jump to last post 1-17 of 17 discussions (102 posts)

reason for belief in God.

  1. fred allen profile image59
    fred allenposted 6 years ago

    Why do you believe in God? Be specific. If you don't believe in God, Why not?

    1. wilmiers77 profile image60
      wilmiers77posted 6 years ago in reply to this

      I feel and I sense and I see the inertness, the order of things, and the immutable, and it is as real as when I feel romantic toward my girl friend.  God minister to whom He desire; thru many things whom He has created.

      1. Mark Knowles profile image61
        Mark Knowlesposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        So - no reason then? Just a sexual urge.

        I pity you. sad

        1. fred allen profile image59
          fred allenposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          Mark- I have only been on forums a few times. I have seen your hostility towards believers. What does it say about a person if his first resort is hostility? To me it says that it is a desperate act of intimidation from a bully that hides behind a keyboard. Or in your case an eyepiece. You may feel superior, but in the end you seem insecure. Your words do not intimidate me. Like the wizard of oz that spoke in such a loud and intimidating voice, when the curtain was pulled back, it revealed a simple man that needed help more than any who sought him out for the same.

          1. fred allen profile image59
            fred allenposted 6 years ago in reply to this

            I looked at your profile picture and discovered it was a camera not a spectacle. I apologize for my mistake.

        2. ceciliabeltran profile image80
          ceciliabeltranposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          ever heard of the ecstasy of st. therese?

          1. Mark Knowles profile image61
            Mark Knowlesposted 6 years ago in reply to this

            No, but I am a big fan of Tantric Yoga. You can even do it on your own. big_smile

      2. dutchman1951 profile image59
        dutchman1951posted 6 years ago in reply to this

        SOOO, by this above then.  God ministers to whom he chooses? and for you it is sexual, like your Girlfriend?

        What if he- God, chooses to have a headache that day!  Say, no answer to a prayer?

        then you are all latherd up and no place to go right?  if you keep this up you will become very dis-satisfied menaly, you are set up for a fall like this.

    2. Cagsil profile image59
      Cagsilposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      I don't believe in a god. I don't have any belief about a god.

      For those who like to nick-pick and twist words, I used to have a belief, however, I've realized that that belief was unfounded, irrational and absolutely meaningless with regards to my life or that of humanity in general.

      Therefore, I hold no belief whatsoever of a god, much less in any particular one god.

      Living life doesn't require knowledge of a god or acknowledgment of a god.

      Understanding life doesn't require knowledge of a god or acknowledgment of a god.

      Therefore, no god required.

      1. qwark profile image61
        qwarkposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        Cags:
        Standing ovation!!!

        1. Cagsil profile image59
          Cagsilposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          Thank you Qwark. smile

          1. qwark profile image61
            qwarkposted 6 years ago in reply to this

            YW Cags

      2. profile image68
        paarsurreyposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        I disagree with you.

        1. Cagsil profile image59
          Cagsilposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          I am sure you disagree. You don't know any better than to think irrationally.

          1. profile image68
            paarsurreyposted 6 years ago in reply to this

            I think you wrote just an ordinary Atheistic view; nothing rational in it; well you have a right.

            1. Cagsil profile image59
              Cagsilposted 6 years ago in reply to this

              Atheistic view? Goes to show how little you know. hmm

          2. fred allen profile image59
            fred allenposted 6 years ago in reply to this

            Are you suggesting that you can rationally conclude that existence is causeless? Or that it is random?

      3. fred allen profile image59
        fred allenposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        Honest response acknowledged and appreciated.

      4. megs78 profile image59
        megs78posted 6 years ago in reply to this

        you sound bitter Cagsil, whats eating you?

        1. Cagsil profile image59
          Cagsilposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          If bitterness is what you see? Then I would have wonder why you say that. hmm

          I'm not bitter at all. I detest religious folks claiming truth, even when they refuse to open their own damn eyes.

          I don't spread lies. My other post in this thread proves the bible is false in it's doctrines. Therefore it's concept of a god makes no sense.

