What is the motivation for your belief in God? If you don't believe in God what is the reasoning behind that?
Oh yeah I do. I believe because of many things. The proof is in nature, in science, in archeology, in history.
I know experientially from all He has done in my life. all the answers to prayer etc..
Unfortunately, "God" always has to modify his/her beliefs because of science. God and his/her religion always fights science but then eventually adopts science's findings. The Church fought against the Earth being round, the Sun was the center of our solar system and women's rights.
I do not believe in any single god as he/she doesn't exist in my world.
But the great thing about the infinite consciousness of the Universe, our worlds are different. God may exist in your world but can not exist in mine at the same time.
Wonderful, isn't it?
Not sure this is accurate. I think the lack of evidence to support evolution has made Science create the "intelligent design" theory. Creation alone proves God existence. God Himself never bothers to argue He exists. He knows he IS. It is a fact. There is only one place the Bible says "there is no God" and that is in Psalm 14:1
I believe in God. I have emerged from some pretty hairy situations that only Divine Guidance as a result of fervent prayer could have pulled me through.
I need no further proof.
My belief in God needs no motivation. It simply exists in my heart and soul. Motivation is the BUSINESS of organized religion.
Please be sure your vision isn't skewed by knowledge you don't have.
A 'belief' is supposed to be based on something that can be true. It is something you can get behind 100% because you know it to be true.
What you have is 'faith'. You have 'faith' that there really is a 'god'. Faith is a mystical terminology issued by religion. It was later used to in other forms of context, but came from religion
With that said- even as you've stated- you're a believer- and I'm now going to tell that you can NEVER have 100% belief in something you know isn't real.
It is a biological impossibility.
i never believed in freedom or equality. though it has "good" intentions, it can never exist
I'm not exactly sure where you are going with that. But, I guess I am forced to ask...What's your point?
But what is real? Just because one person's sense of what is real is different to another, doesn't mean it doesn't exist.
When talking about biology, you dismiss that which is metaphysical. Yet there are many many people who have tangible tactile metaphysical experiences not measurable as yet by physical instruments. The concept of subtle bodies and subtle perception is very real and yet to those who don't have the experience, it is dismissed as biologically impossible.
Forget belief - have experiences. One thing missing when a person logically and rationally categorizes and explains the mysteries of the universe to the human's in this world - unless they are able to have sentient experiences, they are deluding themselves with their own minds. The mind is a trickster and full of pitfalls in perception. Standpoint turns intellect and the mind into a kaleidoscope of possibilities where philosophers muse for lifetimes; So much so they become a tag team of musers as the answers are never forthcoming.
"the reality you seek is the reality you will find". yep
Hmmmmm! Is that what I intended for that to mean? Not really, but that's what you got from it. Hence your perception of meaning, and a good example of how people perceive written words to align with their own intellect, their limited or expanse of consciousness.
I believe there is a force in the cosmos greater than all of us ... some call it nature, I call it God ...
I believe in GOD(praise be to HIM), because HE wanted me to believe in HIM.
Thanks so much for those links Pr0, loved them.
oh - I'm the nerd, wasn't implying you are...
So you are implying that god influences football?
There are a lot of atheists in Detroit actually...
I definitely believe in God. He's been a big part of my life for as long as I can remember.
As for answer the topic question.
Do you believe in God?
I have all I need to know with 100% positive honesty, there is no god and never has been.
I had questions about life. I now have my answers. Everything else is knowledge to learn.
I believe - and there's no reason why I do - I just do
Some things - like a mother's love, Nature's beauty, first love - don't have a reason or motivation - they just are!
Everything that happens in your life happens for a reason. If you haven't figure that out for yourself, then I am glad I could help.
The 'reason' might not be known to you, but it doesn't stop you from learning. The whole point of life is knowledge and understanding.
Plain and simple. You are to absorb as much knowledge as you can about the people who live among you. You are to be honest with yourself and in your dealings with others. You are to value and protect your life and others. Through doing this you gain 'understanding' wisdom.
Anything outside of that- is irrelevant.
Upon realizing this- it leaves no room for 'god' at all.
If it's guidance you seek- look inside yourself.
If it's higher meaning for your life- look inside yourself.
If you really want higher meaning- set your own purpose and make it happen.
