Selling God on the Doorstep.
As long as a person’s views are not illegal or hurting anyone, l have always where l can respected another person’s religious viewpoint – it is their personal perrogative to believe in what they feel comfortable with and if it awards them a pleasure, or a lightness or a relaxation of the mind, a learning curve or whatever – it matters not where l might sit on the spectrum of belief vrs. non – belief and oft puzzlement.
If l am at times confused as to why people choose to believe in the existence of a god of any sort, then that that is no different to those who do believe in a god and are bewildered as to why l do not?
As it is, l am not that sure what l believe in, with conventional religion l sit on the cusp of being an agnostic who leans towards being an athiest. I was born into the Catholic faith – as was the religion of my father’s family, whilst my mother was a salvation army girl, and yet when she married my father she had to convert to catholcism. I attended mass and Sunday school when young, but the church and l started to have disagreements from around the age of fourteen when l decided l wanted to study the occult, and then god and l had a major disagreement which ended up in us both going our seperate ways in 1987. We hadn’t seen eye to eye since 1977 but that is life.
My take might be basically very simple but athieism is the complete and utter disbelief in the existence of gods, whilst agnosticism is the belief that nothing is known about the existence of gods. So l am mostly the latter with a tendency to lean towards the former.
The only reason, l find it hard is because – l have lived an unusual life and l have seen things that defy explanation, but that doesn’t necessarily mean these things are bound by religion and or gods which is why l am inbetween the two. I view it that if anything, being agnostic is basically being quite open minded about it, l am sure there are people who disagree with this, your perrogative as much as it is mine to have my own belief. If l was truly pushed l would say l have my own belief set that doesn’t really involve any of your gods – there is good and bad in all people and yet l know there are people who would say that l am wrong in that belief – again, their perrogatve and mine is mine.
But what l have always struggled with is the selling of God on the doorstep, which is the situation l found myself in yesterday afternoon!
A couple of Jehovah’s witnesses rang the doorbell yesterday, and upon answering the first thing l heard was “Isn’t it appalling about the attrocities we have in our world today?”
Which l think is a silly question anyway – “Of course it is horrific,” l answered, “No one wants to hear or see these things but that’s the very nature of our life. With respects, what religion are you pushing?”
Well the woman she just looked at me, and answer “We are Jehovah’s witnesses, and l just wanted to say …”
I had to cut her short, years ago l would have invited the pair in for tea or coffee and tallied and rallied about the existence of god, but l didn’t have the energy to do so yesterday. “Ok, thank you, l am an agnostic and l don’t wish to have your magazine, but it’s a beautiful day and at least it’s not raining, but no thank you.”
Well she wasn’t one to be put off easily and answered “Do you not think you should have more of an open mind about this?”
“I do have an open mind, equally as much on this subject over other subjects but here’s one for you – what happens if your god isn’t real at all, and is nothing much short of an extraterrestrial, what will you do then?”
Well she just looked at me like l had three heads and was bright vomit coloured. “That’s absurd there is no such thing as aliens!”
“Okay, well how do you know that?” I asked.
“Well because l have never seen one for starters, and l work in facts, l am a retired science teacher.”
“Wow, well there we go then, that says it all doesn’t it, you haven’t seen one and so therefore it simply cannot exist? But l can almost guarantee you haven’t seen god either and yet you believe in that without a shadow of a doubt? Go figure….
“My phiolosophy is simple, l do have an open mind to all sorts of things, l have seen strange things in my life, throughout my journey that quite oftens defies possibility and explanation, but it is because of my open mind that l don’t write things off, yet here you are selling your god on the doorstep and telling me l don’t have an open mind, and you are NOT willing to believe in the possibility that there might be life in the stars above on another planet? Because it is absurd to think that way? Gees, l would have to say, perhaps you need more of an open mind eh?
“Anyway, l am busy currently and need to get on but do wish you both well, goodbye.” With that l closed the door. The strangest thing is that very same woman, was the same woman l said this to last year. I remembered her, she had completely forgotten me it seems.
As said l don’t mind what a person’s religion is, as long it isn’t illegal or hurts anyone, but it does appear that people who sell god on the doorstep don’t have an open mind.