California Catholic Daily reporter, Mary Rose, visits a California college each week and asks students about God, good, and evil. Interview with Lilia, who is studying pre-nursing, near the J. Paul Leonard Library at San Francisco State University on October 23, 2019.
Do you consider yourself religious?
Lilia: Tough question. I’m trying to find myself, in which religion I fit, because my family started off being Catholic and then my parents got divorced like three years ago and my dad found his way into Christianity. He’s really for it and he’s always telling me to think about it. So I’m trying to find where I fit. I was baptized and had my First Communion and everything. I believe in God.
If an atheist asked you why you believe in God, what would you say?
Lilia: I believe in God because, since I was little, I was raised and told that someone created this, a man created this. And because of a book, based on a book basically. That’s how I believe there’s a God. I just believe that because growing up my parents told me that. There’s no evidence that I know of. I would have to research and see if there’s any evidence.
If someone asked you who Jesus is, what would you say?
Lilia: For me Jesus is someone who hears me and my thoughts and guides me throughout my life and has a plan for me in the future.
Do you believe in an afterlife?
Lilia: I have doubts about it. I’ve always thought about like, is there really an afterlife? But I think I will have to ask someone about it.
What do you think about the Catholics moral teachings?
Lilia: I think it depends on the topic, especially abortion, it depends. I do hold some morals but not all of them.
What do you think about abortion?
Lilia: I think abortion, it doesn’t matter for me, because I’m not going through it. But for people who are going through it and have to make the decision, I think that there is a certain time you should choose when to abort a life or not. I think you should abort if the living thing is becoming defective or is not going to be compatible with life that we have now. If it’s late-term, she has to have strong reasoning why she should have an abortion. It it can’t be just like, “oh, I want to abort it just because.” Because she could give birth to it and someone else could have that opportunity to adopt, someone that doesn’t have the opportunity to have babies or can’t. They could take care of the baby so she doesn’t have to worry about it.
Do you think that abortion kills a baby?
Lilia: That’s a tough one. I don’t think I can answer that.
The Catholic Church teaches that marriage is between one man and one woman. Do you agree with that?
Lilia: I do agree with that. But it’s all on the person, if they want to do it, they’ll do it. I really don’t care, they can go about their lives, it’s up to them. It doesn’t affect me. As long as it doesn’t affect me, then they can do whatever. But based on the Catholic morals and stuff like that, yeah they say that it’s not right. It depends on their religion, but I think they’re all going to defy against God and see what they did on earth.
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