shortlittlehobbit asked:

I come from a Catholic family and they recently 'discovered' (I won't go into detail how) that I don't follow their religion. What's the best way to cope with this? They cannot comprehend life without "god". I'm 18, an atheist and I spend over 5 hours doing volunteer work (between uni and another job) - I've tried explaining to them that believing in God doesn't mean that I can't be a good person but they don't understand that either.

Ask them, can a christian do evil things? Can a believer in god do bad? Maybe sin? If with god people can still do bad, what makes them think that without him no one can do good?

See Bill Gates. Atheist. Donated 60 billion to fund health programs in third world countries among many other things. Have them explain that.

At the end of the day even the New Testament recognizes what really matters. It is not words but actions (Luke 10:36-37). What you do is the best argument you can present to them.

Remember that “If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed”.
-Albert Einstein

We do good for goodness sake. Doing right it is its own reward. Secular morality at best. For a longer discussion about morality in absence of a deity check the topics in point 5 on the FAQ.

In reason:

-FA

The level of unplanned pregnancies among young people is a major global issue, campaigners say, and the rise in unprotected sex in several counties has sparked concern about the quality of sex education available to youngsters.

Young people worldwide having more unsafe sex - Health - Sexual health - msnbc.com

Thank you so much abstinence only evangelicals and anti-condom Catholics. You have achieved another disservice to humanity.

-FA

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (CNN) - Three Philadelphia priests and a parochial school teacher were charged Thursday with raping and assaulting boys in their care, while a former official with the Philadelphia Archdiocese was accused of allowing the abusive priests to have access to children, the city’s district attorney’s office said.

Belief in god =/= morality. Hope they all rot in jail.

"Victims of sexual abuse by clergy may find this news deeply painful," Rigali said. "Our thoughts and prayers are with them."

Screw you.

The boy told his parents, who confronted Brennan. The priest denied the allegations, according to the grand jury report.

The boy “suffered depression, dramatic weight loss, and drug and alcohol addiction,” according to the grand jury report.

"Ultimately, he committed suicide," the report said.