Those conversations have interrupted me several times during school. Sometimes the debates get so interesting I stop everything I'm doing and listen...however, as informative as it may sometimes be, it has its downside. Such as, when a certain person is trying to take very important Spanish exam. It may be a personal problem, but I find when trying to pass a hard test, it is rather unhelpful when one is drawn away by the sounds of men arguing over the concept of hell.
Today, as I sat wrapping a gift for someone, I heard another ominous debate brewing from my father's laptop, and, of course, did the inevitable: I listened.
After a few hair-rising conversations a less-aggressive voice was heard. A man discussed several problems people were having in the church and then carried on to say something intensely interesting.
"We have a college magazine and people often talk about the church and atheism," He said, "Usually the questions and comments are minor and don't raise much interest. However, one day a person wrote the question, 'Why do people even go to church? I mean, I've gone to church all of my life and can only remember a few sermons. I don't see what the advantage is.' And this statement caused quite a stir."
I sat there, carefully folding over the pieces of wrapping paper over my gift, and found myself speechless. "That is so true," I thought to myself. At that moment, I couldn't come up with one irreproachable, convincing reason of why I should continue to go to church. Especially since, as of late, I have been disappointed by that exact fact: I tend to forget a lot of the sermons I hear on Sundays. Of course, I'm sure if I had been given a minute to consider, I might have come up with one reason to go to chuch. Yet, seeing that I only had about five seconds..well...all I could do then was listen.
"Later on we got a response to that question in the magazine, " The man continued slowly, "A young man wrote in saying 'I know that some people may not see a reason to continue going to church, especially since you may only remember two or three sermons out of hundreds. Yet I know this much: I have eaten three meals every day for every single day of my life. However, I can only remember a few of those meals. Yet although I can only remember a few, I am pretty sure that without all of those meals, I wouldn't have been able to live.'"
My phrasing may not be perfectly accurate, and I am pretty sure that I forgot most of the details, since wrapping a gift does take a certain amount of concentration. Defying all of this, I am quite sure that did not make the impact of his words any less.
It's so funny how someone can go from complete puzzlement to a "Eureka!" moment in about five seconds. And I remember thinking to myself, "If I had thought for a few minutes over that question, would I have been able to come up with such a convincing answer?"