On Religion

Dear Marlon,

I just finished the book you gave me recently and to be honest, I did not think it was very interesting. This does not mean that the book was not well written or that the characters were not well developed, rather it means that I am still lacking the appreciation for fiction. But, having said that, I can only assume that this is not what you want to hear about and that what you truly wish to know is my current opinion on religion. So here it is.

I consider myself agnostic. I do not believe there is a God nor that there is not; I simply leave him a question. This seems to be the safest and most reasonable position that one could possibly hold. However, this does not mean that I am neutral toward his existence. In fact, I hope God exists. Death scares me so I like to believe that there is such thing as an afterlife.

If I see God after I die, I will immediately accept him. And if he says to me that that is not good enough, I can only defend myself by saying that I have attempted to live a life helping others. Some may ask “Why take that chance?” “If acceptance means heaven and agnosticism means hell, then what if you are wrong?” These are very good questions. I admit that I am taking a chance, but so are Christians. It is possible that Christianity is not the one true religion and that some other is. And it is also possible that none of the religions on earth are true. However, even if that were the case, I would still believe that God may exist. Thus, in a sense, I give him the benefit of the doubt.

Your best friend,