A String Of Strange Coincidences Indeed
About 16:50 I looked at my essay questions for my assessments due in a couple of weeks. I looked at my books to see if anything in them would be of any use, but none were. For some reason, I don't know why, this is not something I would normally do; I wrote down the names of some apparently useful books and wandered into town to see if they were there. They weren't. I started walking home but instead of starting to walk the way back I entered town, I thought for some unknown reason it might be of mild amusement to walk back a different way. As I got to the point in the journey when it was time to choose whether to go back the normal way or the "different" way, a group of idiots were behind me and were walking in the direction of the "different" way. Overhearing a few comments between them regarding me, I would have normally just avoided them and gone back the original way to avoid any trouble. This time, for reasons unknown, perhaps I just felt like they didn't have the right to influence where I walked, I decided to just carry on going the "different" way back. Incidentally nothing happened with the gang.
So I was walking back the "different" way and I nearly got home, but just before the last turn onto my street a 27 year old, black, smart and intelligent looking man stopped me as I was about to walk past him. He asked of my religion in an un-intrusive way, so I told him I didn't believe in anything. I told him I don't glorify religion and I don't bash it, I just put it to one side and ignore it. This man being a Christian, we stood and talked for perhaps quarter of an hour talking about religion, Christianity and existence. He asked if perhaps some time in the future I would like to meet with him and read over some parts of the Bible. For some reason I felt comfortable with this guy, he was friendly and conversation was somewhat stimulating so I pulled out my phone from my pocket, looked at the time and with nothing to do for a couple of hours thought "what better time than the present". I walked with him down to his house, this stranger I had just met's house, and sat in his bedroom whilst he found a Bible for both of us to look at. He told me I was very trusting, I replied "well, life has been a bit boring recently".
For about two hours we sat and discussed the Bible after reading little part by part. I liked his enthusiasm and I liked his dedication to Christianity but every part of the Bible we read, I had something negative to say about it. I don't believe in God, I am a scientist, I work with facts, this book was full of threats and wild assumptions. It didn't sit particularly well with me but I kept listening to what he was saying. He asked what got me up every morning, asked what I lived for. I told him nothing got me up, I told him I enjoy my metal, I said that was the biggest part of me, and also that I enjoy my photography and psychology very much, but nothing "gets me up" each morning. Seems being a Christian gives him a reason to get up every morning, he was motivated and enthused about being a good Christian and following the rules of this book. I was not convinced though, but still after I told him I needed to go, he gave me one of his bibles, wrote down some chapters to read and left me his contact details too.
Before I went I asked "so what made you stop me in the street and ask about my religion"? He, almost somewhat embarrassed replied that he had prayed, he had prayed to meet someone that was lost, someone that was open to perhaps guide.
I left and walked home with something to think about. Why had I so uncharacteristically ran into town for some books when the shops were about to close, why did I decide to go the "different" way home, and even with the gang of idiots behind me I kept to that track, and also why did I uncharacteristically find enjoyment in talking to a complete stranger about religion of all things. Why did I warm to this guy and even trust him enough to go back to his house with him to do something I would have never dreamed of doing - read parts of the Bible instead of coming back home to my games and entertainment. A prayer? Don't be silly. A string of strange coincidences indeed.
I am not religious and I severely doubt I will ever be changed, but reading those parts of the Bible was somewhat interesting if not a little disconcerting and frustrating at times. I have the guy's phone number and he urged me to contact him to perhaps meet up in the future. As much as I liked the guy, I don't think I will though, but who knows.
A strange tale, I thought may as well be told.
|Written on 12.04.2009 by Member of Staff since 2006
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