My mom knows that I really don't believe that the JW's have the 'truth' and she is always telling me to just give it more time and I'll snap out of it. She thinks I'm going through a stage right now and I'll 'grow out of it' and eventually I'll want to return to the religion. I try to reasure her that such hopes are futile, but often my conversations go like this:
Aren't you afraid of God's judgment in denying him if your wrong?
Most certainly not. I also deny Zeus and Jupiter and Odin and Brahma, but this causes me no qualms. I observe that a very large portion of the human race does not believe in God and suffers no visible punishment in consequence. And if there were a God, I think it very unlikely that He would have such an uneasy vanity as to be offended by those who doubt His existence.
How do you as a scientist explain the beauty and harmony of nature?
I do not understand where this "beauty" and "harmony" are supposed to be found. Throughout the animal kingdom, animals ruthlessly prey upon each other. Most of them are either cruelly killed by other animals or slowly die of hunger. For my part, I am unable to see any great beauty or harmony in the tapeworm. I suppose your thinking of such things as the beauty of the starry heavens. But remember that stars every now and again explode and reduce everything in their neighborhood to a vague mist. Beauty, in any case, is subjective and exists only in the eye of the beholder.
You're only saying this because you've never been in the world and you don't know how bad it is out there.
In a sence I've always been in the world, I don't isolate myself from other people or refuse to talk to them because there not of the same religion as me. So I know what other people are like, besides you make the assumption that those who are in the 'truth' are spared any ill effect of the world, which clearly isn't true. Plus, I'm no fool, 99% of the people I know at univeristy are extremely happy and doing well, while 60% of the people in my kingdom hall are on antidepressants.
But alas, I'm not getting through because it seems we keep having the same conversations over and over, any sugestions?