I'm skeptical here as well which leads me to a question I didn't think to really have to ask in this situation.
Can you please describe how it feels to be raised by atheists and/or thinking that "you do not belong to a particular religious group" has felt in your life?
When I say I was raised atheist, that is a quality rather than an affiliation. We wouldn't have marched in an atheist parade or joined an atheist group. We simply didn't believe in God.
It has felt great not being a part of any organized group, political, religious or atheistic. I am free to think for myself and my spiritual responsibility is my own, as it should be. If some old men somewhere decide I can't wear a rubber, I shouldn't marry, or I shouldn't have vaccinations, education, organ transplants or blood transfusions I am not bound by their traditional or societal mandates.
Were you treated differently and/or asked difficult questions that made you feel ostrisized from family and friends?
Not really, my family and friends were all pretty much the same as me. Growing up in the Bible belt there were Catholic and Baptist, Pentecostal religious nuts all around who's parents thought that my rock n roll look was an indication of my moral fiber, they told their kids to stay away from me because I probably did drugs. I didn't drink, or do drugs growing up, but all of my religious friends did.
In my opinion, the Christian has lost sight of the true meaning of the Bible, which is an example of our sinful nature. In order to compensate for a true connection there they create a personality which is not much more than show. Pretense. Though these denominations are primarily traditional and cultural manifestations of the pagan influenced apostate church they have to set themselves on a moral pedestal of superiority. A false sense, of course.
Here locally some Jehovah's Witnesses came across a well known local fire and brimstone preacher and they told him that hell wasn't a Bible teaching, it was pagan in origin. To their surprise he answered "Oh, I know that." So they asked him if he taught the hellfire doctrine because he wanted to frighten his congregation to attend regularly and he laughed out loud and this and said: "No, I teach it because if I didn't I would be out of a job."
It is traditional and it creates a false sense of moral superiority.
Has being an atheist changed how and the way you speak to people when they bring up Jesus or other god?
Definitely. I don't have that false sense of moral superiority or pretense of niceness. Even as a very young child my parents didn't impose upon me any of the usual mythology. No Santa Clause, No tooth fairy, no Easter bunny and no such thing as obscene words. I talk like a sailor. Also I will never give an answer to the Bible of "It's a mystery."