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Message Subject I'm an Atheist. Why should I believe in a god? Which god? and why?
Poster Handle Anonymous Coward
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Thank you, I'll watch with great interest.
I've just started looking into it recently and have done all the research I've had time for. But I wanted to know from others experiences rather than just statments and public talks. Anyway, I'm open minded if I can see the benefits and don't have to lose grip on reality in the sense that I know it.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 32076855

You're welcome, and I don't mean to be that harsh, but to CHALLENGE you to break out from your preconceived ideas. Science is an inquiry based discipline. So is philosophy. So is spirituality. Don't be passive. This road to God is far more difficult, and in the end Reason alone is not very comforting or satisfying.

Why? It's the wrong body part! You must find God using your Soul, the totality of your being. You intuit God by sensing God, seeing God in Creation, and then you have a mystical experience, an Epiphany in which all makes sense in a transitory moment.

Then having that, reading spiritual texts and using Reason you can immerse yourself in it. You must first decide to want God in your life. Otherwise you will never find God. Many people search for God and don't find God. It's because you don't have the right intention.
 Quoting: Don'tBeAfraid

Thank you yet again, I'm half way through the videos.
We all have preconceived ideas to an extent, but mine are fair on this I think. I've actually been a christian that believed in the bible with lots of faith. I have experienced the epiphany, and even now I can say that it was a great experience and life changing. I've had other experiences too that I deemed spiritual and from god.
The problem came when I looked deeper into to the bible, and then science and the bible. I used to believe people like Kent Hovind briefly and Answers From Genesis. But when I noticed that they keep using arguments that have been answered but talking like they haven't, I found them to be biased and dishonest. In fact, any evidence they gave seemed to get discredited. So I turned away from Creationism but still believed.
My great disbelief came from actually reading the old testament, I just couldn't believe it. Even though I tried my best to find culture and context. Then to find the gospels were from believers other than the disiples, it just lost all credibility with me.
But I know what it is like to be immersed. That's why I guess, I consider the Atheistic Pantheism. To have the community sense along with a positive "I want to make the world a better place" attitude.
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