          1. megs78 profile image59
            megs78posted 6 years ago in reply to this

            I detect a hard edge to your words as if you have been going it alone for awhile or that maybe life hasn't been so easy.  I don't know, I just always get a bitter vibe from your responses, as if you have something to prove to us ridiculous blind sheep.  I know I can come across as sounding crazy, and I accept that, so please don't think I'm criticising you, its not that, I am just curious about the person behind the words.

            1. Cagsil profile image59
              Cagsilposted 6 years ago in reply to this

              It has nothing to do with my life. I have come to terms with my past, learned from it and now use what I've learned.

              Again, I detest people who are not willing to look into things. I don't care for narrow-minded people, because they are more ignorant than the average person. Learning never stops, yet people choose to stop learning in specific areas and damaging themselves.
              I don't come to the forums to prove anything. I have nothing to prove. I rather have people realize for themselves, so they can get over the heart-break much more easily and move on forward.
              I'm not seeing your words as criticism. It's not a problem.

              1. megs78 profile image59
                megs78posted 6 years ago in reply to this

                I don't care for narrow-minded people either.  And I continually try to learn.  I read as much as I can, I question as much as I can, and I work my butt off to see everything from someone else's point of view.  But I am also deeply rooted in my faith...not religion...faith.  So do I fit into your group of people that you detest?  This is not a mean question and I'm not trying to goad you, but I'm curious.

                1. Cagsil profile image59
                  Cagsilposted 6 years ago in reply to this

                  If you have a deep rooted faith? It came from religion.

                  Do I detest you? Are you trying to make me detest you? I mean, you have questions and I can understand that too.

                  But, being in a forum, spreading beliefs, especially religious ones, simply shows people are not interested in what other people actually say, but they want to reinforce their own faith by confronting those who don't believe.

                  Yet, these same people lack the understanding that they are truly wrong, because they received their information from the same source as everyone else.

                  The Priests of the world have done a perfect job at holding back the truth about the bible, religion and doctrines of all.

                  When people refuse to come to an understanding that they really do not know everything about their religion....they only pawn it off as protecting their faith. Or point out people are attacking a god of some sort?

                  No one attacks something that cannot be seen, or talked to or touched. It's stupid to think that people attack an imaginary supposed entity.

                  The lack of knowledge on believers' part is the simple fact that the OT was false and the NT was written too long after Jesus was executed, to be any good to anyone, because it's based on a literal interpretation of Jesus' teachings and not a literal translation of the language it was written in to begin with.

                  The Doctrines written for all religions deal with 3(same) doctrines, and all of the are unattainable by human beings, as I have already said within this thread.

                  1. qwark profile image61
                    qwarkposted 6 years ago in reply to this

                    Cags:
                    Bravo!!!
                    Just one flaw:
                    "The lack of knowledge on believers' part is the simple fact that the OT was false and the NT was written too long after Jesus was executed, to be any good to anyone, because it's based on a literal interpretation of Jesus' teachings and not a literal translation of the language it was written in to begin with."
                    There were no "literal" translations of this jesus's words. Aramaic is a long dead language.
                    All of the NT, is contrived by heresay. Corrupted stories passed down thru about 300 yrs of generations.
                    You are absolutely correct in saying that the Nt was not available and promulgated for almost 300 yrs after the alledged crucifixion.
                    "Believers" haven't done their homework!

                  2. megs78 profile image59
                    megs78posted 6 years ago in reply to this

                    Cagsil, why does my faith have to come from deep rooted religion?  I actually refused to be baptized and turned away from my family's religion because I found it to be false and judgemental.  The reason for that is because religion is human and humans are deeply flawed.  But eventhough I spent years questioning EVERYTHING, it still came back to one thing as ridiculous as it may sound; I couldn't deny the presence that I felt in my soul.  And what I know now is that I will never have all the answers but that I still love to debate with philosophers and preachers.  For me, I don't need all the answers.  There are so many unexplainable things in life, so why go crazy trying to make it all make sense?

