Should I believe in God?

2 years, 2 months ago

I’m agnostic, for lack of any evidence that seriously makes me believe in God. I’m interested in finding a convincing argument for why I should believe in God

December 9, 2012 at 2:15 am

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Profile photo of Adam Smith Adam Smith (@adamsmith) 2 years, 2 months ago ago

Live like the ancient sages did and you won’t have to believe in God, you’ll actually experience Him. I imitate Jesus as much as possible (spiritually) and I don’t have to question my belief, it is like asking whether or not my hands are connected to my arm. God is within me, and He guides me as long as I listen to his directions. If that doesn’t make sense, don’t worry, just focus on the first sentence up there ^

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Profile photo of Ray Butler Ray Butler M (@trek79) 2 years, 2 months ago ago

@liammcfeely, There are reasons why people believe in God and that has nothing to do with proving (whatever they see it as) is there. Some people have a belief that they may well do wrong and “sin” but that a divine power can actually read their intent, know they did not have malice and judge them appropriately. Others have almost uncontrollable malice and they need a fear to help them control it.
Others cannot stand the idea of losing loved ones forever, others cannot understand how anything could possibly exist without some purpose or driving force that knows how to attain the best outcome. There are people who just want to be, and for others to consider, the benefits of considerate behaviour toward each other and a metaphysical cherry on top of teachings of morals, ethics and virtues just aids in this goal, a control.
There are many more reason for it, people often feel so alone so they seek some kind of comfort. People can gain strength in facing adversity when the fear of failure would normally guarantee failure. It goes on and on.
Ultimately, although I see many of these benefits, and I do believe in God, I believe it is not really relevant, I think our behaviour toward each other and a balance within ourself is attainable without it, motivation to be kind has personal benefits in others returning the favour.
But whatever floats your boat.

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Profile photo of Joshua Joshua (@sapienite) 2 years, 2 months ago ago

No, unless you’re fine with selling your soul. My God is Truth, but that’s always been the True God.

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Profile photo of Ray Butler Ray Butler M (@trek79) 2 years, 2 months ago ago

I suppose you could ask why I believe in God if I think it is irrelevant. What I do think is relevant is how people treat each other and finding a psychological balance, both through introspection and logic. I have seen some Atheists doing better at this that religious people. But me believing in God is only because I have explored it as a curiosity and felt something, there is nothing wrong with exploring themes, no matter how relevant they are here on the ground in our every day lives, and finding an understanding in it.
But my idea of God is a non-linear, non-local consciousness and the definitions of the description are not fixed, let alone defining the actual phenomena with certainty. It is more knowing something undefined or feeling it in all emotion. But I think the main reason God is relevant is because people insist it is, but it is possible to find psychological balance and a motivation to treat others well without linking everything through a source, people have done so without any concept of the devine before.

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Profile photo of Tony Tony (@antlob) 2 years, 2 months ago ago

Live with your eyes and ears. If you are sober and encounter a god, sure, go ahead. Otherwise, please stay grounded in reality.

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Profile photo of Ellie Ellie (@theeblackhole) 2 years, 2 months ago ago

@liammcfeely,
You shouldn’t have people tell you why you should believe in god. God is something you have to find for yourself. Maqny people believe in different forms of god and some people banish the idea altogether. It would be in your best interest to figure out what you believe in first and what you think is nonsense then find the religion best fitting your ideals. If nothing fits your requirements, make your own religion. Faith is something you build within yourself. People can’t just give it to you. Hope you find what your looking for.

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Profile photo of Joshua Joshua (@sapienite) 1 year, 8 months ago ago

Forget what I said about ‘God is Truth’. That’s just the state of mind with someone who’s on their way to something much greater and more profound than God… and even ‘truth’. Along the path, God is dropped like a starving parasite and truth gives way to the Beautiful Order.

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