UCTAA churchlight

Site Search via Google

Meditation 477
Tolerance goes both ways

by: Kristine

To open a discussion on this article, please use the contact page to provide your comments.

Just a few months ago, I decided to become an agnostic. It feels good. I've even come to think that I might've been agnostic all along. The moment I read the book of Deuteronomy as a kid up to the time I read some parts of Rosalind Mile's "Who Cooked the Last Supper" as a teenager (I still am a teenager), I knew there was something wrong about certain things.

It's nice to know that my mom, who is a Christian, is not opposed to the idea of agnosticism when, just recently, I told her that I have become an agnostic. "So, you're a humanist", she simply tells me. She also advised me that it’s best that I keep it to myself, unless asked, because people wouldn't understand. I knew what she meant. You see, I live in a country where majority of the people are Christians, a country in which people are serious about their faith. A society that devotes itself to god. People here are superstitious and religious.

I have read many (good) arguments that talk about god’s existence. And every argument I read just make me more agnostic as can be. It really feels good not having to be burdened by the thought of whether a god exists or not, when all arguments lead to only one answer: I do not know, and neither do you.

Besides, to quote Charles Darwin:

"I think an Agnostic would be the more correct description of my state of mind. The whole subject [of God] is beyond the scope of man's intellect."

Now, the reason why I am writing this comment is simply to tell those who call themselves "believers" that each and everyone are entitled to their own beliefs. It all must just come down to respect. Respect the religious [and even the political] views of others.

Respect our views, and we won't bother with yours. Tolerance goes both ways.

But if you still choose to impose your (Christian, Muslim, Jewish, etc) beliefs upon us, then we will just keep on making you recognise your fallacies.