Originally posted by DragonFriend
I've often wondered if God was simply an idea in my head and not a real entity. But I keep having experiences that say otherwise.
Things like - trying to break up a pillar of concrete with a sledge hammer and the only time the stuff actually breaks is when I pray before the swing (this went on for a few hours), or praying that my pissed-off bent-out-o out of random chance. But it's easy to conclude that God did what He promised He'd do.
These certainly are events that could be attributed to an outside force, but it could also be that your faith in this force was the actual catalyst for the success of the actions. Your belief that God aided you is what actually aided you and not God, Himself.
I am not trying to disassemble your belief. Really.
I often have moments of my own where I cannot seem to accomplish a task - but instead of praying, I focused within and draw from faith in myself and was able to accomplish that which I was unable previous. I tried 7 time in one year to quit smoking and never could. One morning I woke up and just said - I am done, and I meant it - Have not touched a smoke since. Have not even been tempted.
You attribute your success in those situations to God. I attribute mine to myself and my own will.
I can honestly admit that I COULD be wrong, because I do not profess to know, with certainty, how it all began.
I think the difference is that you do.
Around/Almost 2 Billion people on this planet are some form of Christian. By your belief, your Christian beliefs are right....so does that mean that the other 5 billion people on this planet that believe differently are wrong?
Science and verifiable fact is the path I choose to follow.