Today, while minding my own business playing Tera, the doorbell rang. Of course I went to a safe spot to open the door… but I wish I hadn’t. Outside my door, I met two young men who were dressed nicely, and smiled at me. I knew where this was going, and my first thought was “Oh no, Mormons…” To me, they are just like Jehovah’s Witness; people who disturb you in your own private home, while trying to convert you to some absurd religion.
I think it’s okay for people to believe in whatever they want, and it should also be okay to believe in nothing, which is what I do. When people show up in front of my door to prove me wrong though, the fun stops. I really don’t like that! Because I don’t want to come across as a rude and ignorant woman, I don’t slam the door in their faces, although that’s what I always feel like doing. Besides, they were nice guys, so what the heck…
From the very beginning of the conversation, I made it clear that I don’t believe in any God, never have, and never will. That’s something that either scares them off, or makes them want to talk even more. Sadly, this time it was the second option, and they tried their best to make me believe that God is watching me. I’ve talked with them before, but this time I noticed something. It’s like they want to take advantage of your doubt.
While Jehovah usually just tries to fill you with as much information as humanly possible while talking to you, these two guys tried to bombard me with questions they wanted to answer themselves, almost as if they wanted me to doubt myself, and then accept any answer they had to give. Questions like “What happens when you die?” and “What if God appeared in front of you right now?” leave me cold though, as the answer to both those questions is “Nothing.” Nothing happens when I die, and nothing would happen if God would appear in front of me right now.
They were not too happy with me fighting off every question with disbelief, as they told me God exists, and they have proof of it in their book. One of the guys pulled a book out of his bag, and asked me if I wanted to hold it. Uhm, no thanks. Apparently though, true salvation was to find within that book, and they had both experienced the power of God after reading it, and they thought I should too. “Guys, I don’t even get to read what I really want to, because of our noisy neighbors…” Implying that I have better books I’d rather spend my energy on, if only I had the required peace and silence to do that.
It was like that for about 10 minutes, and my biggest worry was, if my priest on Tera had now died because of my absence. Fortunately, they didn’t seem to have anything more to say, and we shook hands and parted ways, while I told them that I do find religion interesting, but I will never believe in any God. Something my boyfriend thinks I should not have said, because now they’d just come back next week for another talk, haha! Well, they can always stop by, but I’m not sure I’ll greet them with a smile again.
Well anyway, as mentioned above, I think it’s perfectly fine to believe in whatever you want, but when you try to rub your belief in my face, I draw the line. When your religion affects me in a negative way, I won’t convert to it, will I? Would you? Probably not. If I want to know more about something, I grab my phone and Google it. What I really don’t need is someone telling me I should try to pray sometime, as it would help me find God. I’d rather try looking for my plastic covers for laminating, as chances are bigger to find them, than to find God.
On that note, I’d never try to force someone into NOT believing in God. I tell people why I don’t believe in anything, but only if they ask me. I find it very rude to disturb people in their homes, just to try and convince them of something they are allowed not to believe in. I wish I could find a nice way to tell them just that, and avoid that awkward conversation when they knock on my door, but I can’t seem to find the right words, and am afraid of coming off as a rude atheist prick… *sigh*
Oh well, while I do not like to change the topic within the same post, I’ll do it anyway. Because I just want to announce, that I’ve made my first Etsy sale, and will ship the item today! It was for a friend though, so my shop is not officially open yet, and thus not linked here. I’m also working on a custom order for another friend, and won’t upload any items to Etsy again before I’m done with it. But hey, I’m working hard on improving my skills, and just wanted to announce, that an Etsy shop is on the way, which I hope will be a good experience for me!
Back on topic (sorry): What do you think about Jehovah and Mormons knocking on your door? Do you talk to them, or have you got a nice method of making them leave without being rude? Are you maybe a member of either of those religious groups, and would like to defend your honor? I’m interested in knowing! 🙂