I have always wondered why people who profess to have ‘faith’ are so insecure ….of their faith. I mean where’s the confidence in your faith if your feathers get ruffled so easily, either by someone not having blind faith in the same things the way you do or by a cartoon or a painting or a song or a story?
If someone expresses disbelief in any kind of mumbo-jumbo, the ‘faithful’ immediately go into defensive mode. Mumbo-jumbo comforts me and doesn’t harm you in anyway, they argue. So why should it bother you? they ask. Fair point. Umm… but do you know what’s funny? They never ask themselves that self same question. The non-belief of others doesn’t harm them in any way, does it? So why do they get all hot and bothered when they come across it?
I mean look at it this way. If I say I don’t believe in your God, any God, ideally it shouldn’t affect you at all. Your God according to you is all powerful anyway and shouldn’t mind puny me and know to deal with whatever ‘nonsense’ I say. If I tell you stars are not angels keeping watch over humans, that they are huge bodies made mostly of hydrogen and helium and other elements, ditto, it should bother you even less. For one its a fact, for another, MY COMFORT believing what I wish to believe, same and as important as yours.
What is amusing to me is how this insecurity is common to every faith. The different faiths may bicker between themselves, but put a non-believer (of any faith) among them and the reaction is the same. They will all join hands in a rare show of solidarity. Suddenly all Gods are bosom buddies and the non-believers become the enemies to be annihilated.
© Shail Mohan 2023
I wonder if you are opening a can of worms here, Shail. Your comments about religious beliefs can be applied to politics, economics and social theories too 🙂
It is a can of worms alright, Anne, and yes it fits many other fields as well!
Bovine Ordure said:
Well I don’t believe that heaven waits
For only those who congregate
I like to think of God as love
He’s down below, he’s up above
He’s watching people everywhere
He knows who does and doesn’t care
And I’m an ordinary man
Sometimes I wonder who I am
But I believe in love
I believe in music
I believe in magic
And I believe in you
I certainly believe in music! 🙂
Mick Canning said:
Yup, that sounds about right.
Glad you think so Mick 🙂
Ken Powell said:
Ah, yes…this can of worms! I certainly find that the more extreme a religious person’s reaction to atheists or people of ‘the wrong’ religion, the weaker their god must be. For what kind of god needs puny humans to be their defenders and apologists if they are so omnipotent and omniscient. This is, for me, a laughing matter for most of the time. But when the over-zealous take lives (literally) in the name of their god, then I become angry at the irony. Such pathetic gods are not worth a drop of the blood that was spilled in their name.