I believe in God.
I'm thankful for the small time I've been given.
I question all the time why things have to happen like they do.
But do I think about truly questioning HIM about all the rottenness that happens? How he runs things? Nope.
I realize that my tent intellect could even begin to handle the answer.
It would be like a kindergartner questioning a math phD about some number that could only be derived through complex algebra that a kindergartner couldn't possibly understand.
My ruling guide tells me God basically spoke things into existence. That even being in His presence turned Moses' hair white and gave him an odd "glow".
Perhaps I'm not as enlightened as some, but I'm smart enough to know I'm not smart enough to even begin to understand an answer from the Grand architect about how he runs things.
I'm content to just do my best and keel over and die when it's my time. I don't hope for some reward for trying to follow my beliefs. I don't really fear "hell".
I do hope that one day after I'm gone, whatever is left of me will be able to understand some of the questions we wish we had the answers to, and get to hang out with people who don't have greed, lust, betrayal, lying, etc,, anywhere in their being--- it all gets cleaned out and fixed, including mine.
Childish idea maybe, but if I'm wrong, what's the point in a single person ever existing?
I do believe in Jesus, also.
And I can't imagine ever dying and standing in judgement before God without Him there with me.
Don't you guys that don't believe want to feel what REAL love feels like? Better even than what a loving parent has for their child?
Or what REAL loyalty looks like?
I do, so I'll keep my faith and hope in one day seeing these things.
Originally Posted by Itwasjustafantasy View Post
I already feel very, very real love from my husband.
That's my issue with this god stuff..I can think of many others who deserve that wonderful, unconditional, loyal love and somehow they do not get it while they are alive. I guess they will have to wait for after life and perhaps that is why they have no choice but to believe there must be something waiting for them...kind of sad.
I can see where Both of you are coming from... I dearly love the spirit of @Evinrude58
's post ..yet at the same time... LIFE IS SO NOT FAIR !@# ...how do we just accept this so easily... I can't...
I want to believe there is something afterwards for those who have been screwed so badly HERE.. to no fault of their own.. take for instance the Elephant Man.. what he endured in this life.. or children who get cancer & die before they reach adulthood, who are abused growing up, left with scars that never heal.... where is GOD for them, where is God for those who are born in poverty, starving, it seems no one cares... it is comforting to "believe" that someday... all of this will pass, and the innocent souls who suffered HERE will be comforted, get their happiness too......
I think mankind needs to comfort ourselves to get through this life sometimes, "Faith" in something bigger than ourselves allows this.. but still I can't buy that any Holy book has it right.. I call myself a Deist
.. it's somewhere between belief & Non.. it believes SOMETHING created all of this, It is a beautiful world on the one hand.. but survival calls for killing to sustain ourselves too.. I just don't have the answers or have enough faith to believe what I have been taught growing up in the church...it's always warred against my mind...
I have more faith in the love I feel from my husband than I do that God loves us more than the sparrows (Matt 10:31)... I have seen too many suffer who live "rightly" and far too many who get away with Evil in this life who prosper ....it sickens me and taints my belief....IF a GOD has all the power, then he refuses to use it, how can we say he cares...
So then it comes to free will... it makes more sense that HE Created mankind with the Power ...and we, in our ignorance and selfishness will destroy the world we have been given.. A Deist would buy that scenario..
Many of us struggle with this...