                    Anyhow, I know that you will have an in depth response to this, and actually, when I read your answers, like with Quark, I laugh to myself that your views are really so much more easier to accept than mine.  But that isn't the point, is it?

    3. profile image68
      paarsurreyposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      I believe in the Creator-God Allah YHWH as it is very natural to believe in Him; it is as natural as believing in my parents one's father and mother. Does anybody ever needed any reason to believe in parents?

      1. Beelzedad profile image57
        Beelzedadposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        Although rudimentary, this is a nice example of an Appeal to Belief, Red Herring and Strawman fallacy. smile

        1. fred allen profile image59
          fred allenposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          It is my understanding that Einstien was a believer.

          1. Cagsil profile image59
            Cagsilposted 6 years ago in reply to this

            Einstein didn't believe in a god or the god of religion. He was of the mind that there is a possibility of a god, just not probable.

            Einstein would appear to be a believer, as some of the things he said, brings up "god" in his conversations with others. Or quotes.

            Einstein was also only a believer because it was more dangerous to not be one, during his life. wink

            1. fred allen profile image59
              fred allenposted 6 years ago in reply to this

              Thanks for the input. You seem to be more informed on him than I am.  I got my info from a questionable source. What causes you to doubt the existence for God?  I'm sure you have put thought and rational thinking into the matter. Your input is why I asked in the first place. I premise that unbelievers put more thought into why than believers.

              1. Cagsil profile image59
                Cagsilposted 6 years ago in reply to this

                When you honestly study the religions, which refer to some god, is not healthy. The religions of the world have the same Major 3 Doctrines.

                I've said this time and again, yet religious folk don't listen to well.

                Doctrine #1)Selfless(undefined by religious scripture), walking this path will only lead you to become selfish. It's human nature.

                Doctrine #2)Oppress Desires(undefined by religious scripture), walking this path leads to one to go insane. Scientifically backed. It is impossible to oppress ALL desires and live life.

                Doctrine #3)Belief in God(100% faith) is required. This is impossible for a human being to do it. They cannot be 100% sure of anything, because humans have flaws- thus doubt always remains.

                When you put these doctrines into your life, you won't like your life very much. Now, remember- religions claim the teachings are inspired by a god. Why would a god sabotage his own creation?

                All 3 doctrines are unattainable. Perfection for human beings is for some a life time achievement. Perfection is fleeting and only last for a brief moment.

                1. mecheil profile image60
                  mecheilposted 6 years ago in reply to this

                  perfection in our present day is impossible, so all those 3 doctrines are unattainable by 100%.

                  who told you these 3 can all be attained in a perfect way or 100%? the Bible doesn't teach that. besides, science tells there is no perfect human being living today. nonetheless, people can attain these three doctrines up at a certain level.

                  can you be selfless for your family up at a certain level?
                  can you oppress desire to avoid ending up in jail up at a certain level?
                  can anyone believe in God up at a certain level? you did before.

          2. profile image59
            stoneyyposted 6 years ago in reply to this

            Einstein wasn't a believer.  Not that it would matter if he was.

            I am a deeply religious nonbeliever - this is a somewhat new kind of religion.
            Albert Einstein

            I cannot imagine a God who rewards and punishes the objects of his creation and is but a reflection of human frailty.
            Albert Einstein

            I do not believe in immortality of the individual, and I consider ethics to be an exclusively human concern with no superhuman authority behind it.
            Albert Einstein

            I do not believe in the God of theology who rewards good and punishes evil.
            Albert Einstein

                * I believe in Spinoza's God, Who reveals Himself in the lawful harmony of the world, not in a God Who concerns Himself with the fate and the doings of mankind.
                      o In response the telegrammed question of New York's Rabbi Herbert S. Goldstein in (24 April 1929): "Do you believe in God? Stop. Answer paid 50 words." Einstein replied in only 25 (German) words. Spinoza's ideas of God are often characterized as being pantheistic.
                      o Expanding on this he later wrote: "I can understand your aversion to the use of the term 'religion' to describe an emotional and psychological attitude which shows itself most clearly in Spinoza... I have not found a better expression than 'religious' for the trust in the rational nature of reality that is, at least to a certain extent, accessible to human reason."
                           As quoted in Einstein : Science and Religion by Arnold V. Lesikar

