On my way into town from my office. Two carts set up a few feet from each other. One manned by a man and woman (i assume they're a couple) in their late 30s.
The guys walks off to the other cart as im walking by, i wasn't going to approach but the woman holding the Awake! mags smiles and said hello. I said hello and ended up stopping and took the mag (give her day a boost by putting 1 mag on her report slip).
This woman would not stop talking. Man, i was expecting a secret TV crew to be filming a joke on me or something. She went over the bible being inspired, the world is evil, we need direction, we need Jehovah, other religions dont do this etc etc. Thankfully the man came back and interrupted.
I tried to keep it short and polite and said "im an atheist, i dont like that the bible condones slavery..."
The man became offended and quite annoyed in his tone "slavery? Where does the bible condone slavery?"
I said "have you read the bible?"
He flipped out "yes i've read the bible, i've studied to for 20 years. Have you?!!"
I said i studied it for 32 years :) I asked him who Hagar was? She wasnt Abrahams wife. He said "she was a servent. Anyone's allowed to have a servent". I asked if she was paid, and who was the father of her child Ishamel.
The woman interrupted and said it was different back then.
The man told her "i was talking there, do you mind?" she backed away.
Then followed a monologue of how "the truth™" has changed his life and he could be earning money but instead he's living "the best life ever™".
I asked him "compared to what?"
He said compared to what everyone else has. I told him he cant possibly know what everyone else has, or what they want or what they consider to be "the best".
He shut down the conversation. The woman gave me the Bible Teach book (i put it in the nearest public bin).
As i walked away i heard him say to the woman "that's an example of what i mean, i was talking and you..." the rest was inaudible as i walked on.