot.com/ olvlzl, no ism, no ist

    Yes, pretty nasty and bigoted. It’s immoral to raise children with the mental illness of bigotry.

    Now, Hemant, compare with some of the images you’ve posted. Any questions?

  • http://thisislikesogay.blogspot.com Duncan

    Aj, “I recall superstitions from over a century ago and further about people with unibrows being stupid and criminals”

    That wasn’t a “superstition.” That was science. The “criminal type” was one of the types that modern scientific medicine had learned to recognize, along with the Invert, the New Woman, the Negro, the Jew, and the Masturbator.

  • ESVA

    You said that your friend “wasn’t a fan of the assignment, but she had to teach it.” Excuse me, had to teach it? Why? Were the Sunday School police observing her class and comparing her actual lesson presentation to the formal one-size-fits-all curriculum published by Scripture Press or some other Christian big-box publishing house? In my days as a Sunday School Superintendent (who oversaw the teachers), I always encouraged my teachers to adapt the lessons to their groups, never to follow the printed words slavishly. If your friend didn’t like the assignment, she should have skipped that part, or God forbid! devised an alternative activity!

    Your friend is probably a great person: sincere, kind, etc., but her approach to this assignment demonstrates exactly what’s wrong with much Christian “thinking.” Even though she had questions, she nevertheless followed the authority of the text and did what she was told to do. Thinking for herself stopped short of actually taking any action based on her thoughts. The Christian church, whether intentionally or not, fosters exactly this sort of unquestioning submission to its authority.

    The lesson plan looks bonkers to me, but I’ll follow it anyway. . . My pastor knows zilch about biology, but he says evolution is dead-wrong, so I’ll take his word for it. . .My husband and I already have four kids and can’t support another one, but the Pope says birth control is unchristian, so we’ll either stop having sex altogether, or take our chances on another pregnancy. . ..

    I really look forward to the day when religion goes away.

  • http://globalizati.wordpress.com globalizati

    Richard Wade,
    I think it may make more sense if you knew the class was 5th-6th grade instead of 3rd-4th. I can vouch for its authenticity. Of course, my anonymity may not do much for ya :-)

  • Joseph R.

    I agree with Richard Wade.

  • esva

    You said that your friend “wasn’t a fan of the assignment, but she had to teach it.” Excuse me, had to teach it? Why? Were the Sunday School police watching her and comparing her actual presentation to the formal, printed, one-size-fits-all curriculum typically sold by Scripture Press and other big-box Christian publishers? In my days as a Sunday School Superintendent, I always encouraged my teachers to adapt the lesson plans to their groups and to avoid following the printed words slavishly. If your friend didn’t like that assignment, she should have skipped it, or, God Forbid! devised an alternative activity. Her effort to undo the damage caused by the activity was admirable, but the damage should never have been inflicted in the first place. Prevention is more effective than remediation.

    Your friend is probably a great person: sincere, kind, etc., but her approach to this assignment demonstrates exactly what is wrong with much Christian “thinking.” Even though she had misgivings, she went along and accepted the authority of the text, and did exactly what she was told to do. Her thought process stopped short of actually taking any action based on her own ideas. The Christian church (whether intentionally or not can be debated) fosters exactly this kind of submission to its authority.

    This lesson idea looks bonkers to me, but it’s in the book, so I’ll implement it anyway. . . .My pastor knows zilch about science, but he says evolution is dead-wrong, so I’ll take his word for it. . . .My husband and I have four kids and can’t afford to support any more, but the Pope says birth control is sinful, so we’ll either stop having sex altogether or risk another pregnancy. . . .

    The insanity never stops. Stories like this make me long for a day when all religions will simply go away and leave people alone to use their minds rationally, as god (if he/she/it is out there, or in here, or somewhere else) intended.

  • Adam

    Nice jab at Kirk Cameron. He has gone pretty extreme in his TBN-style Christianity, and maybe he has contributed to this child’s drawings. But he did use to be an atheist before he became a Christian.

  • Richard Wade

    globalizati, if the kid is in 5th to 6th grade level the authenticity is a little easier to accept, but the banana is still too much for me. If I wanted to draw a mockery of a stereotypical Christian (which I wouldn’t do) I would definitely include a banana. The Comfort/Cameron “Ad Musa” (Argument from Banana) is so hilariously asinine that they’ll never live it down. Maybe the kid has a little of his tongue in his cheek? …Naw, that’s a bit sophisticated even for a 6th grader. I can accept your vouching, globalizati, but I suspect there was at least adult input.

