Originally posted by checkbaiter
Those are His rules, not mine. Take it or leave it. I took it.
And found it to be true.
if those are the rules, then i will leave it. given the lack of evidence, i don't see how my faith could ever be "sincere" anyway. how can one commit his intellect to beliefs that he perceives to be completely arbitrary? it would be the height of insincerity, like trying to feign love.
religion offers "answers" to the questions surrounding the seeming absurdity of life. the only thing i can see that many of these answers have going for them is the lack of solid proof against them -- which is to say, nothing at all. FYI, i have also yet to disprove the notion that there is a family of invisible elves that live in my left sneaker.
"At a certain point on his path the absurd man is tempted. History is not lacking in either religion or prophets, even without gods. He is asked to leap. All he can reply is that he doesn't fully understand, that it is not obvious....He is assured that this is the sin of pride....An attempt is made to get him to admit his guilt. He feels innocent. To tell the truth, that is all he feels -- his irreparable innocence....To a man devoid of blinders, there is no finer sight than that of the intelligence at grips with a reality that transcends it....To impoverish that reality whose inhumanity constitutes man's majesty is tantamount to impoverishing him himself. I understand then why the doctrines that explain everything to me also debilitate me at the same time. They relieve me of the weight of my own life, and yet I must carry it alone."