So, last weekend I had my best friend from St. Louis staying at my place (she used to go to my school but left last year). We were having a pretty good time together but we started talking about some serious stuff. This included marriage and religion.
Now just to give you a bit of background, my friend is devoutly Christian and I’m agnostic. It’s never really been a “problem” before, we mostly tend to agree to disagree on a majority of topics (which I was perfectly ok with). But apparently my friend wanted to have a spiritual conversation with me because she thinks God put me in her life. According to her, I need to read the Bible (specifically John) in order to have any kind of spiritual conversation. I did not, and still do not, agree. I was raised Catholic and have a pretty good understanding of the Christian faith and what the Bible says, therefore I don’t see the need for me to read the Bible. [This is like the basic gist of the conversation, there’s a lot more detail that I won’t go into]
We never really came to a common understanding/solution and I think that’s why it continues to bug me. Plus I think its a bigger deal to me, than it is to her because she just keeps saying it was a discussion and I’m taking it too seriously. I don’t want to lose her as a friend, but I feel like this will continue to come up in our conversations and when she come to Chicago.
How would you deal with this situation?
Does anyone from the agnostic community have any thoughts on how to deal with this type of situation?