Belief vs. Behavior

I lost a friend today or at least someone I thought was a friend.

It was stupid really. He was goading me about my beliefs because he is a die-hard atheist. Obviously I am not. I tried very hard to be diplomatic and even agree with him on several points with reference to organized religion. It was supposed to be one of those "Free thought" conversations.

I should have known better. Instead of diplomacy he returned what I can only describe as rabid scorn.

He insulted my intelligence, my beliefs and insisted he could do a better job with humanity than God himself. "Loser" was the term he used to describe him.

I don't pretend to know all there is..... Who could? I don't know why bad things happen to good people. Bad things have happened to me too.... I don't blame God though. I blame the people who do these things.

He seems to think that men have done all good by themselves as well. As if we are responsible for our own creation.

I don't see it that way. The more I understand science the more I understand that there is more to it than that. I've personally experienced what even doctors considered miracles. Doctors are still scientists right? I should not have lived the day I was born and so many miracles since then. No scientific could be just dumb luck but the laws of probability say no. That is science too.

My point is I have very good reasons to believe the way I do.

Maybe he does too but I couldn't find it in the hatred and the blame he was vomitting at me.

He is entitled in these United States to be be free "from" religion just as I am entitled to be free to choose my own faith. I respect that.

What he is not free to do is insult me and try to engage me in a battle of wits....on this or any other planet.

I've chosen not to have this person in my life. Not because he is atheist. I have several atheist friends.

I've stopped being his friend because he is an asshole.

Have any of you been put in that kind of position?


nollyposh said...

Yes and mostly i feel ~pain~ for people like this for i think those words are painful no? i feel sadness and i wonder to myself how one goes through the days with no faith, for faith is what my steps forward are made up of... For example i think the world is a beautiful place, but without faith it can seem so harsh... With faith i see a beautiful intricate pattern to life ...and death, but with no faith death is just death and life has no real meaning or depth beyond the experience ...and so perhaps without faith fear becomes a constant walking companion and when one walks with fear as a companion, one also walks with anger and frustration too... Sounds like your (ex)friend?
(Ps) Thanks for dropping by my blog X:-)

Donna said...

I've never understood why so many atheists seem so angry. Live and let live is fine, but don't tell me I'm stupid for believing in God.