You want 'god' to love you, then be your own god.
Use your consciousness for something other than telling you, you are alive.
Use your conscience you were born with, the proper way, don't push it aside.
Use your subconscious warnings to show you direction, it's deep inside you.
Take full responsibility for your own existence and make it full.
It's an awesome feeling of relief.
It's not even a question of believing or not. It's knowing. Even nonbelievers know, otherwise why not believe?
because debating homosexuality is not cool.
I do believe in GOD - the concept created by humans in many part of this planet for some crazy reasons!
Would it matter as to 'Why the concept came to be?'- make a difference?
Would it matter? Maybe or may not be! I'm not researching on it.
To have an answer to questions they didn't have an answer to?
Unless of course knowledge gets in the way. But like all things knowledge has limits too.
It's interesting though as to why the need to believe knowing it comes from man,people, humans.
I have one question,
if GOD was the real deal and created everything , then he did it for us, his people, yes?
So why would he ever want people to doubt his existence when he could clear up all these questions and confirm he is real by telling us. Why the anonymity when he supposedly has the power to do anything.
You think he would put all these various people who search their lifetimes at ease and then everyone would be on the same page. It is irrelevant if I believe in GOD, it is irrelevant if I demand truth because my beliefs are mine and until a GOD of some being has the balls to show up I choose to not even question the matter.
That probably made no sense.
Bottom line I don't need proof because I don't require proof.
look at it like a fish in the sea or an ant or a bacteria. a higher being does not need to make his presence known nor does it make peace with the lower species nor does it need to be "kind". it's we that think that "it" needs to have a human concept in order for us to accept. "it", god, may exist or may not, it is beyond our comprehension.
God created man and the world for His pleasure - not for ours. I think that's in the fourth chapter of Revelation.
I think that God recieves pleasure from all of his creations. As I gain pleasure from all of his creations.
I do have my favorites though and I am sure that God does also. My favorites include T bone cooked to 125 degrees, Cold beer, and chocolate chip cookies..... And Sex.
Jewls said Current knowledge does have limits. Allot of the real good stuff was lost or destroyed and is not found in books. However, the ability to learn is only limited by our imaginations, or lack of imagination.
I always look forward to your coments. Simple and to the point. Easy to understand IF a person WANTS to understand.
Yes, I believe in God. Big "g". Say what you want, but at the end of the day I know where I'm going after death.
I believe that the only thing you'll find within yourself isn't any greater than yourself. If you want to find something greater, you'll have to look beyond.
Wow, that's limiting considering you are as great as God is. As long as you feel lesser than, you always will be lesser than. Go inside deeper and you will find gems you never thought existed. You will NEVER find the richness of 'god' or the fulfillment you seek externally.
I find no reason to believe in imaginary entities. Why? Because they're imaginary!!!
A spiritual life and logic are not intertwined . You cannot Intellectualize and categorize a power greater then yourself !
But put me In the believer column .
Hey guys. I know I'm kinda late into this but could you help an old Welshman out. I mean I'd love to get involved but I don't understand the question and I have never had it explained to me.
I know what "Believe" means and I know what "in" means but what does "Believe in" mean? The phrase doesn't really make sense.
a very good question. When I used the phrase 'believe in', I meant the complete trust /conviction. Do you believe in (sorry again the same phrase) the existence of God (or some power or brain above the human brain) ? I am exploring the motivation of people who believe and the people who don't.
Thank you for engaging me in this question. It is one that I have dificulty with.
When you say that "Believe in" means having complete trust and confidence in, then you imply that the person you are questioning already has a conviction that your God exists. Without that prior conviction total trust and confidence would be impossible. Do you see my dificulty here? The statement "Do you believe in the existence of God?" seems like a contradiction in terms.
Speaking for myself, (Because you asked) I do not have a belief system nor do I have faith. I am a polytheist honoring the ancient Gods and Goddesses of my ancestors. I follow this spiritual path, not because I look for a reward in this life or the next, but because it fills a deep spiritual need within me. I do not have 10 commandments, I just have one. Do No Harm.
After examining the facts that I brought to the table, I have come to one logical opinion that there is a God / creator
having a higher intillect than ours.
Good night yaul 2:3o and gotta get up in 4 hours
just wanted to say HA
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