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22 September 2005 @ 10:12 pm
On belief  
You know how there are people who insist they "know" that God exists? That he knows and loves each of us individually? That there's an afterlife with no pain or sorrow?

They don't know that. They may feel it deeply, but they don't know. That's why it's called belief, and not knowledge.

I don't have that depth of belief. I don't feel belief in much.

ericrowe, fenriss and I were discussing this tonight. We came up with the conclusion that practicing one's religion on a regular basis creates the neural pathways necessary to feel that level of belief. That people who claim to know because they feel it deep inside don't really know, but have believed so long it's burned that deeply into their brains. Does that mean it's not true? I don't know.

One thing I do feel is that there is a Creator. Life is so complex, so wonderfully put together, I find it more likely that a being created it than that it is all a coincidence. That is bedrock for me. But apart from that, I'm not sure of much. I tend to think that most religions get a piece of it right, but how big or small a piece, I do not know. I don't feel sure there's an afterlife. I don't feel sure there's a reason for the things that happen. I want there to be, but I don't know.

I choose to believe there is. I act as if there's a God who wants us to care for each other. I choose to believe in an afterlife, where we are free of fear and pain. I don't know if it's there. But I hope it is.

I don't want conscious life to be a pointless exercise. I want there to be a reason. And more than anything, I want there to be something better than this.
Crazy Monkeys on Landmine Islandsplifford on September 23rd, 2005 07:24 am (UTC)
it's called faith.

you should read "Dynamics of Faith" by Paul Tillich. it's an amazing book.