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Atheistic Faith

The below item is part of my "Conversations" series.

The leader of a Christian-teen meeting leading a role-playing activity

Mario: Alright Octavia, you’re up.

Octavia: Cool!

Mario: Okay. I’m an atheist that you’ve met at school. I’ve agreed to hear you out about God, but you don’t have a lot of time before your next class starts. Got it?

Octavia: Got it!

Mario: Okay — Go!

Octavia: Hey there, Mario.

Mario: Hey.

Octavia: Thanks for letting me talk to you a bit. I won’t take a lot of your time.

Mario: Okay.

Octavia: So, I hear you’re an atheist.

Mario: Yeah. Was it the Anton LaVey button or the "Die for your own sins" t-shirt that gave me away?

Octavia: It was just kind of a feeling I had. I’ve been meaning to ask you what you think about faith.

Mario: Faith is for suckers. If you can’t show something to me, it doesn’t exist.

Octavia: You believe in scientific proof though, right?

Mario: Duh. Science is all there is. The Bible’s a bunch of legends and lies.

Octavia: Got it. So what does science say about what existed before the universe began?

Mario: Before the Big Bang there wasn’t anything. No universe or anything. Definitely not God.

Octavia: And after the Big Bang, what happened?

Mario: What do you mean, "what happened"?

Octavia: I mean, how did we get here.

Mario: It’s all the laws of nature.

Octavia: Where did they come from?

Mario: They just are. It’s obvious.

Octavia: Let me see if I understand you. You think that everything suddenly appeared from nothing, that a bunch of laws appeared at the same time as everything else, that all matter obeys these laws by itself, and that atoms flung into the void by a cosmic explosion bounced around at random until they made California, your weird haircut, and this conversation?

Mario: You’ve got it.

Octavia: You sure must have pretty strong faith to believe in all that.

Mario: Hey! I don’t have faith. Faith is for chumps.

Octavia: Then you can prove all of that? Everything coming from nothing? Random events making animals?

Mario: Well — not exactly. But it’s the only thing that makes sense.

Octavia: No, it’s not the only thing. God also makes sense. With God, the universe came from somewhere. With God, the laws of nature have a grounding. With God, all the obvious design we see around us has a designer. I think it’s easier to believe in one God instead of in all of those other things. Personally, I don’t have enough faith to be an atheist.

Mario: Okay, now wait a minute. I guess I really do have faith in some stuff, and I know that we should have faith in as few things as possible, so maybe this God thing really is worth looking into.

Octavia: I’m glad to hear you say so. If you want, you’re welcome to borrow my Bible and see what it says on the subject.

Mario: I don’t know — that’s kind of a big step. I need to think about it for a bit.

Octavia: No problem at all. I’m sure I’ll see you around. Let me know when you’re ready.

Mario: Okay. Thank you! — And, scene! Great job, Octavia:

Octavia: That was tough!

Mario: You did fine. I bet you can’t wait to get out in the real world and give it a try!

Octavia: You bet!

Mario: Okay, let’s see who’s next for role playing.

 


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Posted on November 29, 2013 at 8:24 pm by ideclare · Permalink
In: Conversations

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