I hesitated about writing this post.
Because it has to do with religion.
Religion and politics, two subjects we should avoid, right?
But, here’s the thing: I started this blog so that I would have an outlet to be able to say whatever is on my mind, without having to worry about what others would think.
I’m not going to change that, just because I have some readers now(love you!), and I’m not just talking to myself.
So, here I go.
I have friends who have similar beliefs to mine, friends who are of different religions, and friends who have no religion. Love all of them.
But, what I’ve noticed lately is that when someone says that they do not believe in God, they receive a positive and supportive response(in general, anyway).
Good for you- you are so independent.
You think for yourself.
You’re such a strong person.
I can understand why you think that way.
But, if someone says that they do believe in God, the reaction is the opposite.
You are so narrow-minded.
Why can’t you trust in yourself?
You shouldn’t judge others(as if by saying I believe in God, it automatically means that I judge others).
Why do you believe that nonsense?
And it goes on and on.
I just don’t get why the attitude is that it’s acceptable not to believe in God and that no one should question that non-belief, that we should support people’s right to believe that there isn’t a God, but the opposite is true if someone says that they believe.
If you tell me you don’t believe and we’re in a situation where we can have a conversation, I might tell you that I do believe. I won’t force what I believe down your throat or try to convert you from what you (don’t) believe, but I don’t see what’s wrong with saying that I believe when you don’t.
I don’t think that going into great detail about why I believe and specifically what I believe is going to change your mind, though I’m willing to have that conversation should you want to.
All I ask is that if there is understanding for people who choose not to believe, the same courtesy should be extended to those of us who do.