Because other people might say some interesting things as well.
Next year, a very Catholic girl will move in with us in the house we share with some students. Apparently, she’s from a quite strict family. For example, her sister can’t live together with her boyfriend until they get married. They’re that kind of believers.
It will be surely interesting to live together with her, because I’m not a believer. My family has never been that Catholic, and I haven’t been to church often. In Belgian schools, you often get a course called ‘religion’ though, so I do know some things about the Catholic faith. But as I grew up in a society that believes in science above all, I never really believed in a god.
One of my closest friends is a believer too, but she’s a more subtle one. And I really have no problems with that – I think faith can be a good reason to do good things, and it can be a great support in hard times too. Some people just go to far. All those rules and limits, because of what after all? How can you know for sure that God (seeing the fact you are sure he exists) wants you to not drink alcohol, or anything? Do those limits really make you a better human being?
I highly doubt that. It’s not just Catholic faith, every religion has these strict rules I couldn’t live by. My inner rebel always questions them. You won’t help the world if you lock yourself away to just meditate for 13 hours each and every day. That’s just a fact. There’s a border between believing in something and doing stupid things because of that. Never cross that border. Only take the good things of religion, like helping other people.
After all, you cannot prove that you are not doing it in vain. Helping people is good anyways, but blowing up yourself – will it bring you to a god? How can you be so sure there is a god? I wonder what it feels like to be sure of the existence of this ‘something’. Perhaps it’s there, perhaps it isn’t. I can’t say there is no god at all, but I just see no prove of that. Just like we can prove evolution is real, and there’s no point in saying it isn’t. Creationism really pisses me off. Yes please, deny everything we can prove and replace it with something you can’t prove at all – without listening to other people! As I said before, I think this has a lot to do with the environment you’ve grown up in. Perhaps I had been a believer if my family went to church every week. If there would be a ‘something’, by the way, I think it would rather be a thing that doesn’t resemble human beings as much as God is supposed to do. It would probably be something we can’t imagine. But that’s only my thoughts on the subject.
So I’d go for the no God, though I obviously cannot be sure. What do you think? Do you believe?