i webt to a christian school when i was younger and i belived in God until about 4 years ago. im 15 BTW. I am at the age and point in my life were i really don't know what to think. i was wondering if you guys think god is real then why do you think this and why dont you think he is real? my thoughts are that the world cant have got here by mistake. i mean suppose the big bang theory is true. or supppose life started here because a reaction happend. How did the atoms get there? how did the world get there? how did the universe get there? or galaxy etc etc. What im trying to say is every scientific theory it starts from an atom or something like that.
What do you guys think?
There are just some questions that science can't answer.
Maybe in 200 years science will have definitive answers to these questions, but, in the mean time, it's still safe and reasonable to find philosophical and religious answers on your own...
I think science and the idea of god can go hand in hand.
Supposing God is the creator of the universe, the laws of science that exist in it surely must fall into the design plan, so therefore a better understanding of the science of the universe will lead to a better understanding of its creator. Christian scholars of the middle ages adhered to this philosophy.
Every living organism evolved a certain way. The fact that we have come so far in discovering this shows that some higher being has a plan for us, as far as us finding out who/what we are and where we came from.
As far as hard, physical PROOF of god... well, I don't think it'll happen. Proof nixes Faith, and without faith, God's nothing.
Naw...I don't think God needs faith...god is god, if god is god at all, although I see your point...
The idea of god can meld perfectly with science to those that look for it, or totally oppose god to those that are so inclined...
It's a matter of perspective, I guess...
Yup, perspective. And of what environment you are surrounded by. And possibly your genetic make-up plays a role in what you believe. It's been discussed over and over who is right about God and his/her/its existence, but when it comes down to it, nobody can say "I'm right!". It's all down to how you want the world to be. Either the big questions are explained by that God exists, or you live in uncertainty since science doesn't provide an answer to everything. Your choice
But if you want some pros -cons, here're a few:
Pro: most of the tough questions are answered (where are we from, what made the universe etc.)
Pro: believing in God gives you hope and comfort (especially in tough situations)
Pro: you'll get into heaven
Con: you'll miss alot of Sunday football games
Con: you may become judgemental (goes both ways really)
Con: you could end up relying upon God, when you are really just dependent on yourself.
Con: you could waste much of your life with obeying meaningless rituals and sanctities (remember: if God doesn't exist, that is)
1)Better safe than sorry? Didn't Pascal or some other scientist from back in the day have some sort of theory about that?
2)For some, belief in God provides a heightened sense of moral imperative
1)makes some people insane
2)makes some people close minded
There you have it. Be well.Originally posted by Lord Saber
[b]We want to know whether the universe simply happens to be what it is for no reason or whether there is a power behind it that makes it what it is. Since that power, if it exists, would be not one of the observed facts but a reality which makes them, no mere observation of the facts can find it. There is only one case in which we can know whether there is anything more, namely our own case, and in that one case we find there is. Or put it the other way around. If there was a controlling power outside the universe, it could not show itself to us as one of the facts inside the universe—no more than the architect of a house could actually be a wall, or staircase, or fireplace in that house. The only way in which we could expect it to show itself would be inside ourselves as an influence or a command trying to get us to behave a certain way. And that is just what we do find in ourselves. Surely this ought to arouse our suspicions? In the only case where you can expect to get an answer, the answer turns out to be Yes; and in the other cases, where you do not get an answer, you see what you do not. Suppose someone asked me, when I see a man in a blue uniform going down the street leaving little paper packets at each house, why I suppose that they contain letters? I should reply, “Because whenever he leaves a similar little packet for me I find it does contain a letter.” And if he then objected, “But you’ve never seen all these letters which you think the other people are getting,” I should say, “Of course not, and I shouldn’t expect to, because they are not addressed to me. I’m explaining the packets I’m not allowed to open by the ones I’m allowed to open.” It is the same about this question. The only packet I’m allowed to open is Man. When I do, especially when I open that particular man called myself, I find that I do not exist on my own, that I am under a law; that somebody or something wants me to behave in a certain way. I do not, of course, think that if I could get inside a stone or a tree I should find exactly the same thing, just as I do not think all the other people in the street get the same letters I do. I should expect, for instance, to find that the stone had to obey the law of gravity—that whereas the sender of the letter merely tells me to obey the laws of my human nature. But I should expect to find that there was, so to speak, a sender in both cases, a Power behind the facts, a Director, a Guide.
Writings Of C.S. Lewis.
Well, I've thought about this question for some time...I believe that God does exist but I have no proof to substantiate my belief...so I questioned, "why do I believe in it?"...for the answer, I carefully considered the atheist's argument against God's existence...until I realized that their argument wasnt actually proof against God's existence but rather judgement against the belief in God...their answer turned out to be carefully disguised question "why should you believe in God?"...so the atheist argument could provide no answer either...then I turned to science in search of the answer...the universe is certainly awe-inspiring...filled with mystery and beauty and full of paradoxes...it is at once complex and chaotic and yet simple and ordered...impersonal and yet interconnected...but, alas, no clear answer there...finally, I turned to religion but came to see religions as based upon cultural histories and mythologies...at last, I turned back to myself and there found the answer...I asked myself "would it be possible to force myself to believe that God does not exist?" The answer is no...I would be living a lie for nothing could cause me to believe that God does not exist...I could just as well ask myself "would it be possible to force myself to believe that I do not exist?" Whatever God is...it is as self-evident and inherent to me as I am to myself...so my answer to "why do I believe that God exists?" is simple enough...I believe because I could not believe that God does not exist
I do not believe in god, but believe that bibles and kohrans and religeons have been important for many reasons. They all helped explain things like creation of people and the beginning of earth, which no one at those times could explain. Now though, i believe that science has progressed beyond god. If noahs ark was real, how did dodo birds get to his ship? they cant swim or fly nor would they just appear out of thin air. If adam and eve is real, where do dinosaurs and single cell organisms come in that date back millions of years. And finally, how could god exist? it says we were created in his image, yet i doubt there is some guy who looks like us, and one day goes
"hmm. im bored, ill make a centillion little stars and galaxies spanning almost unlimited amounts of space, and ill make a little circle thats not even 1 billionth of a billionth of the size of this space, with people that look like me living on it. Ooh how fun!
I dont want to insult anyone, but im very set in my ways. I was brought up christian, but now believe in science.