**Edited...I really hate useing the word "stupid" anymore and I'm trying to get away from it, so I changed the title to "close-minded" and edited the reference to stupid and asshole. There has to be a reason people who don't believe in God or religion chastise those who do...but I guess it doesn't make them "bad".
If there's one thing that bugs the crap out of me it's people who think THEIR way of thinking is the only way of thinking, especially when it comes to religion. I ran into someone I used to work with who was preaching to me today there was no such thing as God and it reminded me of a discussion forum I used to belong to that was mostly women. I recall that every now and then there was a discussion about religion. And every time the discussion came up, one specific individual who prides herself in her so-called scientific mind and college education usually degrades those who "believe" and tells them what morons they are for believing in God, Jesus and the Bible. She thinks people are stupid for not using what she calls "scientific reasoning" and she comes right out and belittles and degrades their beliefs. I always found it appalling that such an intelligent person could be so close-minded.
I am not a Christian. I was not raised one way or the other, but I was raised to respect all religions. My father was raised Christian and my mother is Jewish, her paternal grandparents having been Orthodox Jews. I'm still trying to find my way but one thing is that I believe there is a higher power. I am not sure exactly what it's all about yet but for everything in this universe to have been created and laid out like it is, that's one hell of a coincidence, one hell of a plan coming together without something in charge of it. Then the question is "if God created it all, who created God?"
I have varying theories for the creation of our universe, but I am trying to find my way. But you will never hear me telling someone I disagree with that their "religious" beliefs are shit. I wasn't brought up like that.