I don’t believe in god, any god. I don’t particularly believe in any religion, infact I would go as far to say that the majority of it is a whole load of crap. That being said, I don’t want to demean other peoples beliefs as I do believe that some good can come from faith.
I have a great deal of respect for those who do have faith. I can not begrudge someone their beliefs and I would never, ever try to change their religious thoughts. I do, however, wonder why those who do believe in a faith feel the need to convert me?
I have been fortunate to have traveled the world and spent some time in the USA – which is perhaps the worst place for ‘devout’ religious people. I was in a Wal*Mart (an experience in itself), having a laugh with a few friends that they had chosen to sell goldfish next to live lobsters when I was approached by a random woman. She was nice enough until she randomly asked “Do you believe in god?”
Now, this was like giving a dog a bone, and with a giggle I replied “No!”
It was at this point that the nice lady decided to say “Oh dear.” looking at me as if I had manifested a forked tail and horns, she went on to say “I truly feel so sorry for you and your soul.”
Now, I had no idea what had just happened. It became even more bizarre when she went away and returned a few moments later with a bible, handed it to me and recited something (I assume a passage from the bible) and said “Let the lord speak to you. he is the only one that can save you!”
So, If you go to a Wal*Mart and see a bible being read by a live lobster – it will be my copy.
Religion isn’t a problem until people disagree, and then the [stupidly] start to argue and fight over it. “There is only one true god” is a phrase that I hear repeated frequently. Who says so? And if there is only one god, who says it is the one you believe in? And even if there is a god, and it is not the same one that Bob believes in, why should we chastise him? If he is happy and causing nobody any problems, why not let him believe what he wants.
I would not describe myself as an atheist, because an atheist needs a religious belief. I was going to say that I am not religious – but that isn’t strictly true. I’m a Good-thiest. I believe in people doing good things. *IF* and it is a big if, there is an afterlife I doubt God, Bob, Jimbo or whomever is in-charge will discriminate against entry based on who read the bible and went to a cold building every Sunday and sang truly awful songs. I truly believe that the person that has done good will be rewarded.
I have been so fortunate to have worked withe devout Jews, Muslims, Christians etc. over the years. Despite the rather annoying need they feel to convert me, I would say that they all share something in common. Good. All religious text preach being good. So why can we not all just be good to one another?
I found this picture which made me laugh. It is true in many respects.