- Religion and Philosophy
Why Do Unbelievers Always Want Proof?
A Conversation With A Believer
Believer: Hi, I would like to tell you about my faith.
Unbeliever: I'm sorry, I don't believe in God.
Believer: Dear God, please help this Unbeliever believe in you.
Unbeliever: I see you believe in prayer.
Believer: Yes, of course. Prayer is the way for us to talk to God.
Unbeliever: And God talks back?
Believer: Yes, he does.
Unbeliever: I don't understand. If you pray and God talks back, and it is the same God each time for everybody in the world, then why is there so many different Gods and belief systems in the world? If the same God talks back, won't the world be slowly moving towards one God and one belief system? Maybe you guys aren't praying, right?
Believer: God talks back when you pray, but only when you really listen. Sometimes people are too troubled by their own problems and they don't really listen.
Unbeliever: Do you really listen?
Believer: Yes, I do!
Unbeliever: So, your message is the one true message?
Believer: Of course.
Unbeliever: But just last week, there was another Believer from another belief system that talked to me. I asked him the same questions and he gave me the same answers, and assured me that his message was the one true message. Who should I believe?
The preceding is not meant to put down Believers in any way. Believers really believe in their message and must be admired for their devotion and single minded purpose.
However, Unbelievers do face an uphill task, something which Believers, in their zest, fail to fully appreciate.
There are 19 major religions in the world, which can be sub divided into 270 large religious groups. And those groups can be further divided into many thousands of smaller groups.
As an example, the Christian faith can be divided into about 8 different branches, But within the branches, there are over 34,000 different Christian organizations worldwide.
In the light of this, it is very fair for an Unbeliever to ask "What makes your message The Message?" of a Believer.
The Power Of Prayer
If God does speak through prayers, then the world should be slowly converging into the one true religion. However, the diversity and number of religious groups worldwide does not seem support this.
Unbelievers are looking for the truth too. But sometimes the truth may lie not in the destination but in the journey itself.
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