Why are random strangers so concerned with what I believe to be true? And why are they so ready to beat me over the head with “science”? I don’t beat them over the head with the Bible. Ever. They’ll cite Darwin as if he’s a god and not just a regular man. They’ll point to graphs and then fall apart when I say I don’t necessarily agree with the findings. “How can I be so blind? How can I be so ignorant? How can I be so trusting of some magical man in the sky when SCIENCE is right here staring me down?”, they say exasperatedly. Well, because I believe differently. I’ve done my research, studied the hard sciences and mathematics, read the findings, taken into account various reports by other men and women and I’ve come to my conclusions logically, rationally and with faith.
I believe God created the heavens and the earth and everything that is in them. I don’t subscribe to everything that Darwin posits but I do understand hybridization and mutation. Those two things are real and repeatable. I do believe that mankind contributes pollution to the atmosphere and that landfills will eventually become a force to reckon with. I don’t believe that mankind has the ability to drastically effect the weather/climate/whatever.
I don’t believe that the government has the authority to define marriage because I believe that marriage is defined by God as one man and one woman.
I believe that individuals are the best determiners of what is best for them. I believe that “the government” is just a bunch of people who don’t know better for me than I do but that “the government” has roles & responsibilities outlined in the Constitution that they should be doing and no more. I believe that private businesses can outperform the government in everything that isn’t in the Constitution (and probably in that too but it’s not their job).
I believe in helping people have a better life for themselves but that just giving people stuff isn’t the way to help them. I believe that the world would be a much better place if people would invest in their relationships with their God, themselves and their families and friends.
I believe that loving people and supporting them is the best way to live life.
And apparently, as I’ve noticed on Twitter and Facebook, my beliefs cause some people great angst. I’m one person, yet I can aggravate the heck out of some stranger because I hold certain beliefs. They will scold me, challenge me, call me names, try to denigrate me – and others – because we have beliefs that don’t align with their own.
Why does it bother some people so much that I don’t believe the same things they do? Why does it bug people that I believe in God? It’s my belief. I haven’t and will never force someone to believe what I believe. What causes them so much strife that they must “troll”, pursue and curse me for what I believe? I’m not a high profile journalist, politician or Hollywood product that has influence over millions of people.
What are they so scared of?