Today I was pounced upon by a Jehovahs witness. I normally pass on by but today I decided to talk. The conversation proved interesting.
Before he started on his prepared speech I quoted the Stephen Fry argument “Bone cancer in children? What’s that about. Why should I respect a capricious, mean minded, stupid God who creates a world which is so full of injustice and pain?”
That slowed him down a bit but he explained the bone cancer in children by quoting “The sins of the fathers is passed on to the children”
What…! So, not only, according to Mr Fry is this man’s God ‘capricious, mean minded and stupid’ but he is also vindictive and a torturer of innocents, willing to maim children because of their fathers “misdemeanours”. This is a debased, medieval utter bastard of a deity. And thus truly not worthy of any respect or following.
But I went on… what about the ever forgiveness of the almighty? If he is so forgiving of the sinner why then is he not forgiving of the children of that sinner? No answer was forthcoming.
Such bollocks. It’s simply a device to keep the ‘religiously imprisoned’ in line and pacified, willing to accept anything and do anything lest they or their offspring are tortured by a creature of their own imaginings. Some beneficent religion this I thought.
But he went on to explain ‘there is proof of God because of all the millions of worlds there must be we are the only one with humanity. That can’t be a coincidence’ said he. It shows design and a power of a deity.
So I asked how did he know there were no others? He replied ‘we have not seen them therefore they don’t exist’. Hmmm Like God I said.
Not pleased with the direction this conversation was taking he returned to the argument of the sins of the father. Pointing to a pamphlet on the ‘messages in the cells of the human body’ he argued that like genetics sin is passed on from father to child.
So life is about nature and not nurture then I asked. Perplexed he asked why I said that.
Well if it’s about nature, as you argue, and not nurture, that points to evolution which dispels your myth of creationism doesn’t it? And if not nurture then all your ministering is of no value surely.
We had touched on other things but his argument on those was about as profound.
We shook hands and parted. Both unmoved and none the wiser.