Atheists: if someone put a gun to your head and said, “Pray to God for forgiveness or I’m going to blow your head off!” would you do it?
Christians: if someone put a gun to your head and said, “Say that Jesus is not the Son of God or I’ll blow your head off!” would you do it?
Those of other religions can extrapolate to their own situations. If someone threatened you with immediate death, and you had every reason to believe that they were 100% serious (not only that he’d kill you, but that he’d let you go if you do as he says), would you say something completely contrary to your beliefs to save your life? Do you believe your diety (if any) would forgive you for doing so?
(Apologies if this has been done before. I tried some searches, but couldn’t figure out a combination of keywords that didn’t swamp me with irrelevant threads.)
I’m an atheist, and you bet your sweet bippy I’d pray to God. By which I mean, of course, that I’d say the words, not that there would be genuine feeling behind it. I don’t believe in a diety that would be disappointed in my blasphemy, and I have no desire to be an atheist martyr of some sort. I guess that raises the question of what purpose martyrs serve, but for now I’ll leave it at that.