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kwassa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-01-07 10:32 PM
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20. I agree
Faith comes from belief grounded in experience. I have faith that the staircase I walk down won't collapse. The belief develops from the experience itself. I believe that staircases generally don't collapse, after walking down many, many staircases. Now, I could be wrong, and pick an old rotted staircase that does collapse, but I probably will be able to see that, as well. If someone built a trick staircase designed to collapse, then I would definitely be wrong.

But, generally, my faith is well-placed, and very rational.

I believe in God for the same reason. I have had a direct spiritual experience of the divine, which I believe to be a true experience. I could be wrong, but the characteristics of the experience that I have had are pretty much identical to what I've read and heard of the experiences of others who feel they've experienced the divine. Now, we might all be wrong, and suffering from mass delusions, but it is fascinating that a belief in God or gods, or some concept of the divine, or that-which-is-greater, is a very universal human experience found at all times and in all cultures. That also indicates to me that there is a great truth involved here. I think it highly rational to give this experience value, if such experiences are so wide-spread and characteristic of ourselves as humans.
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