In my opinion, religion and science are not opposites, they are in sync with each other and all that is written in the Holy Book (the Quran, in my case) is indeed scientifically provable and probable. For God created everything and He gave us the Holy Book, so how can they contradict each other if they both came from the same source?
Well, for me, I do believe that God is around us. Naturally, logic isn't my strength. Some times, feelings betray me. But then, in nature, look at street dogs, how happy-go-lucky they are, and they still are so practical! To logic, a broken boy with a terrible family history are often members of gangs, of murders, so righteous that they be hanged. But then, does mercy not lend a hand and bend that? Jesus, even in front of cynicism, his faith remains strong, his hope unwavering. He finds mutual things between a peasant and a noble. Those actions, even if we took it as a fantasy, meant that he had feelings comparable to empathy. And we're so surprised by those stories, shocked by oliver twist, or helen keller's life. That too, aligns with logic's hand. So, that is why for me, there are much more, much more! Still, you must be tired of reading :)
Nope. For me, it just doesn't seem possible that there is a greater being like what they portray out there.
Well, I believe in God because it doesn't make sense not to believe in God. And also because humans are the only creatures on earth who wonder if there IS a god and I think that only God could be so creative... Think of all the science, power, and beauty that went into making the world. It's amazing that the universe CAN even make sense scientifically, since there's no reason it should. All of this suggests (to me) that there is an intelligent mind behind creation. (Think about your DNA— so we have an instruction manual to life... Where's the engineer? Where's the writer?) just my thoughts.
AMEN, SISTER/BROTHER/YEETEA. I, too, have trouble believing that everything around us - extremely complex organisms, such a vast universe that is balanced just so precisely in order to sustain life - could have somehow just become like this without help. And, I know people who are just shining walking testimonies - they love God so much, and have seen him do miracles, and these people aren't crazy, okay? I really, earnestly believe in God.
I do believe in God, because I was helped during times of adversity, and I suppose it's also because of my own difficulties and such. It all started with prayer, and listening, and being treated as an outsider.
I believe in God because he's saved my life more times than I can count. There are things in this world that are too good to have arisen by nature itself, such as love and beauty and even life itself. I believe in the bible because no matter how the cynics try to discredit its accuracy or credibility, there's always a response. Because without a God, it makes no sense for nothing to become something. Because Jesus decided to come down from his thrown in heaven and experience what we feel every single day—to come into this mess that we've created and sacrifice himself. He is a God who serves and encourages all to love one another. I believe God is real because scientists still can't explain the ESSENCE of life and how it became... Sure they have theories about how the first cells were created. But LIFE? The thing that sets us apart from a rock? They can't explain that. I can—it's God.
Lol, that's my shpeel.
Hmm, I already replied to this thread. I blame sugar for replying again :P
Of course. No doubt about it. Earth and all of it's creations are here BECAUSE of God. This is personally a very sensitive subject for me. I get really defensive and sometimes have to walk away from people when they try and tell me that there is no God. Who do you think created you? Where do you think you go when you die?...There are so many questions and reasons to WHY there is a God. It's simple. He DIED for you. You were the only thing on his mind when he was on that cross. There is an Atheist in my class at school. He also goes to my church. He doesn't want to tell his parents that he doesn't believe in God, and I fight with him ALL the time. He SERVES THE MASS when he DOESN'T believe!!!!! It just irritates me, that's all. I've kind of gone into a rant and I appologize for that, but it's just my opinion. There IS a God. Period.
I agree with you LeeAnna, but it's not helpful to "rant" to non-Christians. It's not what Jesus would do, it's not the way to witness.....the best thing to do is act like Jesus instead of preach. :)
But it's still my opinion and that's how I'm going to state my opinion. Whether people like the way I do it or not. I really don't care. I am who I am. Don't judge others just because they sin differently than you. Thank you. And if people are non-Christians, well then sorry, but they can take it up with me then. Sure it may not be "What Jesus would've done" but it's what I would've done.
And I ain't preaching. I'm stating my opinion in a personal opinion forum.
I don't really know what I believe. I live in a split household. My mother is Jewish and my father is Catholic. I identify myself as half-Jewish and half-Catholic.I consider myself to be a very logical and analytical person. As such the very idea that there is a magical man who lives in the sky is absurd to me. But it also seems to me that there is no other way for it to be. I believe that there was something before the universe that set off the big bang. Be it a god, a highly advanced civilization, or even a dying star in an alternate universe; something outside of our universe created it. Until it can be proven different, that is what I shall believe.
I am very, very skeptical in saying that I believe in a god. I find it very hard to believe that some god would actually know or even care about us, a small, rather insignificant planet in a star system in the outer arms of one in the billions of galaxies that we are aware of.
Because we cannot explain certain phenomenal events, we turn to a higher being as an answer. It's been happening since humanity has existed.
When given a choice between faith and science, I would choose science because I know I can rely on science. I can pray to a god that when I trip over a stump, I will not fall, but inevitably, no matter how hard I pray, when I trip, I will fall. To say that science is irrelevant means that one hasn't taken the time to look beyond the faith.
I prefer not to associate myself with a specific religion because I don't believe anyone should tell me what I have to believe. I don't believe that if I don't go to a church or temple, a god will condemn me to eternal punishment after death. I could do all the righteous things in the world, but if I don't believe exactly how that religion wants me to believe, I will be eternally punished.
I also think that because we are afraid of death, and of there being nothing after death, that we make a god who chooses his select group of people to go into his kingdom and live in eternal happiness after death. Death is just a mere shutting down of the brain, like a computer. If a computer shuts down, it doesn't go to a computer heaven. Once the hard drive no longer functions, the rest of the machine cannot function, and therefore, the machine shuts down.
If god is so perfect and we are somehow "created in his image," why are we so imperfect? I guess the term "perfect" is not all that clear to me.
However, I refuse to completely deny the existence of a god because to do so would be as equally ignorant as putting sole faith in a god. So, I remain skeptical.
LeeAnna, it isn't worth arguing with you, so I will not continue to do so.
To anyone else: There's a philosophy forum, if you're interested in a deeper discussion of religion. All religiions and atheism are represented there, and everyone is more than respectful, many of us have become friends over this past year. Feel free to join. Since this IS a personal opinions thread, I'm not gonna debate religion with you guys, cuz you might not care to XD but if you do, come on over to philosophy!!! :D
Didn't realize it stating an opinion was considered "arguing" but okay. Bye darling.