                * It was, of course, a lie what you read about my religious convictions, a lie which is being systematically repeated. I do not believe in a personal God and I have never denied this but have expressed it clearly. If something is in me which can be called religious then it is the unbounded admiration for the structure of the world so far as our science can reveal it.
                      o Letter to an atheist (1954) as quoted in Albert Einstein: The Human Side (1981) edited by Helen Dukas and Banesh Hoffman ISBN 0691023689

          3. Beelzedad profile image57
            Beelzedadposted 6 years ago in reply to this

            Even though he said himself he was not a believer. Seems you don't have an understanding at all. smile

      2. profile image59
        stoneyyposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        Your parents can be shown to exist.

        1. profile image68
          paarsurreyposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          Does anybody ever needed any reason to believe in parents?

          Belief in the Creator-God Allah YHWH is very natural and one does't need any reason to believe in Him.

    4. profile image0
      Baileybearposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      my previous belief in God was from indoctrination.  My personal observations of hypocrisy etc put me off.  And my study of science (I have a degree in science).  Lately, I've been analysing it and to me it's all myths.  I've just written a hub about my deconversion (which was over a decade).

    5. profile image59
      stoneyyposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      fred allen posted'
      "If you don't believe in God, Why not?"

      No reason to.

    6. profile image58
      joe scaliseposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      I can't disprove the existence of a god anymore than a believer can prove a gods existence but I don't believe in any and all religious doctrine . Promoters of religion and their doctrines are primarily phonies pursuing money and/ or power or both.  History proves that religion has been used to manipulate and dominate ignorant and gullable people.  I choose not to be manipulated.  There is definitely good and evil but whether there is reward and punishment at the end of life has not been

  2. luvpassion profile image61
    luvpassionposted 6 years ago

    http://www.buddy-icons.info/img/smile/1550.gif

    1. fred allen profile image59
      fred allenposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      That's pretty specific!

      1. luvpassion profile image61
        luvpassionposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        Sorry Mr. Allen, just I can see where this is going. wink

        1. fred allen profile image59
          fred allenposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          grab your popcorn and relax. you might be suprised.

  3. aware profile image71
    awareposted 6 years ago

    Fred ..Fred .Fred. what are we to do  with the likes of you. and this constant line of questioning of others ideas on god. if the intent was for the civil exchange of contrary  beliefs. i would not draw issue with it. but i doubt  that is the reasoning for which you've posted this question. what ever the reasoning behind someones beliefs. let them be theirs without your dissection or opinion.

    1. qwark profile image61
      qwarkposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Aware, aware,aware...he's just asking a question.
      Why are you reading motive into it prematurely?
      Wait for a while and let him respond to replies and then, if ya like, tear him and his motivation apart.
      My goodness! Be patient, it's a virtue...lol

    2. fred allen profile image59
      fred allenposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      A civil exchange of differing viewpoint is exactly what I was hoping for. To believe in something simply because you were told this is the truth is irrational.  To hold something as truth because of feelings is also irrational. I see nothing in tis discussion that resemble the exchange of differing viewpoint. Mostly just name calling. Is that how civilized people relate to one another?

  4. profile image0
    Home Girlposted 6 years ago

    It's a very comforting feeling that somebody can come and do something for you, just ask! And solve all your problems.

  5. profile image0
    markbennisposted 6 years ago

    Whats so wrong in believing?
     
    I believe I will awake tomorrow?  But Its not Certain but probable!
    I believe the Sun will rise tomorrow?  But its not certain but probable!
    I believe science will cure cancer?  But its not certain but probable!
    I believe we are not alone in the Universe?  But its not certain but probable!
    I believe in God?  But its not certain but probable!

    Whats so wrong in believing and being rational?

    1. profile image68
      paarsurreyposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Nothing wrong except one I have deleted.

