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The Atheist Uber Driver


 

One Friday night, I had to stay late at work to finish something and since I finished late, I took an Uber home. It so happens that I had a chatty driver that night and he seems a pleasant fellow to talk to but I noticed that he got triggered when a couple of Lamborghini's went passed us and as if they were racing illegally as we were driving along one of Sydney's motorways.

So after that, our conversation turned a sudden dark turn from being the pleasantries of daily life to the thinning of the middle class to the entitlements of the rich and to what he felt about religion.  In turns out that he was an atheist and he started to convince me about me potentially being naive and being scammed person as I said that I was a believer.

As much as I wanted to refute him about his points, I chose not to as I feared that it may not be the safest decision as his driving was a bit affected by the emotions he was expressing about the religious topics he was discussing.  They were nothing new to be honest and in a safer situation, I would have tried to convince him otherwise.  Maybe I should have.  I honestly felt that I missed out on an opportunity to try and talk and convince him to my side of things.  Maybe perhaps another time.

He was talking about how foolish the Abrahamic religions were and that how the Bible was corrupt and how it was mistranslated and that if I knew about the God in the scriptures as per actual translation of Greek and Hebrew manuscripts, that God wasn't loving at all and a cruel one.  He was claiming that he learned Hebrew and that he can read the old manuscripts and I thought, hmmm, maybe not.  I don't know, I just don't think someone who can do that would want to be just an Uber driver for such a long time as he claimed but anyways, that is just my opinion.

If the situation would have allowed it, I would have told him that what he all believed were lies. There is only one truth and his name is Jesus Christ of Nazareth.  The only way, the only truth and the only life.  You don't need to be a scholar to realize this, only common sense really.  People tend to find what they seek and if you seek Jesus, you will find Him.  Sadly, that goes the same for the opposite as well because if you seek to discredit God, you will find all the information as well.  Satan would gladly help everyone stay away from God as far as possible.

I pray for that Uber Driver.  I pray that he will find the truth in Jesus someday. I pray for all of us specially all us Christians as the time is near.  I pray for Bishop Mar Mari Emmanuel as well.  For those who don't know, he was attacked with a knife while he was in the middle of celebrating mass last April 14, 2024 in his own church at Wakeley but miraculously survived it with minor injuries as the attacker's knife failed to open as he was stabbing the poor priest.  

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