For us to say there is no God takes a lot of guts. Basically, we are saying we are all knowing. Our limited life experience has given us more wisdom than millions of scholars throughout history. We are saying that based off a few feelings we have, some of the wisest people who ever lived are idiots.
It’s an incredibly self-centered and self-righteous position to take. Frankly, I don’t want to be that kind of person. I want to be humble and open-minded. I want to be willing to listen and learn.
I have no right to say there is no God but I have every right to seek the truth. That includes listening to those wise people and not shutting them out. That includes paying attention to the world around me. And most of all that includes showing some humility and admitting I don’t have all the answers.
I don’t have a corner on the truth. But what I do have is a willingness to learn. Choosing to believe in God makes me a better person. It makes me happier and more fulfilled. It brings me joy and peace. And it reminds me to serve others more. Basically, it makes me the person I want to be.
I want to end this with a quote from one of my favorite comedians. It really says a lot. Don’t let people tell you what you are supposed to believe. You get to choose for yourself. What kind of person do you want to be?
“There are no atheist soup kitchens.” - Marc Maron