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    Quote Originally Posted by sassafrassquatch View Post
    God is an imaginary friend for weak minded adults who can't deal with reality.
    I thought I had this covered in the two opening posts. It may even be a good idea for a strong-minded person to envision the archetype of God so long as they acknowledge it as that.
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    People, what are your reasons for believing in God?
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    I sent my soul into the invisible,
    Some letter of that after life to spell.
    And by and by my soul returned to me
    And answered, I myself am heaven and hell.
    -- Omar Khayyam [Rubaiyat]

    Edit: This is not a reply to BlueWing's last post but rather a thought that popped into my mind after reading the opening post and subsequent discussion. I am still exploring these issues--my thoughts are not yet solidified, causing me to vacillate between atheistic and agnostic beliefs.
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    No personal God.

    If God is the unifying feature of nature, its structure and fundamental energy, there is no reason not to accept pantheism as a matter of definition, an approach.

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    I grew up in a very christian home. Very churchy and all that.

    Now I tend to side with Mark Twain, if there is a God then he is not good and he is not loving and life is a cruel joke for his amusement.

    It's a depressing thought so I've turned to happier ones like living for today.

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    I do not intellectually believe in a personal God, but I give my heart over to the idea of it. The story of a personal God--in particular, for me, the Christian God--is one that is edifying, even if I can't intellectually accept it as factual.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eileen View Post
    I do not intellectually believe in a personal God, but I give my heart over to the idea of it. The story of a personal God--in particular, for me, the Christian God--is one that is edifying, even if I can't intellectually accept it as factual.
    Do Gods of Olympus and Islam seem less charismatic to you? If so, why?
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    Quote Originally Posted by BlueWing View Post
    People, what are your reasons for believing in God?
    The belief in God is never truly about reason or logic, imo. It is... alogical... (teeheehee). The belief that I have in a loving God is one hundred percent an emotional, spiritual impulse that has nothing to do with evidence or the sort of reason that we've come to expect in our age.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eileen View Post
    The belief in God is never truly about reason or logic, imo. It is... alogical... (teeheehee). The belief that I have in a loving God is one hundred percent an emotional, spiritual impulse that has nothing to do with evidence or the sort of reason that we've come to expect in our age.
    So, you're ok with believing in God even though you know that there is no reason to believe in anything of the like?
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    Quote Originally Posted by BlueWing View Post
    Do Gods of Olympus and Islam seem less charismatic to you? If so, why?
    I choose the Christian god because it is my context--but yes, I'd say that I find the Christian god a good deal more irresistible than the Olympians... I'd say that the Islamic god is related to the Christian god in no small way, so I may find resonance there, but those stories are not my stories.
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