    2. qwark profile image61
      qwarkposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Mark:
      I believe I will awake tomorrow?  But Its not Certain but probable!
      I believe the Sun will rise tomorrow?  But its not certain but probable!
      I believe science will cure cancer?  But its not certain but probable!
      I believe we are not alone in the Universe?  But its not certain but probable!
      "I believe in God?  But its not certain but probable!"
      What are you saying? that you believe in god is probable?.
      All 5 are probabilities.

      I'm sure you meant this "god thing is probable right?

      THAT THERE IS THIS "GOD THING" IS POSSIBLE BUT NOT PROBABLE.
      Now there, we have it...:-)

      1. profile image0
        klarawieckposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        Oh Qwark! Your TOE Dimension is blinding me! roll Please, let me put my sunglasses on!

        1. qwark profile image61
          qwarkposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          Oh Klara:
          I thought you learned that lesson long ago!
          Qwark requires sunglasses when reading his responses....jeez!  :-)

    3. fred allen profile image59
      fred allenposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      You're right Mark. Believing and being rational are not mutually exclusive terms! You can rationally arrive at faith. If you consider all the options for the existence of existence and life you could easily conclude that it is because of intelligent design. Therefore a creator.

      1. profile image59
        stoneyyposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        One can't rationally arrive at faith.  The superstition industry was well aware of this when they raised 'Faith' to a 'Virtue.'

        Belief and rationality, on this subject, are diametric opposites.

        1. ceciliabeltran profile image80
          ceciliabeltranposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          rationality is founded on beliefs...sometimes false.

    4. profile image59
      stoneyyposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      markbeenis wrote;

      "I believe in God?  But its not certain but probable!

      Whats so wrong in believing and being rational?"

      Your belief is your business. but there's nothing rational about a creator deity construct.  The probability is less than zero and is in imaginary numbers.

      Cheers

      1. hanging out profile image56
        hanging outposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        Nice try but without any additional information you are just putting forth your personal opinion. My personal opinion is that there is everything rational about a creator diety and the probability is far more than zero and is in believable numbers.

        cheers

        1. Mark Knowles profile image61
          Mark Knowlesposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          The probability is infinity:one.

          Doesn't sound very rational to me, but I suspect you and I have different meanings for that word. lol

  6. profile image0
    markbennisposted 6 years ago

    qwark its a paradox that neither can dismiss or prove, the argument can go on and on and still it shall return to the beginning.  Those that do believe and those that don't believe in a God, but a rational thought still believes and reasons at the same time.

    1. qwark profile image61
      qwarkposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Merk: I hate to be so literal, but a "thought" i.e. ' "...a rational thought still believes and reasons at the same time." can't believe or reason. Only a conscious entity can do that.
      There was no argument to prove.
      You were offering probabilities.

      The possiblity of a "god thing" exists, but the probability doesn't.

      1. hanging out profile image56
        hanging outposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        The possibility of a train set becoming bigger and bigger relies on the knowledge of the owner of the train set and his curiosity (belief) to see how big it gets.
        The probability of the train set getting bigger depends on the experience the owner of the train set has with the train set.

        The probability of God becoming lord of peoples lives is when they realize how big God is and that he is wonderful to experience.

        choo choo God

  7. profile image0
    markbennisposted 6 years ago

    qwark I will love to continue this at another time, for me its time to sleep ZZZzzz  Goodnight all smile

  8. aware profile image71
    awareposted 6 years ago

    dang that was a long wait. but ty for the reply. was thinking i might owe an apology and jumping the gun . but  i see that questioning  the rational of others thinking was the primary intent of the question that was purposed .

