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Personally, I'm more of an agnostic, despite being raised by a Lutheran mother and Catholic father. I left the church because, frankly, the concept of the abrahamic God and Jesus' death for our sins made no sense to me, and the concept of the
Personally, I'm more of an agnostic, despite being raised by a Lutheran mother and Catholic father. I left the church because, frankly, the concept of the abrahamic God and Jesus' death for our sins made no sense to me, and the concept of the Holy Spirit was confusing as well. I'll believe in a god when I see some evidence that supports its existence.
That said, in high school, I took a world religions course hoping to find something that appealed to me, and found nothing. I would like to believe that a person may partially rewrite reality because they are part of the universe, but I cannot justify that belief without believing in some sort of "mental dimension" that affects the world as seen in the spatial dimensions but cannot be perceived through out spatial senses, much like the 4th, temporal dimension. And, as I'm sure you've figured out, I have no evidence for the existence of this 5th dimension beyond the existence of the 4th dimension (time) and the mere hypothetical possibility of its existence, thus creating circular reasoning. My parents have tried to get me to return to the church, but my father's arguments for God and religion in general are full of logical fallacies.
In short, while there is something I would like to believe, I can't because I have no evidence for it, thus making me a hypocrite because lack of evidence is why I left the church in the first place.
Faith is belief in the face of absolutely no supporting evidence. And that will always be a problem for me.
I, too, am agnostic. The incredible complexity, interconnectedness and organization of life and the universe is astounding and tempts me to think there is more to everything. However, I doubt there is an explanation we would even be capable of understanding, should there be one. Of course, it's part of the human condition to seek meaning and answers and having been raised with a religion benefited me in some ways. Having supposed answers to questions (such as life after death) was comforting to me as a child. For example, hearing and believing that a grandparent who passed was in Heaven was not as harsh as thinking they simply cease to exist. I do not say with any certainty that there is not more, rather that I just don't know and I don't think anyone can truly know. That of course, brings me right beck to that sticky issue of faith.
@RonLee, LMAO, too true about poster children! Your comment literally made me laugh out loud, thank you!
Part of my earliest disillusionment with the Catholic religion I was raised with, was the lack of exemplary behavior by other Catholics and especially clergy. Toss in the logical fallacies and the rest of the nonsense and I was so disgusted with it all, I could hardly maintain my respect for other's beliefs! Today, I understand people's attachment to religion and I try to respect their beliefs (that which is worthy of respect, and I admit to not respecting a good deal of things, but I won't go into all that, hah). Hey, RonLee, I just noticed something ... does this mean you are BAA to the bone? (Yeah, I'm lame, so what?