Originally posted by mattlock
I find it very odd that so called athiests want to talk about God so often.I rarely ever hear questions about other beliefs let alone as strongly as christianity.It seems that all through history mankind has been fighting God and his people consistently.Is it because the truth is really in your hearts and your fighting against it.Please give God a chance what could it hurt?
I come from a country which declared itself a "Christian Nation". 99% of my friends and family are Christian. As an Agnostic I often find myself discriminated against and looked down upon. At some times this has been to the extent that I have wanted to become Christian just to fit in.
I now live in a much more mixed society with Christians, Muslims and Athiests and feel much less preasure to be anything in particular. I must say that the muslims I have met have never tried in any way to promote thier religion to me whereas Christians often do.
I cant quite make out the meaning of some of your post but I think you are implying that Christianity is somehow more rejected than other religions. I dispute this and so would most Jews!
One major reason why I and others discuss God on this forum is because some Christians have tried to distort science in order to promote thier religion. I believe that a good understanding in science is good for all mankind and therefore would like to promote the correct understanding of it.
I have no problem with people believing that the world was created by God about 6000 years ago. What I have a problem with is when they then say that the Theory of Evolution is fundamentally flawed and that all science that points to an over 4 billion year old earth is wrong.
Please give God a chance what could it hurt?
I have tried very hard in the past to give God a chance but have totally failed to convince my self of his existence and have seen absolutely no evidence for it and seen overwhelming evidence to the contrary.
Originally posted by Villager
For those of you who don't believe in God, what's the absolute least that would make you do so?
For me to believe in a God I would need to see some sort of pattern in life beyond that can not be easily explained by random chance. For example people who pray gettting significantly more of what they want than people who dont.
If God regularly breaks the laws of physics I think it would have shown up in a scientific experiment by now unless he specifically does not want it to be known, therefore using science to find God is impossible.
Most of the teaching in Christianity does not make logical sense to me and although I would love to have life after death, even that doesnt make a whole lot of sense. For me to become a Christian I would need to have some sort of miracle or "leap of faith" which would blind me to my current understanding of life and the universe. I would probably also need one of those "secret decoder rings"