    1. fred allen profile image59
      fred allenposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      It's quite alright. It's perfectly natural to question others motives.I take no offense. I have been a believer in the God of the bible for about 27 years. I wondered how others without belief could question the existence of God. Then I asked myself, "Why do I believe in Him?"  It occurred to me that when I first believed, it was during a time in my life when I was doing many things that I now consider wrong.  I felt I needed to turn my life around so I called out to God in prayer and felt a comfort in doing so. After all it's what most people believe so He must be the real deal. My grandmother gave me a bible and i shut myself up in my basement until I finished the New Testament. As I looked back on that time I concluded that the reason I believed is because I felt the need for some kind of redemption, and because most people say that the God of the bible is the source for redemption. Then I started to seek someone who could give rationality of the non existence of God. I believe I found exactly that. This person is among the brightest minds I have ever come in contact with. He used the scientific method of critical analysis to determine that creation is impossible and that matter IS eternal by default. I was crushed. Then 2 days later I had an epiphany. Readers digest version is this.
      1) atoms are invisible to the naked eye
      2) the human body is made up of atoms
      3) the human body is invisible to the naked eye.
      Just because something seems to make perfect sense it doesn't mean it's true. Even if matter is eternal it could never be the cause of life. That is my conclusion in a nutshell. I asked this question because I suspect that most people believe what they believe because someone simply told them or they inherited belief or non belief. I was hoping it would spur people to use their brains and not rely on what people told them or worse yet ... feelings.

      1. profile image0
        Baileybearposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        flawed logic and lack of scientific understanding here;
        yes, individual atoms are invisible to naked eye and mostly consist of empty space, but they do have mass ie made of substance
        The body is made of billions of atoms (mostly joined to other atoms to form compounds), and because each atom has substance, you see the effect of billions of them

        1. fred allen profile image59
          fred allenposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          Of course that is exactly the point! You can't always use simple premises to reach rational conclusions. You have to dig deep!

          1. profile image0
            Baileybearposted 6 years ago in reply to this

            yes, I've been digging deep researching origins of religions, in particular christianity - very interesting exercise - I would never had believed in first place if I hadn't have been indoctrinated since childhood

            1. hanging out profile image56
              hanging outposted 6 years ago in reply to this

              http://s1.hubimg.com/u/3902452.jpg

              hubble shot of the core of the whirlpool galaxy

              1. fred allen profile image59
                fred allenposted 6 years ago in reply to this

                AWESOME shot. I saw this in a Louis Giglio sermon. The knockout punch was Laminin!

                1. hanging out profile image56
                  hanging outposted 6 years ago in reply to this

                  yah.. Paul says that God is through all things, in all things.
                  very impressive.. an atheist nightmare presentation lol

                  1. profile image0
                    Baileybearposted 6 years ago in reply to this

                    http://s1.hubimg.com/u/3914900_f248.jpg

                    Yep, God can be seen in all things...even this dog's butt

            2. fred allen profile image59
              fred allenposted 6 years ago in reply to this

              I would be extremely interested in why you determined after your researc you concluded Christianity is not credible. This is the kind of information I was hoping for.  I want to challenge my beliefs and see if they can stand against all reason. If it can't I am wasting my time. If it can't the God I believe in isn't God at all. I believe He has stood the test thus far. I need more input.

              1. profile image0
                Baileybearposted 6 years ago in reply to this

                start looking at the origins of christianity & see what historical evidence there is for Jesus' existence.  Look at whether stories like Noah's Ark or Jonah being swallowed by fish really happened.   Have you read the bible in incl. old testament without someone telling you what it's supposed to mean?  Do you like how women, slaves, animals etc are treated in there?

              2. profile image0
                Baileybearposted 6 years ago in reply to this

                Here's a very informative read

                http://www.godlessgeeks.com/WhyAtheism.htm

  9. srwnson profile image61
    srwnsonposted 6 years ago

    Sometimes late at night when I'm driving my truck down a lonely stretch of road across the plains, the desert or through the mountains, I feel Gods presence with me. I'm comforted and I feel a sense of belonging. Little things that have happened over the last 2 million miles I've driven have shown me his power and protection. Unbelievers will call them coincedence, but where does it go beyond coincedence? When taken in context. For instance, my being able to stop a truck with a 48 thousand pound load in half the distance normally required to keep from killing a carload of teenagers who inadvertantly pulled out in front of me, without jack-knifing and with no ill effects. These and many more examples I thank God for being with me.

