Some people, like myself believe that God is the force of Love and we are Love personified to the level that we choose to be. I have been fortunate to be shown the opposite of Love in every way imaginable so I am capable of discerning Love and God for myself. What I think of as loving would not be considered loving to someone else.
To me, truth is loving; even if it is hurtful. I have come to this because I have been deceived in every way imaginable and know that deceit is not Love. Even if there is an ulterior motive of protecting one’s feelings, to me, it is not loving because to me ulterior motives are the opposite of Love.
Others may enjoy flattery and adulation and will call it worship.. But I see adulation and flattery as a subtle form of manipulation. My intelligence is insulted when people think I would care about such things. Why would God want such a waste of energy attributed to Him/Her/It. What do I call God that hasn’t been used in vain, to damn others or just to curse in self-indulgence?
I have facilitated sessions for clients whose past lives revealed such apathy because of a cluster of lifetimes in the Religious Crusades. Others have been told they are damned, cursed, unlovable, unworthy, a sinner, doomed to an eternal hell, and sacrificed, all in the name of God. Maybe Atheists have had a few of these lifetimes. Maybe they are so put off by the misinformation that they have lived and died by in past lives and even the present, that they can’t stand to hear another word of it.
Maybe they remember these lifetimes in a conscious way by not being able to hear one more diatribe about God. Maybe it is frustrating for them to be told that they are ignorant in their view, when they are just as savvy in experience than anyone else. In fact, maybe they have learned more from their past or present than others give them credit for.
Maybe, it is out of reverence that they don’t try to assume they know what God is or wants. Maybe the state of nothing is closer to the peaceful, loving existence of God than making God in man’s limited image. Maybe they and God have an unwritten and unspoken agreement that nothing currently conveyed comes close to describing what God is, so they choose not to justify It’s presence in such simplistic terms.
When engaging an atheist, try not to judge them. They come by their vantage point as honestly as you do. They Live and Love and if they show any kindness at all, respect that place and come to terms with it in any way you need to. They may have had enough judgement already and just want to enjoy a non-judgmental zone. I honor that in the name of Love.