The wolf story.
I'm unsure if this fits in this forum, but it seems the most logical to me. This is my first post, so moderators, feel free to move this where appopriate.
I often get into arguments with family members, friends, people I know, about why I am an athiest. I found a way to sort of, open their eyes. They are too stubborn to listen to me strictly say that their is no god. So, instead of challenging the belief in god, I challenge the intent of god. This they will listen to, and I've had a few people eventually become athiest because of this story.
These religious people often tell me that god loves us all. I ask them that if he did, why is the world such a terrible, hostile place? They tell me it is not the fault of god, but of satan. God is our father, and cares for us. So, I tell them this story.
Their is a family that lives in the woods. Father, mother, son. They live in a nice cabin, grow their own food, hunt their own meat, etc. They live in what could best be described as harmony. As the son grows older, the father takes him, and says, "Take a look at this forest. This forest belongs to you. Care for it, and it shall give you all that which you need to live in comfort. Food, water shelter, you can have it all here. Be warned, though, for to the east is dangerous. Their is a cave, and in that cave a den of wolves. Do not go to the east, for you will die." The son promises he will never go east. As the son grows older, curiousity naturally becomes him, and he starts to venture further and futher east. One day, he is quite far east, and decides that he shall go, and take a look at this cave. Just once, and never again. The son goes to the cave, looks, and his curiousity is satisfied. As he turns around to go home, the wolf jumps out, and attacks him. The son screams. AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!! The father hears this scream, and knows what has happened. The father takes his gun, loads it, brings spare ammunition, and runs towards his son. He can here his son screaming in agony, and the wolf mauling him. As the father arrives, he sees the wolf attacking his son. The father fires one shot into the air, hoping to scare the wolf away. BANG!!!! This does nothing, and the wolf still mauls the son. The son stares up at the father, with tears and blood running down his face, and says to his father, "I'm sorry. Please help me." Now, the father has a clear shot of the wolf. Their is no way the father will accidentally hit his son, nor miss the wolf. The father puts another round in the chamber, aims the gun, and then stops. The father lowers the gun, leans on a tree, and watches the scene unfold.
I ask you, who is worse? The wolf that attacks the child, or the father that, though he has the power to stop this, merely sits back, watches, and does nothing?