In my last blog post, I mentioned the reaction from my Christian friend to the atheist quotes I posted. There was quite a bit of back and forth on Facebook with basically ended with her saying, rather smugly, that I certainly don't seem very happy now that I've abandoned religion.
Of course, her point was that since I've given up religion, that's why I'm not currently happy. I replied that I'm no more unhappy than I was with I was a theist and that since life isn't perfect, we can't expect to be happy all the time.
If fact, I can make my point by saying that when my first marriage ended, I was a practicing theist and I was terribly unhappy, despondent and in heart wrenching pain. Well, my second wife left me two days ago and, once again, I was terribly unhappy, despondent and in heart wrenching pain. But with or without a belief in a god, the emotions and pain were the same. With or without a belief in a god, I am starting to feel better and get a handle on things. Its anecdotal, I know, but it serves to illustrate what I've noticed again and again in my life: believing in a god makes no difference one way or another, so that belief is obviously unnecessary and so I reject it.
To get to the point in the title of this blog, my Christin friend has yet to contact me to at all, even though I went through my health scare and now this separation from my wife. Where is the Christian compassion and forgiveness? Once again, its anecdotal, but in this case, being a Christian doesn't seem to create more empathy or attempts to ease pain and suffering. I suppose I should give her the benefit of the doubt, but I know she's been on Facebook every day since our little discussion. I would have expected at least a "hope things work out" or "thinking of you". That's the decent humane thing to do. Funny how it was my non-theists friends who sent the well wishes and expressed their concern. Not that I'm surprised. Just very saddened that religious belief has probably ruined a great friendship.