My best friend, whom I love beyond words, is an atheist. Normally, this would not be an issue. However, he has a tendency to be what I call a “preachy” atheist. “Preachy” atheists, to me, are those that live to tell every religion on the planet that all of their beliefs are wrong, & that science has all the answers. Don’t get me wrong – I FIRMLY believe that science has many answers & what answers it doesn’t have will be found later after more research. What makes me see red, is the hypocrisy of the action. My best friend (not using names here) absolutely LOATHES when a Christian preaches to him about anything pertaining to their religion. Therefore, it would stand to reason, that he would then not reflect the same action back, correct? WRONG. He, along with quite a few other atheists I know, are persistent in ridiculing people of religious faith.
It all seems like a great way to never learn from each other, if you ask me. When you are determined that you are right, one hundred percent, it leaves no room to gain knowledge from others. I for one, find that appalling. The answers can ALWAYS change, even in science. Our world is constantly evolving. All of it. The planet, animals, human kind, the space surrounding the planet, and our knowledge of it all – it’s all constantly in motion. So why would anyone want to ever limit themselves by thinking that they have it all figured out? It’s a question I continuously ask myself AND my best friend, without ever getting a real response.
As a witch, many of my views are atheistic in nature. I do not believe in a god & goddess the way many other Wiccans do. I call them the God and Goddess, sure. But in my views, they are merely words that represent this planet and all of the life it sustains. However, I would never begrudge those Wiccans that believe in an ACTUAL God and Goddess. From where I’m standing, as long as you don’t try to force your beliefs on me, then I have no quarrel with you as far as that topic is concerned. In the same light, I don’t want to put down the god and/or goddess of any other religion or spirituality. I only have a problem with one “group” of people trying to keep any other “group” of people from having any right that the “average” citizen has. Oh the Libra in me just rears its crazy little head sometimes: I want things to be as fair as possible.
Anyhow, I just thought I’d burn off a little steam here. My best friend and I bicker about this topic plenty. We usually try to avoid it, but the fact that we tell each other everything makes that difficult sometimes. No matter our differences in opinion on this, I still love him dearly, and a difference in religious preference, or lack thereof, could never change that. I just wanted to say that I hope we can all keep our minds open to the endless possibilities that this world has to offer. Make every day a learning experience because every day is new. It’s such a better way to live.