    It just dawned on me how absurd it is to argue over the authenticity of this as if it’s a suspected Rembrandt forgery.

    On another tack I agree with those here who are puzzled by the teacher’s slavishly following the assignment. Perhaps she’s brand new?

    It’s at best a lame assignment but I’m wondering if the intent of whoever created the assignment was not to foster prejudice by focusing on stereotypical appearances, but was hoping to give the kids a way of expressing their inner changes in a visual way. In this kid’s case it backfired, but what were the other kids’ drawings like? …Then again those could be creepy in their own way…

    I’m so grateful to my parents for not sending me to Sunday School.

  • Anatoly

    I fail as an atheist apparently :\

  • http://godlesswasatch.blogspot.com John Moeller

    Sometimes a banana is just a banana…

    I like bananas, for instance. I think that they’re tasty, and always have. Many kids like them.

    Regardless, I agree that debating the drawing’s authenticity is absurd.

  • Aj

    -Duncan

    That wasn’t a “superstition.” That was science. The “criminal type” was one of the types that modern scientific medicine had learned to recognize, along with the Invert, the New Woman, the Negro, the Jew, and the Masturbator.

    Are you suggesting that they used the scientific method, that they were using evidence? Perhaps you’re saying they claimed it was science. If that’s your definition of science, then it includes alchemy, astrology, entrailology, and racist theories on reflexes and eyesight, plus much much more.

  • Richard Wade

    Right now I’m rubbing Rogaine between my eyebrows.

  • Susan B.

    Obviously the unibrow is because all atheists are part werewolf.

  • Jake

    These drawings look pretty suspicious … like maybe they were done by an adult trying to look the drawing of a child. And the banana is a little too convenient, right in time for the wave of notoriety. Nice try friendly atheist.

    It would be interesting to know, however, which church exactly included this little exercise in their curriculum.

  • Adam

    You forgot “gamma tatoo on palm of left hand”

  • athenebelle

    AcidMetalSpike

    I’m an atheist, but you can often tell A Christian from looking into their eyes. They look at peace within themselves because they have The Answer. You look at some people like me and you can see we are no good. I drink, I cuss, I am all messed up in my head, I’m my own worst enemy. Sometimes I wish I had The Answer but religion isn’t for me. …

    I’m not 100% certain I agree with you on that one. My husband is an atheist but seems to be at peace with himself. I think it’s why the dicotomy of him being atheist really threw me when we had first began dating. On the other hand I’ve also dated two other atheists in the past and they were pretty obviously not at peace with themselves. At least one seemed at least a little angry at the world in general.

  • Mriana

    I don’t agree with you either on that one, Acid. I’ve met some pretty sad looking Christians. I’m even related to many who suffer from depression, so that is just not true.

  • Jen

    Why isn’t she a fan of the assignment? Does she get to explain to them that actually, their pictures are full of wrong, or does she hate the assignment because the kids draw them and go home?

  • Richard Wade

    athenebelle and Mriana, I may be cynical but Acid’s comment sounds completely contrived, not expressing himself the way the person he’s describing would talk. (assuming the writer is male) The statement contains one increasingly corny cliche after another, building up to “my little dog Chippie.” Give me a break. It sounds like what a not-so-neurotic person thinks a neurotic person would say, pretending to be a screwed up atheist in order to sneak in an advertisement for “the Answer.”

  • http://jamonation.com/ Rolf

    My teenage daughter makes fun of my unibrow. Now I’ll be able to proudly wear my unibrow as a badge of atheism. She won’t be able to browbeat me anymore.

    • Len Blakely

      Unibrowbeat

  • http://globalizati.wordpress.com globalizati

    On another tack I agree with those here who are puzzled by the teacher’s slavishly following the assignment. Perhaps she’s brand new?

    It wasn’t slavish.. in fact, that seemed to be one of Hemant’s points.
    The class is co-taught by several volunteers b/c the church doesn’t have the money to pay that many Sunday School teachers. The church uses a bible class curriculum written for a lot of churches, which is (evidently) not very good. The teacher has to go along with the overall lesson b/c she’s working with a group (of which she’s probably the most progressive). Possibly one of the reasons she does it at all is so that the kids won’t just be left to the other, more conservative teachers, but I’ll have to ask her to find out.

