Faith & Insistence

Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe.
— Saint Augustine

Brothers & Sisters,

Over the past few days, it seems as if some of the feeds on the various social networks I belong to have been peppered with 'nones' trying to convince others or lure them into an ill-fated debate on why God doesn't exist. I say ill-fated here because there's absolutely no way of getting these folks off their pedestals and from the outset it just appears it's a way to provoke and not have a thoughtful discussion on what is just a difference in beliefs.

I've never understood why one would even post this kind of questioning if they weren't genuinely looking for a conversation. Why of all the things to choose would you choose the beliefs of someone? What is so awful about their views that it's important to be debated into the ground with both sides leaving unfilled and having their time wasted? I used to get into these debates with people, but now I just tend to sit on the sidelines and watch. I quickly realized that most of the time most of the folks that post things such as: "Prove to me God exists," don't actually want to have the conversation but they just want the attention (whether good or bad) about creating something that might generate a few more "likes" than their standard puppy photos. 

Who are we to tell each other what we should believe in? The insistence of some people on both sides of the coin can be scary. Sure, I'd love to have more Catholic brothers and sisters, but I'm not going to twist your arm or create some useless dialogue to debate you into submission. The same can be said about the 'nones' although some of the posts I've seen are relatively malicious in nature and don't sit well with me at all. I almost want to stop everyone replying to these posts and tell them to go look at some more kitten and puppy photos.

I don't know why I get so amped up at these posts. Perhaps it's more about thinking before we speak and taking into consideration the purpose of what we're about to say and how it is going to affect the people around you. We don't do enough of that these days, and it's pretty unfortunate.

Yours,
Jeff

Photo by Grégoire Bertaud on Unsplash