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Response to Oddman (Reply #20)

Thu May 10, 2012, 02:06 PM

23. That is a disrespectful response

I get that you don't believe in God but you shouldn't be rude to me because I do (calling him magical god is similar to me saying a person chooses to be gay).

But why not, I will play along with you:

1.Do you remember how you came to the conclusion that God creating the universe into existence was the most plausible explanation out of the infinite possible explanations?
Yes. Praying with some random stranger who was trying to convert me brought me a peace I had never felt. I couldn't describe it and didn't understand it until well into my teens. I was about 10 years old.

2.What criteria did you use to discern that?
A feeling of peace every time I prayed from that point on. A sense of when I was doing wrong and an internal drive to do the right thing in my decision making.

3.What other possible explanations did you explore, investigate and negate before determining that God was the most reasonable answer? Big bang theory, alien implantation of a subspecies, some crazy crap in my twenties. All of which still had no definitive answer (hence all theories).

4.What did you weigh the god explanation against and how did you compare the possibilities to arrive at an all powerful God?
I didn't have to weigh anything. Just a look within myself to seek out what the truth was. He was there all along throughout my life. Even when I had turned away from Him, He was still guiding me. The realization of that was powerful enough for me to put my faith in Him. Afterwards, I started a journey through history and found that many of the events in the bible are proven fact.

Your questions are steered more toward a philosophical debate than an internal struggle. You seem to want it to be proven to you. It is impossible to prove that God exists - and that is intentional. Otherwise it wouldn't be a choice. I didn't have to prove anything to myself. I just always knew it was true and finally stopped ignoring it. That made my life so much easier.

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