  • http://globalizati.wordpress.com globalizati

    esva,

    Her thought process stopped short of actually taking any action based on her own ideas.

    You do realize this is a real person and not some imaginary strawwoman, right? While I’m sure I’d find it fascinating to read an even lengthier rebuke of your imaginary version of this Sunday School teacher, you should know that the person you describe does not begin to reflect the actual person. Based on your characterization of all Christians as unthinking, I get the impression you wouldn’t ask her side of the story if you had the chance. Imagine the conflict of someone who believes Christianity is true, and seeks to improve it from the inside. But you probably don’t care about that.

    As a nonbeliever who lives surrounded by believers, I can’t help but wonder if you are friends with any Christians now. I’d rather enjoy the company of theists who are kind, thoughtful, and trying to clean the dirty stained glass from the inside than the atheists trying to clean the stained glass by chucking rocks at it from outside. There are real inside the building and out. Your comments easily confirm all the stereotypes about atheists that Hemant’s work attempts to refute.

    And Acid sounds like a troll. Don’t feed it…

  • http://thisislikesogay.blogspot.com Duncan

    Personally, I find unibrows totally hawt.

    Aj wrote, “Are you suggesting that they used the scientific method, that they were using evidence? Perhaps you’re saying they claimed it was science. If that’s your definition of science, then it includes alchemy, astrology, entrailology, and racist theories on reflexes and eyesight, plus much much more.”

    Yes, I am suggesting exactly that. (Read Stephen Jay Gould’s “The Mismeasure of Man.”) It wasn’t good evidence, and whether it is my definition of science is immaterial. The “racist theories” persist to this day, in the form of claims that homosexuality is inborn or genetic, that alcoholism is genetic, etc., etc. It’s rotten stuff, but you can’t get rid of it by defining it as “superstition.”

    Someone else referred to “the mental illness of bigotry.” I don’t buy that either. But then, as a gay man of the Stonewall / Gay Liberation generation, I have a healthy distrust of mental health professionals. I’m skeptical of constructs like “homophobia” too; after all, if it’s really a “mental illness,” then compassion, not judgmental nastiness, would be in order. I confess that the thought of Pope Rat, or Pat Robertson, or Ann Coulter undergoing electroshock or other “therapy” as treatment for homophobia has a certain sadistic appeal; but personally, I’d rather treat bigotry as a moral fault, not a “mental illness.”

  • http://friendlyatheist.com Hemant

    I think it may make more sense if you knew the class was 5th-6th grade instead of 3rd-4th.

    Whoops! I corrected the mistake in the article.

  • Aj

    -Duncan

    Yes, I am suggesting exactly that.

    I’m sorry but the profiling work done that suggested unibrow people are criminals was not science. The errors are not in the interpretation of findings using the scientific method but the non-scientific assumptions used in the method.

    It wasn’t good evidence

    What does that even mean?

    and whether it is my definition of science is immaterial.

    If you claim something is science, and I claim it isn’t, it’s pretty important that we are using the same definition. Although it does seem to indicate that you’re not too interested in defending your earlier claim.

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  • Darryl

    Richard, I thought the same thing about ol’ Chippie. You’re pretty good at sniffing out the fakes.

  • Richard Wade

    Comes from ten years of listening to alcoholics and addicts tell me how well they’re doing.

  • Richard Wade

    globalizati, I apologize to you and to the Sunday School teacher for my addition to the incorrect characterization of her that got rolling in this discussion. Thank you for reminding me to be more careful about making assumptions from other’s impressions.

  • http://globalizati.wordpress.com globalizati

    Thanks Richard. I think the age of the kid makes a difference. It’s also worth pointing out that the banana video so well known to atheists may not be well known in other circles. The Sunday School teacher had never seen the banana video so she couldn’t figure out why Hemant was laughing so hard… :-)

    Who knows why the kid drew a banana–maybe because it’s an object that is relatively easy to represent.

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  • http://www.sexysecularist.com SexySecularist

    If it was possible to be a Christian without doing all that stuff or believing in God or reading the Bible I’d probably become one because I would like to have that look in my eyes and be at peace within.

    Oy.

