Your post is pretty typical of Christians coming here, the usual backpedaling, etc. Do you understand why I think it’s nonsense when you claim to “have known God’s presence”? It’s because all theists, of any religion, claim the same thing. Are all gods true then?
I was a Christian too. I was sure God was good and sure that I “felt” something. But I could also feel that I heard Santa’s bootsteps on the roof too. Not exactly the best verification of the existence of some mythical being. And what a bizaare church you supposedly went too. Talk about a textbook example of how ridiculous religion is, when Christians are all sure that they and only they are “right”. Just like you.
You have claimed this “God made me believe his unbelievable story” which is, frankly, hilarious. What a great way to dispense with any personal responsibility. Oooh, God made me do it. LOL Sorry, don’t believe it at all. You found a myth you liked that made you feel good and you now want some divine excuse for accepting such nonsense. Religion is a heady draught. You become the best thing ever, so important that a omnipotent/omniscient/ omnibenevolent deity is concerned for you and only you. I do love how Christians decide that they are so special and that everyone else, who God didn’t take a *personal* involvement in are damned just by that whim.
I’m sure you wouldn’t use the term that God altered your mind
God made me believe his unbelievable story
but that’s exactly what you are claiming. You’ve created your own religion, so you can feel superior that God has told you what he “really” meant. You pick and choose which pretty baubles you find attractive. and if your mom prays to her god that you’ll change back, I do think she thinks you’ve lost faith and are damned. Why pray if she didn’t feel that way? Why appeal to this god which is ostensible your god, to change you if you aren’t wrong? You want to claim that God changed you and then you want to turn around and claim that it’s a choice. That’s a contradiction, TS, you can’t have your cake and eat it too. And comparing this forcible action by God to a human trying to change a person’s mind is just pathetic. I do enjoy when Christians must depower their god in an attempt to make a poor analogy.
You have made claim after claim about God, first and foremost, that God *made* you believe. See in the preceeding paragraph, no equivocation, you are trying to claim a fact.
My God does not damn you. Why do you think you are so important that God is just waiting up there or wherever he is - waiting to damn you. What a peculiar thing to think. I do believe in the elect. You dont even believe in God - so I cannot imagine why it would be a problem for you. You know I always find it amusing that people who dont believe in God devote so much time and energy in discussing God. Welll that is you choice.
As has been already noted, funny on how your bible says that your God does indeed damn people. And I love your indignant whines about how dare anyone think they are so important that God is just waiting up there. Hilarious to hear that from someone who is sure that God is just waiting to force belief on him. It doesn’t’ surprise me at all that a vain person like you is sure that they are “elect”. All of this whining about how you made a choice and then you come up with that. And the reason that I choose to discuss God is to demonstrate how ridiculous it is and to demonstrate how ridiculous believers are. Christians are so silly. None of you can agree on what your God really means but you are all sure you have the right answer. We have Christians saying that there are elect or that it is totally free will; that people are damned or not; that you need grace and/or faith and/or works to get saved; that god gives faith or not; etc. Of course it is of no benefit to you to actually have to think about your faith, if you did that, you’d likely lose it. But you have so much of your self-worth wrapped up in this belief that you run away, whining that “I don’t have to prove God to you.” And that you have never met anyone who has taken up the challenge to prove the bible wrong is a lovely indicator on just how willfully ignorant you are. I’m quite willing to take it up, just by pointing out that none of the vital events of the bible have any evidence of ever happening and plenty of evidence to the contrary.
And you’re right, it definitely doesn’t take a genius to believe in God. Nice appeal to a fallacy, http://www.nizkor.org/features/fallacies/appeal-to-popularity.html
, there, TS.