On the 22nd March 2013 there was a brutal, horrific attack on a young man on the streets of Woolwich. I won’t re-hash the details here, if anyone has managed not to know what happened, you can Google it. I’m more concerned about the veritable shitstorm that various fascist groups have managed to stir up about it.
After a little bit of reading up about him I’ve found out the following facts…
I believe in God, but I’m not one of those people who like to preach. If whatever or whoever you believe in gives you strength and hope, then I’m happy.
If, however, it makes you distrust people of other religions, then I do have a problem.
I can’t believe any God would encourage ill-feeling between us. Or condone the use of violence and brutality to convey His message. Or that he would rather His children die than use the full range of modern medical procedures available to them. How can that be anything other than suicide?
I speak from experience here; my nan let herself die rather than have a blood transfusion. She was a Jehovah’s Witness.
If there is a God, he is kind and compassionate, and forgiving. Not the barbaric ogre some people make Him out to be, while they commit atrocities in His name.
And as for atheists….how can that be possible? How can some people go through life without the promise of a just reward at the end of it?
Don’t get me wrong, I believe in science too. I believe that schools that don’t teach evolutionary science are severely letting down their pupils. I believe in God despite science proving evolution.
That’s what faith is.