I can't understand why believers insist that you have to believe in something in order to have a good life.By something, of course, they mean a "higher power", something "higher than you". Smh. I just had a phone conversation with my aunt. I was speaking to her about an issue in my marriage that her and I had discussed earlier. She went on to advice that my husband and I believe in a higher power. I told her (again) that I don't believe in a deity or a higher power, nor do I subscribe to any of the religions. I told her my husband and I do have beliefs and morals, like the belief in the power of love, for instance. She went on to say, "but what is love, love is just an emotion, you need to believe in something more powerful, something outside of yourself in order for your marriage to work". I couldn't understand it. Why do we need to believe in a god in order to work through life's issues? I told her there are couples who believe in god or Jesus who don't have successful marriages. She agreed, and then said that you still have to believe in something.....smh!
She started to talk about faith, and the need to have faith in a common thing. I told her that we do have faith; we have faith in each other, we have faith in ourselves. I told her that faith in something you don't know exists doesn't make much sense to me anymore. She asked me who created the moon and the stars. I told her that no one has the answers to those questions. No one knows how it all got started or why we are here. I told her that scientists speak of the big bang, but still, they don't know how or why that begin. But, I said, the point is that NO ONE knows, and I'm pretty comfortable not knowing the answers to things that no one knows the answers to.
She took offense to that. She told me that religious beliefs are personal and that I shouldn't say no one knows, because she knows by faith and that she didn't just make this up, she got this from the bible...lol. I told her I don't believe in the bible any more than she believes in the Koran. There are things that you can get from both books that may be edifying, but I don't subscribe to any one book for all the answers to life or for a way to live my life. I told her that I understand her beliefs are personal and that my point was not to offend, I just wanted her to understand that I am not a believer and that it IS possible to live a moral life without belief in the supernatural. She changed the subject, but before we hung up, she spoke about how she woke up feeling good and said, "thank you Jesus, I know there is a higher being." I just laughed at her way of trying to reinsert her beliefs, and shook my head at her ignorance.
I've pretty much come to the conclusion, that believers are going to be offended just on the mere fact that you don't believe. Our lack of belief alone is an offense.