I don't believe in God and I've been going to church recently with (a few of my family members, not my siblings or my parents) which one is an Atheist as well. The reason I go is just to spend time with them.
It's kind of weird going to church and seeing all these people worship something that I personally don't believe in, I don't mean this in the wrong way, but think of it from my perspective. Imagine you where sitting in a building with 20 or more people worshiping the "tooth fairy" or a GOD you don't believe in. . They sing about terrible songs (just my opinion, but church songs are terrible) about how great the tooth fairy is, they read passages from the bible about the tooth fairy, every now and then they ask the people in church to pray for a certain person who isn't doing so well (which in my opinion is just about as good as asking the tooth fairy for a dollar when you lose a tooth.)
The reason I use the Tooth Fairy to convey my point is because the preacher could have been preaching whether it be about God or the Tooth Fairy, it wouldn't have made a difference to me. I don't mean that as an insult to those who believe.
What I can't wrap my head around is if something good happens believers thank God, but if something bad happens to that person they don't think it had anything to do with God. Why is that?
Now I used to hate going to church when I was a kid, I hated sitting still, but I still believed what my parents believed in.
Foremost I just like spending time with my two family members, so it doesn't bother me sitting in church for an hour or two. Hell I spend most of the time talking to the Atheist family member (which he/she hates being there).
I do like some of the passages they read from the bible, because some of it does make sense. Now I can't remember what these passages are, but I remember sitting in church and thinking "well that makes sense to me as an Atheist". Just the way the bible is worded makes it interesting to read or to listen to.
I like not being alone, I'd do just about anything to spite my loneliness. One of the big reasons why I can sit in the Church and not be bothered by it. I don't have a problem with those who believe, it's just that if I had somewhere else to be I'd be there. Which brings me to my next reason.
People who go to Church are pretty nice people, maybe if I told them I was an Atheist they would kick me out, or maybe they would let me stay, who knows. I'm kind of tempted to sit alone with the preacher and tell me that I don't believe, just to see what he thinks, says, or does.
I like this song :S
What do you think? Is there any other Atheist who go to church forcibly, or on their own free will?