I’m reading Richard Dawkins ‘The God Delusion’ at the moment and there’s two reasons why; firstly I caught a little bit of it on Channel Four one evening a few years ago and I liked his arguments and his passion and his logic but secondly and more importantly I firmly believe that the best books to read are exactly those ones that argue against your opinion.
Having been brought up during The Troubles in Norn Iron and being able to see both sides of the conflict, I’ve always strived to expand my perspective but growing up in a family with eight other siblings did make it difficult at times to see arguments from the other persons perspective. And growing up I kind’a had religion rammed down my throat whether I believed it or not. When I was a kid, I used to pray every night for a new bike. Then I realised, the Lord doesn’t work that way. So I just stole one and asked Him to forgive me … and I got it! And unusually for an Irishman, I wasn’t brought up Catholic but still, each Easter I gave up picking my belly button for lint.
However, the thing I find really interesting (and very ironic) is that Richard Dawkins will never know if he is right were-as the Archbishop of Canterbury will never know if he is wrong. Perhaps I’d better explain, if the Archbishop of Canterbury is wrong and there is no such place and heaven or hell then he will never actually know, he will die and that’s it, so he will never know that he was wrong, he will only know if he is right BUT the opposite goes for Richard Dawkins, when he dies and if he is right he will never know that he is actually right because of course he will not exist but if he is wrong then he will indeed know he is wrong and get prodded up the butt by some cloven hooved demon or whatever, but the thing is, since atheist’s seem to get a raw deal here, I’m wondering if it’s best just to hedge your bets and say you believe in heaven and hell and fire and brimstone because if it doesn’t exist then it won’t matter but if it does exist then you are covered.. or is that a bit cynical of me…
I’m quite like the arguments Richard Dawkins is making and I imagine God is probably reading his book right now and thinking “wow, there is no way to go against his logic, therefore I must not exist..” and God suddenly vanishes in a puff of smoke.
And talking about God (whom I believe invented the sense of humour)..
A middle-aged woman had a heart attack and was taken to the hospital. While on the operating table, she had a near death experience.
Seeing God, she asked “Is my time up?”
God said, “No, you have another 43 years, 2 months, and 8 days to live.”
Upon recovery, the woman decided to stay in the hospital and have a facelift, liposuction, and a tummy tuck. She even had someone come in and change her hair colour. Since she had so much more time to live, she figured she might as well make the most of it.
After her last operation, she was released from the hospital. While crossing the street on her way home, she was killed by an ambulance.
Arriving in front of God, she demanded, “I thought you said I had another 40 years? Why didn’t you pull me from out of the path of the ambulance?”
God replied, “Oops, sorry, I didn’t recognise you!”