    God bless those who pray for blessings.

    1. Beelzedad profile image57
      Beelzedadposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Thank god for saving a carload of teenagers.

      Thank god for not feeding 17,000 children who will starve to death today.

      These and many more examples...

      smile

      1. srwnson profile image61
        srwnsonposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        I can speak for the teenagers because I was involved, I can't answer the other because I can only do my part. Perhaps it would be better if you didn't drive. Mocking the fact that several teenage lives were saved can not serve you well sir. Think of that the next time you see a big-rig. Because I know God is with me, I would turn the wheel and chance being killed myself rather than someone else. Can you understand that sir?

        Good Luck

        1. Beelzedad profile image57
          Beelzedadposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          It is the mocking of the tens of thousands of starving who die daily that I have in mind, sir.



          Yes, I do understand the mocking of the starving, sir. No need to reiterate. smile

      2. hanging out profile image56
        hanging outposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        Give us your happy face

    2. fred allen profile image59
      fred allenposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      srwinson- I too have had many coincidental occurrences that I refer to as God sightings. It does serve to strengthen faith. They can easily be dismissed by others but they are precious to me. There will always be people who for one reason or another seek to belittle faith and those who believe. Their statements reveal more about themselves than whatever they comment on. When we respond in kind do we do any service to any involved, including ourselves? As far as sufferrring in the world is concerned, we were warned that it will always be so in a fallen world.

  10. Bizziebee profile image62
    Bizziebeeposted 6 years ago

    I concur with you Fred Allen smile

  11. profile image0
    kimberlyslyricsposted 6 years ago

    no disrespect

    drawing a blank

    1. fred allen profile image59
      fred allenposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      When people go through difficult times many will tend to doubt the existence of God. If you are drawing a blank, perhaps it is because you want to say you believe but can't.  Perhaps you want to say you don't believe but can't do that as well. I have read some of what you wrote Kimberly. Both positions are understandable. I pray that you find peace. wherever it may be found. You are precious and have been through alot.

  12. Rod Marsden profile image75
    Rod Marsdenposted 6 years ago

    I suppose my lack of belief in a church or a place where people really do reach out to God has to relate back to my experiences with the Methodist church where I grew up. I couldn't for the life of me believe that a supreme being would care about what goes on there in terms of worship. A supreme being might well care for all the people there but that is an entirely different proposition.


    Then on television from the USA there was this glass cathedral thing and people parking their cars outside and attaching speakers as if they were at a drive-in. And the selling of the bible and holy water and crucifixes that went on inside. It was all sad and laughable at the same time. Jesus was supposed to have gone to the temple and upturned the benches, etc where money was being used and here in what was then the 20th Century you have things to do with faith being bought and sold in the name of Jesus. Now that seemed wrong. The salesmanship preaching also seemed wrong.

    In the end I decided being an Agnostic was the way to go.

    The church, any church, seemed so corrupt and so corruptible.

    You hear about the terrible things Barnardos, a Catholic organization, did to children in the 1960s which included torture and it is hard to think of a more morally bankrupt organization. Of course I have been told that Barnardos isn't like that today and they in fact cleaned up their act a long time ago but still...

    There have been child molestation cover-ups involving Church of England priests in Australia and what has come to light with the Catholics in Ireland and in the USA in this regard in the late 20th Century is now common knowledge. Hell, South Park has sent at least the Catholic bit up and did a nice job of it too.

    In the end you say and you hope there is a God so that there is a heaven for the loved one you know who have passed away but it is difficult to go beyond that.

    Then there is the great harm the church has done in promoting   the overpopulation of the planet. The Muslims are bad and possibly worse in this regard. A lot of it comes from bronze age thinking that was great for the Bronze Age but not so great right now.

