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What would it take to believe?


As a former Christian turned atheist, I am often asked what it would take for me to believe in a god again. The simple answer is that I don't know. If you are an atheist/agnostic, what would it take for you to start believing? If you are a believer of any religion, what would it take to make you stop your current beliefs in favor of another one?

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    Christin Sander (ChristinS) 3 years ago

    This answer says it all. I was raised in a religious home and had to open my own eyes and discover my own truth - and that was freedom. I never felt more alive or more myself.


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    Ashleign 3 years ago

    What's funny.. The Wiccan belief is more "believable" than any other religion.. Now the magic stuff is rather meh.. but Nature being a God or Goddess is really not that far fetched.


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    Bruce Feierabend 3 years ago

    One's will has a way of directing reason to justify itself. All we see testifies of a creator yet great lengths have been taken to devise a way around it even though something being created out of nothing is the ultimate defiance of reason.


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    Bruce Feierabend 3 years ago

    If you look at some churches you'd think all he knows is the two step shuffle. :) I think God would love to dance with you. Are you ready to get up and dance with him?


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  • Deepes Mind 3 years ago

    Good point.. Now of course, this does go both ways. I think it does take examining the evidence objectively with an open mind and testing it for oneself

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    Borsia 3 years ago

    When I say a miracle I get to say what the miracle has to be.

    Most things called miracles are simple improbabilities but improbable things happen every second somewhere.

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    Mackenzie Sage Wright (WiccanSage) 3 years ago

    I've done this many times thru my seeking yrs. I think praying for spiritual guidance is great advice; in time we're led to the right path (me personally, I was led to non-Xtian path when I did that; I think we all get led to where we need to be).

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    Julie McFarland (JMcFarland) 3 years ago

    I've known many people who have died, both theists and atheists. Some of both were afraid. Most of them, however, regardless of what they believed, died calmly with a smile on their face. There was no discernible difference between them.


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    Cheri Hutson (cherihut) 3 years ago

    Your post brings up a point: some seem to think God is a vending machine - you put in a prayer and pull out a prize. I think of Him rather as a Father who loves the children He created. We don't always understand what's best for us, but He does.

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    John D Nathan (johndnathan) 3 years ago

    That is the way I live my life. I don't concern myself much about what to believe. I instead focus on what to do.

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    Julie McFarland (JMcFarland) 3 years ago

    If you can believe anything at any time you want to, like you claim - can you choose to NOT believe in gravity and then jump off of a building? Your post leads me to believe that you think you can. So can you?


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    Julie McFarland (JMcFarland) 3 years ago

    I don't understand how asking for evidence that what people say is true is arrogance - especially when it's something this big and important? I don't understand how people CAN just blindly believe without proof.


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    Bruce Feierabend 3 years ago

    I believe I said they are more like agnostics because they are unsure. You sound like a true agnostic. Isn't what you call unexplainable is an assumption. How do you know it's unexplainable?


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    Cheri Hutson (cherihut) 3 years ago

    Ah, yes. Michael Card, a Christian singer (you may not be familiar) had a song with the line: "Could it be that questions tell us more than answers ever do?"

    Indeed. In fact, Jesus Christ Himself often answered questions with questions.


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    Julie McFarland (JMcFarland) 3 years ago

    It may make you feel better to assert that I was never a "true" Christian, but as a complete stranger you cannot make that judgment on me our my life. I do not make similar baseless assertions about you.


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  • D King sham 3 years ago

    No way to give up Christ. I was brought up an atheist. Evolution is not fact. What you do with Christ is up to you. If you want the truth Ask God To Tell you honestly.Try reading the Bible ctitically.Find out whats in it for your self. dkingsham

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    Julie McFarland (JMcFarland) 3 years ago

    You're assuming (rather erroneously) that I haven't done that. It's unwise to make baseless assumptions.

    Can you think of any other aspect of your life where you believe something before you have evidence, our you don't get evidence at all?


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    Julie McFarland (JMcFarland) 3 years ago

    A regional flood, isolated to one area. Not a worldwide flood. The confirmation of a single flood does not make the commonly held biblical story true.


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    LoisRyan13903 3 years ago

    So true. I struggle with finances because it makes me rely on God to help me out of tight spots. If I was rich I prob would have forgot him. thankfully he has blessed me financially this month and now I realize that he was the one who did it 4 me


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    Cheri Hutson (cherihut) 3 years ago

    In other words, the old saying holds true: "For those who believe, no explanation is necessary. For those who don't, no explanation is possible."

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    Bruce Feierabend 3 years ago

    For me, I feel there are a lot more reasons to believe hence I believe. I think there may be more searching for reasons not to believe and those arguments have become more prominent or socially promoted.


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    Julie McFarland (JMcFarland) 3 years ago

    That's the argument from incredulity and the argument from ignorance, both of which are logical fallacies. An atheist lacks a belief in a god, but I also dislike religion - for the most part.

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  • monyakitti 3 years ago

    God would already know who was going to be a "believer" and who would not because God knows all that was, is & ever will be. What would be the point of having us here for such a reason when he would already know the outcome? This is not logical.

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    Cheri Hutson (cherihut) 3 years ago

    Cordelia, I admire your fervor. I want to say the same: that nothing would cause me to denounce God. But as a human I am susceptible to temptation. I simply pray that if the temptation is ever there, I will be strong, & that God will sustain me.

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