An atheist hates the very idea of there being a God. Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God?
An atheist and a Christian just aren’t compatible……You will have to choose between God and this man. Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God” (James 4:4). If you choose God over this man, God will not love you any more than He already does. If you truly trust in Christ Jesus as both your Savior and your Lord, you are already His 100% dearly loved child.
When I was a kid, my mother and I joined a very large "non-denominational" Christian Church, one of the earliest versions of the Mega Churches that exist today. I was in the children's choir, the community was lovely, and we sang from a song book with drawings of long-haired hippies.
Everything was great until politics began to creep in and the church began hosting speakers like Jerry Falwell, the ultraconservative pastor and political pundit.
Do you think the religious differences between us pose a serious problem?
There's just one catch: she's a strong Christian, but I don't believe in God at all.
My liberal feminist mother couldn't take it and we switched to a progressive Methodist church instead, a return to her childhood religious roots.
While I don't feel like I had a particularly religious upbringing, I clearly did. I dumped the idea of a male God and instead prayed to the pagan concept of the Goddess for years.
When we got sober, my husband tried to find a spirituality that he could accept, but today he's quite happily a staunch agnostic or, as he calls himself, "aspiritual." Throughout our twenty-two year relationship, he's viewed most of my spiritual explorations kindly, supporting me as much as he could. He could care less about church and I could care less about trains, but we're partners so we indulge each other without complaint.
But when I returned to my childhood church, he struggled -- just like I struggled when he gave up all attempts at spirituality around the same time. Ultimately, being married to an atheist as a believer is just like being married to someone that loves football when you can't stand the sport; you tolerate the differences because that is what couples do.