If man could answer all of your questions…
From the IAmAnAtheist.com feedback form:
It is possiable to have a mind, and believe that God is real or not or vica-versa. It is impossible to have knowladge of God and for God not to exist, because He was, is and will always be part of your life; if you choose to believe in God or not; (this is because others believe in the truth of God). If however it is proved that God exist, it is impossible for an unbeliver to believe the proffer, because of the unbelievers unbelief. Hence the only way for you to know that God exists, is for you to change your mind. In simpler terms if a man could answer all your questions then you wouldn’t need God. Try ignoring what people say about God incuding me if you like, and ask yourself how did you learn your basic math, english, walking and talking. Then ask yourself who tought you to dream and think. As you might be able to tell I believe in God, but I stopped listen to what others said. I stopped looking for God and God came looking for me, the only reason people know I now believe in God is because I told them things before they happened. They still don’t believe what I do, but the accecpt that’s what I believe. P.s I know it can be annoying having people coming up to you telling you about Jesus, but alot of them are just doing what they believe to be true. well I hope this helps you in some way even if its to get people off your back so you can come to your own understanding of choice. God bless if you like.
You make quite a few points, so in the interest of trying to strike a balance between length and thoroughness, I’ll try to touch on each in brief.
- I agree that some intelligent people believe in God and some do not.
- If we define knowledge (as Plato did) as justified true belief, then I agree that it is impossible to have knowledge of God if God does not exist (because even a justified belief wouldn’t be true).
- I agree that, in a sense, “God” is part of my life because others believe in Him — at least in the same sense that ghosts are part of my life because I encounter people who believe in ghosts.
- I disagree that an “unbeliever” can necessarily not be convinced God exists by valid proof that God exists. I agree that some people have unjustified opinions about whether or not God exists, and that these people are frequently immune to evidence. However, if an unbeliever counters an argument for the existence of God with an equally valid disproof (as opposed to dismissing the argument out of hand), then I suspect that the problem is with the argument, not with the unbeliever.
- Humanity cannot answer all my questions, but I still don’t need God because I am comfortable with the fact that there are some questions I will never find answers to. I’d rather not have an answer to a question than to prefer an answer simply because it is convenient, pleasant, traditionally treated as true, or something I “have a strong feeling about.”
- So far as I can tell, I learned math, English, walking, and talking from my parents. Dreaming and thinking are functions of my body, just like the beating of my heart, and I didn’t have to learn them from anyone. They are part of my biology. However, I had to learn how to think (and, to some extent, dream) well largely on my own.
- I’d be interested in hearing more about things that came to pass after you said they would happen. I’m rather skeptical on that topic.
- I am not annoyed by people who speak to me about Jesus, and I agree that many of them are doing it out of kindness. What I am annoyed by is the subset of those people who are a loathsome combination of misinformed and smug — they drive me up the wall.