Now I’ve done it! I’ve crossed over to the dark side. I have consorted, nay, freely conversed with and connected to, the enemy! I have reached a hand across the aisle and befriended one of . . . . them!
I have recently begun following the blog of . . .
I think he was more surprised than anyone.
“I’m a little surprised you signed up for my blog, but I guess that just goes to prove you have an open mind and, as you wrote, are willing to hear both voices. I hope I have something of interest for you to read from time to time. Thanks for being willing to think about it. Cheers . . .”
Well, I don’t know as much of an “open” or “closed” mind so much as I have a willingness to learn. I don’t have all the answers; I don’t profess to. I never will. What I have is a desire to find out “why?”
More often than not, having a conversation with someone of another faith, or someone of “non”-faith, sends me running back to my Bible; constantly checking my own beliefs, reaffirming the tenets of my own faith, making sure in my own mind that my understanding of God and His Word are grounded in reality and not in some flight of fancy; of what I want to be true.
Any atheist worth his/her salt would just shrug and go . . . good!
It’s when the conversation stops being about belief that I lose interest. When the conversation becomes nothing more than name calling and one-upsmanship is when I check out. I mean really . . .
Atheists: “Faith means not wanting to know what is true.”
“I think flying planes into a building was a faith-based initiative. I think religion is a neurological disorder.”
“We keep on being told that religion, whatever its imperfections, at least instills morality. On every side, there is conclusive evidence that the contrary is the case and that faith causes people to be more mean, more selfish, and perhaps above all, more stupid.”
Christians: “How to trap an atheist: Serve him a fine meal, then ask him if he believes there is a cook.”
“Among the repulsions of atheism for me has been its drastic uninterestingness as an intellectual position. Where is the ingenuity, the ambiguity, the humanity (in the Harvard sense) of saying that the universe just happened to happen and that when we’re dead we’re dead.”
“The atheist can’t find God for the same reason that a thief can’t find a police officer.”
Actually, I think Don Miller’s quote is even more apt:
“My most recent faith struggle is not one of intellect. I don’t really do that anymore. Sooner or later you just figure out there are some guys who don’t believe in God and they can prove He doesn’t exist, and there are some other guys who do believe in God and they can prove He does exist, and the argument stopped being about God a long time ago and now it’s about who is smarter, and honestly I don’t care.”
Years ago, in a small group setting, I brought up the topic of the study and history of world religions. One of the other folks in our group asked, “I don’t care about other religions. Why would I want to know anything about Islam?”
Possibly because it’s the second largest religion in the world?
Possibly because the vast majority of the world doesn’t believe as you do?
Possibly because you might want to engage in conversation with someone of another faith one day, and you might want to have a basis of knowledge to guide you?
Actually, you wanna know the fastest growing religious population in the world today?
“Irreligious” (including atheism and agnosticism)
I, for one, would like to know . . . why?