Hi again Bible Student,
I don't see a response t this question:
Again, because I find the Bible to be an exceptional, accurate, and convincing account of why the world and life exists. I do not find this to be true in any other religious or mythical belief.Which other religious belief systems have you studied? I only ask because what you say in the quote above sounds like you've researched, and then rejected, multiple religions other than christianity, and concluded THEN that christianity is right. Is that the case?
Of course, you don't have to
answer me, but I'm even more curious now, as you indicated in a later post that your personal beliefs have evolved quite a bit in the last few years. More information on that would be appreciated.
Also, you asked: If your 19 or 20 year old child came to you one day and said, "mom/dad, I have decided to place my faith in Jesus and am denouncing my athiest beliefs", would you tell them that they are a deluded lunatic?
Much like Quesi (although with considerably less forethought) I raised my kids without formal religion being part of our lives. I was ambivalent about the entire concept of God during those years. I was raised Catholic, but had not attended church for several years by the time my firstborn came along, and was seriously questioning my beliefs. At that point, I could best be described as agnostic, and became quite adept at explaining to my kids that "some people believe A, but other people believe B, and still others think that C is probably the case." When asked what I
thought, I usually responded that I was still looking for answers (if the topic was religion - we used these phrases to talk about a lot of things over the years).
Now, my 26 YO son is an atheist, but he's mostly quiet about it to the outside world (unlike his mother who can't seem to shut up about it). My daughter, on the other hand, recently told me that she sees some value in the deist position - she'll be 22 on Saturday. We talked about it a bit, and I'm sure it will come up again, but the simple fact is she's welcome to believe whatever she wants to. That's how belief works - I could no more talk her out of her belief (if it's an actual belief,
as opposed to an idea
) than I could fly under my own power. And I can live with that quite easily. She's a kindhearted person who typically only gets worked up over matters of injustice or intolerance. If she's happier with a belief in a non-participatory creator god, it hurts no one, including her. If she shifts further into a theist position, we'll discuss it, and yes, I would be concerned, mostly because it would represent a major shift in her personality, and I would want to know what prompted it.