inanity empire wrote:
I don't have a god, and faith is a way of life that I am yet to follow. I just can't believe that 'God' exists. It's far too big a concept for my little mind to understand. My imagination is pretty good, but A god? Isn't that just taking it a bit too far? I mean, some people are worshipping something in the sky, which might not even exist! Can't we stop chasing insanity and just stay safe by worshipping what we know is real. Isn't the Earth good enough for us? If God is real, I would ask him: "Why do people suffer?"
I can answer part of that. You might not like it, but it's still an answer. It's also a question, or a series of questions.
Would we know courage, if we didn't know fear? Would we know what true strength is, if we were never weak? Would we know what sincere compassion is, if we didn't experience sincere cruelty? Would we know tolerance if we didn't know pain? Would we know exhilaration without despair?
We suffer, because when we rise up and beat it, we are stronger and better for it.
And why not A god? You yourself said it's a concept beyond human understanding...so how could man invent it? Now, here within us is a truly bizarre nature. For example, I'll simplify the concepts the author and theologian C.S. Lewis brought up, without even mentioning God, or any god, period:
In all situations, we know what we want
to do, and what we ought
to do. If this is all there is, where does this "ought" come from? And why does all mankind have this extra sense? If you think you don't have it, just think of a situation where you thought or said, "Hey, that's not fair!" That means you want others to hold themselves to a higher standard. If this is all there is, there would be no such thing as this other, higher standard. If that standard is higher than us, it must be perfect. If this is all there is, how did it get there? How could we come up with it? Why do we know what this perfect standard is, if we also know it's impossible to achieve?
Just some ideas to consider.