    1. hanging out profile image56
      hanging outposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Well we are still in the church age. Until the rapture i guess the church age will continue, so its important to ask God to, as we say, plant! you in a church. So often as people we go here and there looking but rarely do we ask even rarer still, do we seek! It took me 3 months of searching, checking out each church in my town and yknow what, i found a church outside of my town, but not I found a church, after all that searching God found me a church.
      You see the true walk in christianity is not forcing yourself into a bunch of rules, its not even quitting smoking cold turkey. Its relying on the spirit of God to change you. God says, come into my rest. Indeed we rest, take it easy, chill along the path. When God wants us to quit smoking he will convict us and then we will have to comply or resist. But it is God dealing with us not people corralling us into these narrow christian confines in one night. The christian path is a lifetime of listening and a lifetime of loving God. You cannot love a jailer but you can love a father. You can and must allow God to do all the work, ALL the work. Not by (our) might but by (His) spirit. This is an avenue where prayer comes in but yet again, prayer is not always on your knees. To pray means to ask. I can ask God standing up, tanning by the river, during meals. Constant communication is what God prefers. If i want a church to go to i ask God, if i want truth, ipod, more love - whatever it is, i can ask him. God says, Seek you FIRST the kingdom of God and ALL these things (what things, material things, worldly things, whatever you have need of) will be provided for you. We can rest from the worldly cares and worries and put it all in Gods hands and just seek him. Why, to know him is to love him.

      Good luck and have some fun with christianity.

      1. Woman Of Courage profile image60
        Woman Of Courageposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        AMEN!

  13. Alota profile image61
    Alotaposted 6 years ago

    People who have no belief in themselves have to believe in something - I believe in the religion of the rampant rabbit smile

    1. Rod Marsden profile image75
      Rod Marsdenposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Too many people believe in the rampant rabbit that is why the world is overpopulated.

  14. Jerami profile image73
    Jeramiposted 6 years ago

    Cagsil wrote ....
       If you don't believe in some religion, then you have no use for a belief in a god.

    =======
     
       Isn't that like saying that if I do not eat Kellogs Corn Flakes;  then there is no such thing as a corn field?

    1. Cagsil profile image59
      Cagsilposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      No. Again, you pipe up with not much to say. Color me oh so shocked? hmm

      1. Jerami profile image73
        Jeramiposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        It sounded that basically simple to me!

             Your premise was unfounded.   kinda stopped right there in the middle   getting ready to say something  left it hanging and called it an inteligant statement.

            I found it unfullfilling.
           BUT ?  Thanks anyway!

        1. Cagsil profile image59
          Cagsilposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          Again, not making sense per usual.

          1. Jerami profile image73
            Jeramiposted 6 years ago in reply to this

            I am sorry that you can not understand.

  15. profile image68
    paarsurreyposted 6 years ago

    I think the soul is life; as our body cannot survive without soul or power; when soul is gone we die. Soul is not imaginary; thugh we cannot perceive it. It is born within us while we are in the fetus with the commandment of the Creator-God Allah YHWH; can we see any commandment?

  16. fashlon profile image60
    fashlonposted 6 years ago

    the concept of God is beyond the realm of nature, soul or anything mundane. if you look for God in any of these things the less you will believe. believe is conviction that comes from the spirit realm. your reasoning can't search out God. whether you believe or not don't change anything. your not believing actually is your believing. if you say i don't believe in God , you have just said you believe in God indirectly, why you mentioned the word 'God' why is there such a word if there is no reality of it. come to think about it anything there no word for actually is not in existence. if there is such a word like God , then there is the reality of such word. i believe in God

  17. profile image0
    AMBASSADOR BUTLERposted 6 years ago

    GOD revealed himself to me and drawn me to him. I know and walk with GOD. Because GOD drew me to himself, I then sought after GOD with all my heart, soul, mind from my youth and up. GOD chose, for his own reasons and he shown me in a vision the other side of death on A.D. August 1, 1982 a Sunday morning. I experienced this and is forever imprinted in my heart soul spirit. So my christian brothers and sisters do not get frustrated with the others because they will never understand unless GOD reveals himself to them like he did to us. Just keep on keeping on in being faithful to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Thank you. Go in peace.

 
working