So I thought about this funny thing. I often (well, all the time) talk about culture and religion with other people. I find it interesting, so obviously it’s subjects that I like to talk about (and research).
I often hear people talking about it like it’s a matter of Atheists vs. religious people (often Atheists vs. Christians, because the majority of our religious population are Christians). I don’t like to think of it that way, but I guess I respect that other people do. As long as they don’t expect everyone else to do the same.
But back to the funny thing. I often hear non-religious people talk about how annoyed they can get when religious people try to convert them or if they talk about how bad it supposedly is to not be religious. I have to say: I have yet to encounter someone who I think truthfully had the intention of converting me, but I have met quite a lot of people who’s asked me if I’m comfortable without connecting to God. I always find it a bit strange and I’m really not comfortable with those sorts of questions.
But what I find so ridiculously funny about it all is the kind of non-religious people and atheists who often make a statement out of how ridiculous religion is. People speaking loudly about how religion is the root of all evil and how a lot of the world’s problems would be solved if people weren’t religious.
Isn’t that just as bad? Maybe even worse?
I mean.. I’m not religious and sometimes it gets to a point where I actually get uncomfortable.
I don’t think religion (or lack thereof) should have to be something private. Of course it’s always okay to want to be private about something like that, but I don’t think it’s something anyone should be scared of sharing. As I’ve mentioned: I enjoy talking to people about religion. Not because I want to judge anyone, but because I want to learn and I want to understand.
When I ask someone why they have faith, I don’t want them to give me a logical reason. If they say that they don’t know I nod my head and think it’s beautiful. Why is it dumb to have faith in something just because you don’t know the exact reason why?
I’m still not religious and I don’t think I’ll ever be.
But not being religious doesn’t mean I should go out and expect everyone to be like me.
Maybe I’m the one who’s wrong.