I used to go to this Christian church that was very light on the dogma and heavy on the activities and that’s the reason I went there was to participate in a lot of outreach activities.
I met this one girl there and we would hang out sometimes but it was always something connected to something about the church we hadn’t quite made the leap to hang out completely outside of church.
On one of these activities she had a friend meet her there and this friend noticed we were talking together and her friend invited me to a party that both of them were going to. I thought this was my opportunity to slowly transition this church relationship to an the outside world one.
While I was at this party I noticed that the church girl was spending a lot of time avoiding me which sent me the signal that she didn’t really want to create a relationship with the outside of church, which was fine.
Church Girl’s Friend
I ended up hanging out with the girl that invited me and she told me about her childhood which was a very interesting story because when she was a kid her parents were very strong believers in a lot of conspiracy theories.
Her dad believed that aliens and the United States government had been working together ever since World War II and the US government was using a lot of alien technology particularly to spy on American citizens.
Her dad believed that if you had a certain amount in parts per million colloidal silver in your bloodstream at any given time that would inhibit the aliens ability to read your thoughts while you slept at night.
As a little kid she believed all the stuff at face value. But then when she started going to elementary school she started to question these beliefs.
Santa Clause And Aliens
Kind of like little kids believe in Santa Claus but then when you go to elementary school and you start talking all your friends and you start to question whether or not Santa Claus is actually real.
She started to talk to her friends and she realized that not a lot of other kids at school had parents that believed in aliens and thought that drinking colloidal silver was a part of a healthy diet.
She kind of questioned her dad and she started to learn about science in school. One time that she was at this meeting that her dad was having with some of his conspiracy theory friends and she had the strong intention to talk to one of these people and disprove some of these beliefs very much like kids try to get their parents to admit that Santa Claus is some kind of a made up story.
She got into this lengthy discussion almost like an argument with this one guy that she sort of knew but didn’t really know who he was and it turns out that this guy was welcoming her dissent from the conspiracy beliefs.
Nothing Is As It Seems
It turns out that this guy had a lot of very powerful paranormal skills and he spent the next couple of hours demonstrating these paranormal skills to this girl and she was very young.
The first thing he did was he told her to take a deck of cards go into a room shuffle the cards as often as she wanted to and then pull out 10 cards and write them down in order on a slip of paper. Then folded up the paper, put the cards back in the box, go back outside and he would read her mind and tell her exactly the order of the cards on the piece of paper.
They did that seven or eight times and each time he was absolutely correct. The next thing they did was she put a pencil on the table and he told her he was going to move the pencil with his mind and he did the first couple of times.
But of course she suspected it was some kind of trick that he was blowing on it or something. What they ended up doing was she put the pencil on the table and she put a bowl on top of the pencil. An opaque or plastic bowl, a bowl you couldn’t see through.
She put something on the outside of the bowl to indicate the position of the pencil and every single time he would move the pencil underneath the bowl. This took away any ideas of strings or blowing on it. Now this two-hour session with this guy she was left with a considerable amount of doubt what was true and what wasn’t true.
She ended up going to college and getting a regular job and she still keeps in contact with her father. But he still believes all these conspiracy beliefs. He still believes that drinking colloidal silver is a part of a healthy diet to keep the aliens from being able to read your mind while you’re sleeping.
She still believes more or less in mainstream science, but that one conversation about that long series of events with that stranger at a party convinced her that even though we are certain that something is true there’s always the possibility that we could be wrong.
She learned that it’s very very healthy to always question everything because the worst thing you can do is believe something and solidify that belief simply by finding other people that believe the same thing that doesn’t really add any more information.
That’s kind of like voting on what’s true and what’s not true so as long as you have a healthy bit of skepticism for anything that’s the kind of healthiest mindset to have and after that conversation I kind of stopped going to church.
Every time I went to church in the preacher started preaching about the Bible. He talked about it as if that was the absolute truth. I couldn’t help but wonder what if this is not true what if there’s something else.
Nothing Is Certain
That little bit of question made me not really see so much value in going to the church and and once I stopped going to the church I kind of lost all my interest in the girl.
It turned out we really weren’t destined to be together anyways. It was just kind of a church friend type of relationship but I was thinking it was a potential outside of church relationship.
I think she is accurate and that is a good idea to always question everything because we can never be certain to monitor how much we think we know.
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