1v0ry_k1ng wrote: Jazcash wrote:
out of interest, why? what is the foundation of your belief?
There is no one foundation for my belief of God. Many things lead me to believe in him. Some physical, some historical, some physiological, some theological.
Ok. My Christian upbringing is probably the biggest factor of why I feel this way. Although, I know there's an awful lot of people out there with the same upbringing as me who feel the complete opposite.
Secondly, I'd probably go for the simple reading of the Bible. How a book so old can portray such relevant and accurate meaning is beyond me. Some of It's texts are simply beautiful in many a sense of the word. They address many issues I can relate to in every day life whilst being specific and not being too general.
Thirdly, I'll go for the simple design of life. How humans think, how life comes to be, nature, anatomy, development, cycles of being and so on. In my mind, it is more ridiculous to believe that all these things can come of complex science rather than of supreme design.
Fourthly, comes the simple theology of Thomas Aquinas that there must be an ultimate creator. Science has provided the 'Big Bang Theory'
as an answer to just about any argument a creationist tries to put across. This begs the question, "What created the Big Bang?" This is what leads me to believe there must be a God as I do not believe that something can come of nothing. Although, I do not believe god created the Big Bang, I am a creationist.
Science and it's representative (Richard Dawkins
) have for many years stated that they are "working" on finding the ultimate reason for the Big Bang. They will never find it and I will continue to disbelieve the Big Bang and evolution until they do.
Fifthly, is other's experiences with faith. I know many people of many different backgrounds, cultures, identities and education. A lot of these people are well thought out people. There is nothing different in the structure of their mind than a typical atheist. However, these people believe in God. If so many other people, much more knowledgeable than I am, can believe in God, I would not even think of attacking their beliefs without proper reason. I have no reason for not believing in God.
Sixthly, is the teachings of Christianity and the Bible. Believing in God gives me a sense of purpose and direction in life. My morals have been shaped accordingly and my whole way of being would be worth nothing to me without the existence of God.
A lot of what the Bible says is more than true to my life. What it teaches me is much more than any simple person can teach me. The morals it gives is more than any law book will convey. Much of what I know about life comes from the Bible and reading the Bible reassures me about what I know and how I feel about other things.
Seventhly is the motions against it. In my own opinion, anybody who wishes to argue with me about my beliefs while using disrespectful language, childish approaches, inaccurate justification or simple intent to cause offence is a person not worth bothering with. An argument is not worth having unless either person can be influenced each way ... as fun as they can be, most arguments are this way.
The most common way that atheists argue against theists is with the use of simpleton's speak. Things such as "God doesn't exist because I've never seen him", "God obviously doesn't exist because science says he cannot" or "GOD DOES NOT EXIST. GET OVER IT YOU FAGGOT".
I encourage more intelligible questions. Things such as "Why is there so much suffering in the world if God exists?". My answer to this common question is this common Christian reply. Because of the devil. Any true Christian also believes in Satan and sins are a work of Satan if you ever get around to reading the first few pages of the Bible.
Then there's your typical Joe whose thoughts are affected against Christianity because of other occurrences in his life.
An awful lot of people are against Christianity, because they may have a stereotypical idea of the average Christian in their head and they don't like it. They may have always been against it, simply for the sake of it and because they've always been against it. They've never really sat down and thought to themselves why they're against it. They've just always been against it and so the idea of being for it is non-existent.
I've seen it from an atheist point of view many times. It's perfectly understandable why somebody would or would not believe in God. There is no overwhelmingly justification for both, both are valid arguments are both should be treated with respect and thought.
I could talk for hours about such things but doing so here would be pretty pointless.
There's only so much I can express here on a forum board but I shall try and do that of what I can.