Do you see a problem with insisting that the normal ways in which you determine fact from fiction is something you have to turn off in order to maintain the belief in God?
I really don't see a problem with it. I think you have to give up reason and rely on faith. Granted, you may want to keep reason around to use here in the living world
The minute you stop using your normal truth detecting methods and rely on your gut, you are no longer looking for the truth. You're just looking to make yourself feel better.
Faith is believing in something you know ain't true. - Mark Twain. “Faith is the highest passion in a human being. Many in every
generation may not come that far, but none comes further.”
? Søren Kierkegaard
Since when does being passionate about something have anything to do with it being true? And do you really think having a high amount of passion about religion (something you already admit you turn off your normal truth detection methods for) is a good thing? That's scary as hell if you ask me. That's what drives planes into buildings.
A lot of people preach that having faith is a good thing. Ask yourself though... is it? Stop and think about it. Is it good and right to believe in something for which there is no evidence? To believe in something just because other people tell you to? No, it's not.
All I know is the facts that you throw at me are compelling at the least. But I feel better inside , I am more understanding of my children, of the woman I am going to marry, I feel more content about life. I feel relieve from the horrible things that I have done in my life . Maybe it is just because I am getting older and wanting to settle down , as someone else has brought up , I really don't know, But at this point , Dude , I am happy. What else is there? Really.
If you want to believe in something that makes you feel better, then don't go with the Christian God. Make something up on your own, and then don't try to pass it off as true to everyone else. You won't hear a word from us if you do that.
Happiness is great, but Christianity can be very dangerous riley. I could link you pages and pages of awful things people do in the name of God. Your insistence that you are happy believing in God is akin to asking us to just respect what you believe, but what you may not understand is that by asking us to accept your belief in the Christian God, you provide a form of protection for those who do awful things in Gods name (because we have to respect their faith too). People of faith generally
don't speak out against other people of faith; even if they say and do the most horrible things. So when we scream out against Catholics in Africa, or abortion clinic bombings, WE look like the bad guys. Somewhere that needs to stop. And if that somewhere begins with criticizing ALL people of faith, then so be it.
Here is the thing... I really don't think you believe in the Christian God, riley. What you believe in is an idealized version of the fictional characters of Jesus and God that has been fed to you by people who want you to think that's what God is really like. The bible tells paints a very different picture of who God is, and that God is not the version that makes you feel better about life. If you really believed in THAT God, you would not feel good about it. It is the idealized, contrived version that makes you feel better. The God that can do no wrong, and that wouldn't harm a fly... That's the God you love to believe in. But that's a fictional God. It's made up. And it's certainly not the God of the bible.
So make up something else. Make up your knight in shining armor that comes to the rescue and develop your own theology for him and all that. Just don't call him the God of the bible.