12/03/09 Miguel, Thomas', graduate students
After work I stopped at the IIT campus and talked to Miguel and Thomas' at a table in the student center. They are both architectual students from the island of Mallorca off the western coast of Spain. They said they don't believe in God and aren't interested in religion. They just want to finish school and get good jobs someday. I tried to get them to focus on their more distant future, telling them that if they studied in advance to prepare for exams, why wouldn't they want to prepare ahead of time for the possiblity of eternal life?. They agreed, but not enthusiastically, so I decided to end the conversation with a friendly statement that eternity is worth preparing for and leave them more info in case this sparked some interest. Looking back, I realize I forgot that most people, whether they claim to be believers or not, trust that if there IS a God they would be considered to be good by Him, so their lack of spiritual concern probably came from this belief. The mirror of the Ten Commandments could have exposed this false confidence.