Why are people considered “ignorant” for not blindly believing in something?
Nathaniel was considered a “bigot” because he was honest, bold, and proud; willing to speak his mind, even in front of Jesus. Why is it that when we disagree with people we are often thought of as a bigot? In a world where everything is about “me,” if someone disagrees or doesn’t share the same view, they are instantly regarded as intolerant of the person they disagree with. Nathaniel didn’t blindly believe. He was offered a chance to hang with Jesus to see what it was all about. He had faith and he also had doubt.
Growing up I thought I was an atheist, or that there was no God at all. My family never attended church. We never talked about it. I know that both of my parents had attended church growing up so why didn’t we? I had only been to church a handful of times; once with a friend and two or three times to Sunday school. The concept of God and religion was just never part of my life and I never questioned it. Then one day my mom and I were in the car and we were most likely discussing all three of my brother’s girlfriends at the time. My younger brother had just recently started dating someone who attended church which meant that he tagged along for her sake. During the conversation I told my mom that I didn’t believe in God. Her reaction resulted in us almost going off the side of the road. But why?
Do people think that if they just mention God or something about religion that people will just suddenly believe? It doesn’t work that way. I’ve been going to church for five years. I get tired of being told to “just believe” or “just say yes to Jesus” or repeating a prayer that is supposed to magically make me believe. It isn’t working.