Dear Whoever – Disasters and atheists

She's young, she's innocent, she's growing up in our dirty old world. And she's wondering what the hell is going on.
This is the world through the eyes of a child.

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Dear Whoever,

I’m praying to you but I don’t know who you are. My grandparents used to pray to God, but now lots of people say there is no such person and anyone who’s religious is just imagining it. And other people say there is, but not the one that Christians call God, the one who had a son called Jesus. They have other names for their god. Whatever, this is what’s on my mind this week.

Natural disasters. What’s that all about? Earthquakes, like there was this week in Taiwan. Loads of people killed and injured for no apparent reason. I can see why people in previous centuries thought those sorts of things were divine punishments. Even today there are people who think that – mainly those who haven’t had much of an education.

In the developed world, where we’ve all got some kind of grasp of science, we can either imagine how an earthquake or something happens, or at least we will believe the experts who tell us how and why they happen.

Tectonic plates, seismic shifts, all that sort of thing. We don’t really understand, but we know somebody who does, so we’re not afraid that it’s going to happen to us if we do something bad.

I think that’s why there are so many people nowadays that don’t believe in God. They think humans are so clever that we can work everything out for ourselves.

I suppose that’s true up to a point. Scientists are finding things out all the time, or at least coming up with theories. The Big Bang Theory, for instance. That really makes me laugh. The idea that the universe wasn’t created by a brain, a mind, but by an unexplainable event way, way in the past, that started life on earth, and we’ve learned more and more and become more and more sophisticated to the point that now we’ve got space stations and brain surgery, microwavable popcorn and Justin Bieber.

I’m not knocking Justin Bieber. A lot of my friends like him and I suppose I must admit he’s quite cute.

But getting back to the debate, God vs science, the atheists often argue that if there was a god, how come bad things like earthquakes happen.

And all I can say to that is this: “I don’t know.” But if it’s all down to us to solve the world’s problems, we’re not doing a very good job of it, are we?

It’s a complex subject, probably the most complex one you could possibly think of. And wasn’t the Big Bang Theory disproved recently? That’s the thing about humans and science. We accept one theory until further down the line somebody proves it wasn’t true all along. So having faith in something a scientist tells you is just like having a religious faith.

In all the years man has roamed this planet, fouling it up as he went, nobody has proved that God didn’t exist. I know that’s not as good as proving that he does exist, but each to his own, in my opinion. Non-believers just like to mock other people, I suppose.




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