In school I am taking a class called Health and Medicine. Basically, it is a preparation for students to go into the medical field…college, career, etc. I really enjoy it, but sometimes it can be really awkward. It gets fairly personal on a lot of different subjects. Recently, we did a survey thing throughout the class where we all had to stand up and stand under a sign that said either “Strongly Agree, Agree, Neutral, Disagree, or Strongly Disagree.” We were asked several questions and we had to walk over to what we believed. The viewpoints on several subjects were fairly spread out and on others very “together”. But the one question that got me was “I believe that prayer is powerful and can do good things” (or something along those lines)…well, I was the only person that went to disagree. Every other person in the class was standing under strongly agree. Do you realize how awkward that feeling is? The looks that a few people gave me were, well, on the verge of embarrassing. They looked at me like I was a freak. Ironically though, I was wearing a T-Shirt that said “Got Jesus?” I had that shirt from back when I used to be a Christian, so I still wear it…why not?
I suppose my point is that people shouldn’t have to feel awkward for not believing in the supernatural. It is a personal choice, it doesn’t make you a freak or a bad person. Why do some (maybe even most??) religious people believe that if you are an atheist, agnostic, or non christian, etc. you are a bad person or weird? It’s simply not true. I agreed with those people on most things, yet, because I don’t believe in the supernatural I’m not normal? That’s just not right. It’s a wrong, very wrong belief to have. And I would discourage anyone that does think that if you aren’t a theist that you’re bad. That viewpoint is 100% ignorant.