I've never posted a blog before, but I recently came across and only diary entry from when I was eighteen and just in between leaving my church life and non church life. I was pretty sure at this point I was a non believer. I didn't call myself an atheist. I didn't even know what an atheist was, but I was one.
This page was provoked by a debate I got into with another youth of the church. It was about words like theory being bad and deceptive. I was always astounded by how uniformed these people were. Especially since they had so much more freedom than I did.
Why is it so hard for people, especially Religious, to believe that the universe is what science says it is and Non believers except it so easily?
I guess I should look at the difference between the two. I am a church going person so I feel I have an inside view of religion. I'm not a christian at heart, but I'm not the type of person who declares what is and isn't and what needs to be believed either. Instead I have ideas and theory’s. Theory...It's not a bad word. Theory's can be use by anyone and is! Scientist, Religious, even children. Everyone uses theory's. A theory is the “idea” that something is very possible but can't be proven. In theory the Bible is a theory to the Religious. It can not be proven. It can not be unproven.
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–noun, plural -ries.
This doesn't make the Religion any less real, but the Religious think this is an attack on them. Is this mostly due to the uninformed group of people getting together and creating their own explanations for why anyone would make such a claim? Most jump to the easiest form of explanation, Hate. 'They are angry lost souls.' most would claim. Comparable to high-school years, I recognize this as 'Clique hate'. 'They're not one of us! Don't trust them.' But why? Why do they feel so threatened. It's the answer to that question that people seek out, an answer that can make's us turn away from our religious roots. It's like they set themselves up for it.
I made a list under my entry showing from personal experience with my old Church goers, those that found life outside of religion norm vs down right unbearable. I kept a nice little chart with tally's in blank pages of my bible from conversations.
Christian Children in between 0-4 talked a lot of mimic talk of their parents. (Not interested)
5-12 Children were fascinated with life and science out of the Church. (Fascinated)
13-15 Kids were cautious of talk of outside life but still showed large interest. (curious/scared)
17-20 Were okay with ideas about not religious life, but still felt the need to express being deeply rooted in church faith. Most being baptized as this point. (Curious/scared/not interested)
20-30 Still okay with the outside life but were rooted in church life, and need to express more distrust of these topics. (Interested/combative)
30-50 Most being understanding of the world outside of Church, but felt slightly threaten by topics. (Confused/Combative)
50-70 Most not wanting to have the discussion, or being extremely defensive, bearing anger. (Confused/Scared/Combative/Angered)
70+ Most bearing deep anger toward topic's. (Confused/Scared/Combative/Angered)
These do not reflect personality. Many of these people were nice or sweet people. This only reflects emotions when discussing topics about Science, Technology, non religious life styles and the advancement of the new world.
Okay so that was the entry. Where was I going with this? I can remember. I think it was just a rant that turned into me attempting to understand. My mind has always been buzzing with 'Why?''s since I was a child. So I have a lot of these little rant's written down that just turn into a garbled mess. But this one stood out to me because of the “Why do they feel so threatened” part. It shows that even though I lived in an extremely sheltered life I found a way to brake myself from religion. Now I'm wondering, Why doesn’t this happen to others more often?
Note: Yes I know why writing skills are atrocious. Sorry about that.
I like to get outside opinions, but just be polite about it.