Originally posted by Andrew Hamilton
I also often wondered why theists cannot understand the view point of atheists and visa versa.
In fact, I often wonder what determines whether a person is a theist or an atheist. I cannot imagine myself being a theists in any world where critical and independent thought was allowed. I also cannot imagine myself being a theists even in any world wh y what they want to be true) while atheists generally do not 'choose' what they believe.
Some comments from a Christian on your thoughts:
In fact, I often wonder what determines whether a person is a theist or an atheist.
I am a child of the 60s. I don't think I was ever a real atheist. I recall adopting a kind of Oversoul or Deistic concept. I recall saying "Hey, I'M god".
I don't recall being one saying that there is no God period. I had long stretches of time where I didn't care about any diety. To talk about "searching for God" to me would be like a mouse searching for a cat. It wasn't going to happen !
I am being honest and exploring where we had or have some common ground.
But to be honest, if I ever was an atheist, I would be ashamed to admit it. That is because I think it now to be so bad
of a philosophy. But now I am biased I guess.
I would feel ashamed of admitting such a bad thought process now as I would feel ashamed to having, say, smoked hashesh or pot.
Its nothing to boast in, IMO.
I cannot imagine myself being a theists in any world where critical and independent thought was allowed.
I think the MAIN
reason I believe in God now is because of Jesus Christ
. At least God was not REAL to me until the day I called upon the name of Jesus
Absolutely, in my case, God became more than just an academic or philosophical musing to me, the night I called upon the name of Jesus
Sure, before that time, I did a lot of argueing about G-O-D. But I was in control all the way. It was through the name of Jesus that God became a available Person to me in my enjoyment and experience.
Jesus is the event horizon near God the Father. Don't get too close. You might get pulled in.