I had a bit of an argument with my wife regarding the basis of faith and how those of us who have or have had faith in God force ourselves to be either willfully ignorant or unknowingly hypocritical. She pointed out that no one can judge another person's relationship with God and all I could do was shake my head and try to get her to understand the following.
Individuals, especially of the Abrahamic faiths tend to believe in a variations of the God(s) spoken of in their religious texts. To 99.999% of believers God is not the sovereign that is found on the pages of scripture but rather a subjective, personal, mental construct of each believing individual. The individual personifies God in their minds and limits God to the prism of their perception making God far less than what a real 'God' should be. To most, God becomes a loving, mighty, and powerful personal entity that offers them service, guidance, and protection in return for praise and gratitude. This 'god' entity is not God at all, but rather a created machination used by a person to help them in life by offering them hope of not only overcoming trials, but also hope of being able to live in a manner that is closer to THE PERSON'S ideals of what is right and moral. Bottom line, people don't serve God, they tend to want to subject not only themselves but also the people they encounter with being subserviant to their own ideals and beliefs pertaining to how one should live and also think.
"To 99.999% of believers God is not the sovereign that is found on the pages of scripture but rather a subjective, personal, mental construct of each believing individual"
Can I see the source data/ peer reviewed papers/evidence for this mathematical statistic please? Ive noticed atheist's use that statistic a lot.
It comes in handy for being almost 99.9 percent mathematically certain about something. Not quite there but, we'll make up the other .1 and make it an even 100% Certain i.e we will lie.
It is not in any way religious to observe "creation" for want of a better word (sorry because there is no better word for getting up an atheists nose and giving him/her an epileptic fit huh?, perhaps because the word is a divine concept in itself, hard for the logician to get the brain around?) I digress.
Again it is not in any way "religious' to make "scientific" observations of one's surroundings, and conclude that indeed before me is all creation, land, ocean animals plants stars moon sun cosmos etc, it is not in any way religious to conclude. or hypothesis or theorize "scientifically" that something/someone/whatever "created it all" To think that "nothing" whatsoever had "anything" to do with ALL of it is in no way "religious" that is in fact certifiably insane and should be classified as the meaning of insanity in the dictionary. For now the word Atheism shall suffice.
Calling this theory "God" is where it perhaps becomes immediately deemed "Oh so very religious" by the pious atheist but one must call it something, it is the something/how that ALL "religions" of the world's are create out of including the oh so very religious atheist evolutionist.
You get all hot and bothered by the Ex Nihilo, something out of noting theory and yet the whole atheist position is based on "nothing out of something" - THIS this makes atheism an insane position. It is an observable measurable scientific fact that Atheism is insane. Don't wake up and become a Christian, just wake up would be enough.