Serious Talk in Work
Discussions about religion never go well, particularly when I’m involved. Being atheist, I will assert my views, but I don’t try to convert those who hold their own views on religion in high importance. Tonight I’m working with a woman who is originally from Africa and a devout Catholic; she asked me if I believed in God and when I replied that no, I didn’t, and could not be converted, she looked at me as though I had just set her daughter on fire!
“But…we’re here, you know?” She said, brows furrowed and arms gesticulating wildly. “How are we here without God?”
I smiled and shrugged my shoulders, replying simply – “There are only two of you when you go to bed to make a baby.”
She laughed, to her credit, but finished up with a sigh and shook her head, determined that it does, in fact, take three to tango. I’m not going to alter her view; I don’t want to alter her views. She has as much right to be religious and proud of that fact as I do to bask in my atheism.
This is one area of religion I find hard to grasp – how can a God, a deity, a man in the clouds whether it be Jesus, Mohammed, Buddha or Allah, just bestow a child upon a woman? By calling your deity “Him” you are personifying them, making humanistic base of a faith in something you have no proof for and then giving this omnipotent presence the power to make life.
But there is proof in the form of scientific, biological evidence that it is the coming together of the sperm and egg that starts new life and nowhere in there does it mention the need for God. Think about it: how can God be creating life, putting humans on this Earth, when those who don’t believe in a God are still falling pregnant?
What I’m saying is, if you’re religious you’ll find a religious reason for everything, putting your God at the forefront of every decision and inception. What you’ve got to consider, as a religious person, is how do the things you believe your God enables still happen for those who aren’t faithful?