    [anecdotal evidence]
    I’ve known quite a few religious people who are not at all at peace. I’ve known otherwise reasonable Christians who live in fear of devils; Christians who live in fear of their own angers. I’ve known devout Jewish believers who threw daily tantrums at work. I’ve had a chair thrown at me by a devout Christian(unprovoked and in a workplace setting, by the way) who prays daily and volunteers at his church.

    The fervent believers who live in fear of their own anger or capacity to doubt or ability to resist ‘sin’ do have a look in their eyes. It is the look of complacency, of buried aggression and unrest. [/anecdotal evidence]

    I do hope this isn’t taken to mean that I think that all believers are like the description above. I also hope somebody else can pull out the stat that shows that religious believers generally fear death more than nonbelievers.

    For the record, not believing does not have an adverse effect on my personal happiness or level of contentment. I am something the opposite of complacent and am rather active politically, so I guess you couldn’t call me a completely calm and restive fellow, but I am a happy human being. I enjoy my life, I enjoy other people. My life is filled with gifts and love, and on any given night I’m perfectly okay with the fact that I might die before I wake up. I don’t fear death and I don’t look forward to it. I am able to love the world without having to have total faith in its goodness.

    And you sound remarkably like a Christian plant trying to spread ‘good’ news. Or like a satirist who didn’t do a good job.

  • http://mereskepticism.blogspot.com stacy

    Ha! That atheist drawing looks JUST LIKE ME!!! Tattoos, smoking, drinking, and cussing god! Not to mention killing puppies and eating small children.

    I think I’ll try this with my kids and see what they draw….I’ll post it on my blog. :)

  • LAuna

    WOw I am very sad at the fact that the one with tattoos crazy hair and smokes is the one with out Christ… I have 5 tatoos 3 of witch all pertain to my faith… I work with my church’s youth group and I am considered cool because of my cool hair and tattoos… hmmm makes you think of who is teaching our youth children and hate.. because I am pretty sure that God does not care what we look like but what is in oure hearts. Perhaps it is time we leave the judging to him????

  • Anne

    I found your site looking on Google for a picture of a cookie/man outline. I’m doing a lesson with my class about what good friends look like on the inside rather than on the outside.
    The point being the whole ‘can’t choose a book by the cover’ thing.
    That’s what I believe as a Christian. Jesus won’t worry about the unibrow, He loves you anyway.
    God bless and thanks for the clipart.

  • Bk

    well the irony is I got to this site through an image search so my little sunday schoolers could draw their friends – What a great opportunity for that sunday school teacher to teach that God loves everybody – she shouldnt be horrified but should have used this opportunity to share with her class acceptance,(not necessarily tolerance) of all people. And that drinking tattoed body pierced druggies can also know God. WOW wish it had been me. I realise you are an atheist and will now pray for you but your image of christians is just as distorted as this child’s image of non-christians. We are all different and yes thre are some Christians who go down the self righteous goody two shoes track but then there are others who are in the world (not of it)

  • http://myspace.com/mikechrisandkids a sunday school teacher

    Funny…this guy looks just like one of my best Christian friends, except he has a leopard spotted mohawk and a hook in his lip to go along with his other piercings and tatoos! Yep, he smokes, and even drinks on occasion, but God still loves him. Bravo to this teacher for trying to teach the children that you can not tell a christian by looking at them. Hopefully this kid gets that message one day. Maybe I’ll do this project in my class too, then bring in my friend as an example…could be a good lesson in not judging others which, by the way, is a sin! and to those of you who are atheists, I hope and pray that one day you will come to know that Jesus Christ loves you too, just the way you are, no changes required! (even without sleeves!;))

  • William

    Hi.
    I’m wondering if there is any common ground for Christians and atheists?

    We both have valid arguments. But we will both continue to deny the other’s premeses.

    Share the message, but stop forcing the message down my throat.

    Any atheist arguing against Christianity has heard the good news. Leave them alone.

    • Rajron

      I’d disagree with the label of “good news” on the basis of your god (as defined by your own texts) being one of the most immoral being imaginable.

      And with the “valid arguments” claim. Even most theists understand the concepts of burden of proof and physical evidence – as shown by modern legal systems. Why do you throw out a system for deciding what is right and wrong, true and false, that works for everything else… the moment religion enters the picture?

  • Nam

    My fauxhawk is unChristian? :’(

    • J Schall

      No way man, our worship leader for our youth group at church has a fauxhawk. I’m thinking about getting one myself.

  • Tylerudanty

    nice


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