I believe in God. At least I think I do. The more interesting question to me these days is: Does God believe in us?
Look around you. Look how people are engaged in acts of destruction in the place that is most associated with the Western idea of God: The Middle East.
Ask yourself whether an infinitely wise entity would be in any way happy -- no, not happy; shall we say, satisfied? -- with what is being done in the places that he is associated with.
Does God believe in His own creation?
There are, they say, many faces of God; those that say it are usually those not identified with strict monotheism. There are places in the world where God is less anthropomorphic, more Far Eastern, perhaps. To the Western way of thinking, this idea of God is inaccurate. It's false. It's not the God that actually exists.
As I said in another thread: If God exists, He's beyond our perception. He's beyond what we can know. And the man who says he knows God can provide no proof of God, since the idea of proof reduces God to something below our knowledge. It is in some ways a contradiction in terms to say that one can know any entity whose infinity is self-defined.
Belief... that's a can of worms right there. Should the act of belief be indicative of truth? In this connection, for the above reasons, shouldn't belief be a reduction in God's magnificence, in that the belief itself is a conditional aspect that, since it can be withheld, reduces the fullness of His very concept?
Why would God need belief to exist?
I don't believe that He does.
So, a short answer to the question is: I believe in God -- in spite of Himself.
M180up From El Salvador, joined May 2006, 403 posts, RR: 6 Reply 23, posted (6 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 3633 times:
Quoting AerospaceFan (Reply 21): I believe in God. At least I think I do. The more interesting question to me these days is: Does God believe in us?
He does, He trusts in us, that's why He gave us free will, so we could choose between the good path and the wrong path, He is not oppressive, he will let you fail if you decide to, but if you follow His path even against everyone's or most of the people's beliefs even with the difficulty of being against the world, you will see your life blessed in many ways.